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Get the Facts! Autism & ABA

Posted by Gina Giambi Peters on

What is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first 3 years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.

Autism is a spectrum disorder.

It affects each individual differently and at varying degrees. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. 

Signs to look for:

  • Child tunes others out.
  • Child has challenging behaviors.
  • Speech and Language Delay
  • Child has odd movement patterns (i.e. flapping hands)
  • Child does not know how to play with toys.
  • Child does not respond to their name.
  • Child shows unusual attachment to toys/rigid schedules.
  • Little to no eye contact.

Did you know?

  • Currently, there is no cure or medical detection for autism.
  • According to the CDC, autism now affects 1 in 110 children.
  • It affects 1 in 70 boys.
  • Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States.
  • Autism receives 5% less of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.


Source: The Shape of Behavior

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