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What Is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), commonly known as autism, refers to a complex and broad range of symptoms that may cause social, emotional, and communication challenges. The condition may take the form of repetitive behaviors such as repetitive movements or vocal ticks (stimming), limited language skills, fixations or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), emotional challenges, sensory processing issues, or some combination of these and other symptoms.

What Is Autism

Autism is a lifelong condition which affects everyone differently. Just as symptoms vary widely among individuals on the autism spectrum, outcomes run the gamut of human experience. While some individuals with autism may require daily care throughout life, others learn to function independently, and some lead highly successful, impactful lives.

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Treatment for Autism

While there is no cure for ASD, and while neurodiversity should be celebrated, many individuals with autism may benefit from treatment such as ABA therapy. While autism cannot be detected with straightforward medical testing like blood tests, trained practitioners can usually diagnose a child with autism by age 2 or younger. While therapy may be helpful at any stage of life, early intervention is known to produce better outcomes in children with autism.

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