You’ve probably heard of Autism
but what you might not know is that Autism is not a single disease but a group of disorders that affect a child's behavior, communication, and social skills. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASDs, are affected by many factors that will shape their future. The good news is that the long-term outcomes of children with ASDs have been improving.
If you have any concerns about your child’s growth, development, or behavior, please talk with your pediatrician
. The sooner ASDs are identified, the sooner a child can receive the help he or she needs. Read on to learn more about ASDs.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org