What is ASD?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the term given for a developmental condition which affects the following areas

social interaction
communication- verbal and nonverbal
repetitive behaviors
sensory processing
Each person with ASD is different- If you have met one person with Autism you have met ONE person with Autism
diagnosis for ASD usually occurs by age 3
ASD affects people from all walks of life, all countries, all social classes and all ethnic backgrounds
Autism occurs four times more in boys than in girls
Early intervention improves the symptoms of ASD


SIGNS OF AUTISM BEFORE 12 MONTHS- Dr. Annette Nunez Phd, LMFT- Director Breakthrough Interventions Denver, USA

Child does not respond to his/her name when called
Child does not imitate physical gestures (i.e. waving, pointing, smiling, etc.)
Child does not imitate sounds
Child does not babble
Does not use gestures to communicate (i.e. pointing, waving, etc.)
Child does not make direct eye contact
Child does not follow adults pointed finger
Child lacks shared enjoyment
Child has more interest in objects more than people
Child lacks back and forth communication such as sharing of sounds, smiles, and other facial gestures.


Child does not have any spoken words
Child does not have meaningful two word phrases
Child does not respond to verbal instructions
Child has limited play skills with toys
Child plays with toys in unusual ways (i.e. spinning, sniffing licking objects)
Child prefers to play alone, seems aloof
Child appears disinterested in people or unaware of people around them
Child lacks imaginative play skills
Child has repetitive motor movements (i.e. walking in circles, jumping, pacing)
Child has an unusual insistence on routine
Child has a sensitivity to external lights and sounds
Child has extreme emotional outburst such as laughing or crying for no apparent reason