Autism Awareness Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complex, lifelong development condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships and self regulation.  The Autism experience is different for everyone.  It is defined by a certain set of behaviours and is often referred to as a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees

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Early identification is associated with dramatically better outcomes for people with Autism.  The earlier a child is diagnosed, the earlier they can begin benefiting from early intervention therapies and education. 

There is no medial test, such as blood work or brain scans for diagnosing Autism.  An accurate medial diagnosis must be based on observations of the individual’s communication, social interaction and their activities and interests.  Whilst there is not a single behavioural or communication test that can detect Autism, several Autism-specific tools are now being used for formal diagnosis. The characteristic behaviours of ASD may or may not be apparent in infancy (18-24 months), but usually becomes obvious during early childhood (24 months – 6 years)