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What is Autism?

About Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

What is Autism

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder. Unlike common cold or flu, no physical symptoms can be used to identify an individual with ASD. Individuals with ASD have difficulties in communication and social interaction and the level of severity varies. For example, one on the less severe end can hold a typical conversation but one on the severe end may not be able to speak at all. Some have great social interest while some prefer to be alone; Some are able to live independently while some may need to live with support.

Red Flags of ASD

Learn the early signs of autism and find the best intervention to help your child.

Eye contact

Making little or inconsistent eye contact and gestures to regulate social interactions.

Lack of empathy

Social and communication deficits, struggle to understand social cues.


Inflexible thinking and resistance to minor changes in routines or surroundings.

Repetitive behaviors

Repetitive or ritualistic behaviors such as flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.

How do I know if my Child is Autistic?

Since there is no physical symptom in autism, we cannot use medical tests (e.g., blood test) to diagnose a person with autism. In addition, Autism Spectrum Disorder varies widely in symptoms and severity, making a diagnosis may be difficult. Although autism is hard to diagnose before 24 months, symptoms often surface between 12 and 18 months. In order to properly diagnose, psychologists use different screening and assessment tools to make observations in children’s behaviors and responses.

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Best therapy For Autism

Currently, no treatment has been shown to cure ASD, but several interventions have been developed and show significant improvement in cognitive ability, language and communication skill and reduction in stereotypical behaviors. Starting therapy early improves the chances for your child’s success, and it’s never too late for treatment. All children with autism can benefit from early intervention, and some may gain enough skills to be able to attend mainstream school. There is also no one-size-fits-all when it comes to treatment. Treatment plans should be tailored according to each individual’s needs. The goal of treatment is to maximize your child’s ability to function by reducing autism spectrum disorder symptoms and supporting their development and learning. Furthermore, increasing one’s independence can help to participate in the community. 

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