What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disability that is the result of a neurological disorder.  It affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction, behavior and communication.  Autism Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella label that encompasses Autism, Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS. 


What's New?
 
New Autism Prevalence Numbers The CDC estimates the number of children in the United States being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is now 1 in 88.  Autism now can be declared an epidemic in the United States.  To read more about the prevalence numbers and their impact, visit the Autism Speaks website by clicking here

Proposed Changes to the DSM-V Criteria The DSM-V is set to come out in May of 2013.  There are some proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Michelle Garcia Winner has written a blog explaining these changes and her thoughts on the impact of the proposed changes to individuals, families and schools.  To find out what she has to say, click here.