Getting to Know the Autism Spectrum

New diagnostic criteria have been issued for individuals with autism. Instead of recognizing different autism subtypes such as Asperger’s, autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), the new criteria groups all types of autism under the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, the types and degrees of impairment that children experience still vary widely.

This expert explains that some children with autism may be entirely nonverbal and display restricted behavior patterns while other children with autism may experience mild speech and language limitations.

Children who have displayed some of the signs of autism can find the help they need at The Behavior Exchange located in Plano. Parents throughout the DFW area can call (888) 716-8084 to inquire about our family centered services .

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