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What is Autism?

There is no one type of autism, but many.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

Signs of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

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About My Autism

  • I can be sensitive to noise and light.

  • Repetitive movements help me regulate my body.

  • I don't always understand social communication and rules.

  • Sometimes I repeat things a lot or can't find the right words to express myself.

  • It makes me uncomfortable to look people in the eyes.

  • I lack coordination between my mind and body.

  • Sometimes I prefer to be alone.

WE UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH AND WE'RE HERE
TO HELP WHEN YOU NEED US

How ABA Can Help Me

  • ABA programs for autism are not one size fits all.

  • ABA is a flexible treatment that can be adapted to meet the needs of each unique person.

  • ABA teaches skills that are useful in everyday life.

  • ABA treatment plans break down skills like communication and language, social skills, play, motor skills as well as learning and academics into small concrete steps.

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