What is ASD?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental brain disorders, specifically referring to the wide range of symptoms, skills, disability or impairment that children with ASD can have.  Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, but others are severely disabled.  The disorders included in ASD are:  

  • Autistic disorder
  • Asperger disorder/syndrome
  • Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)

For more information and a parent’s guide to ASD, please visit the National Institute of Mental Health website. 
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/index.shtml