What Is Autism?

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a category of developmental disabilities that cause a wide range of symptoms that can vary in severity. In recent years, scientists have identified multiple factors that may contribute to the development of autism. It is believed that some gene mutations may cause autism. However, many individuals are believed to develop autism due to a combination of gene mutations and environmental factors, including maternal illness during pregnancy, fetal oxygen deprivation, and advanced parental age at conception.

Children with ASD face varying challenges. ASD can involve motor skill deficits and communication impairment, for example. One child with autism may be entirely nonverbal, while another may struggle with the social context of language. Other challenges associated with autism include poor social skills, behavioral difficulties, and physical health concerns such as sleep disturbances.

If your child was diagnosed with autism, you can find the resources you need to help him or her thrive at The Behavior Exchange. Call our location near Dallas at (972) 312-8733 to discuss how our behavior classes may help your little one.

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