AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a person’s ability to communicate and interact socially with others. ASD is a serious, lifelong condition whose symptoms can be minimized with ABA intervention.
The symptoms of ASD include: Social deficits, communication impairment and repetitive behaviors and/or restricted interests. The majority of individuals with ASD also experience other neurological, medical and mental health conditions.
Autism presents many challenges but also brings many gifts with it. Individuals with ASD are able to look at problems in different ways, bringing about solutions that others may not have thought of. Because of their very focused specialized interests, they become experts and can solve problems, teach and practice in highly specialized areas.
There are many talent, successful individuals that have ASD. Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She is famous for her work in the cattle industry and as an advocate for those with Autism. Dr. Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a young child and has written several books that help with the understanding of the brain. Her books are a must read for anyone trying to understand what it is like to live with Autism.