What is Autism?

“When I looked into her eyes, I knew.”

Autism is a life long neurological condition that affects the way a child receives and processes information. It typically appears during the first three years of a child’s life and affects a child in the following areas:

  • speech and language
  • hyper OR hypoactivity to sensory input OR unusual interest in sensory aspects in the environment
  • social-emotional reciprocity
  • nonverbal communicative behaviors
  • repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech
  • insistence on sameness OR ritualized patterns of behavior
  • deficits in maintaining and understanding relationships
  • fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus

This list is not exhaustive. If you suspect your child presents with markers of autism or if you want to learn more, please attend one of our fun and engaging workshops.

Early Diagnosis and Treatment

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Early diagnosis is key!

The earlier your child is screened for autism the greater the educational outcomes. Early interventions and treatment programs designed specifically for your child’s unique needs will be key in their development. If you suspect your child is showing early signs of autism, share your concerns with your child’s pediatrician.

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The information above was obtained from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Ed. If you would like a pdf version of the DSM-5, please email us at hi@dinkafoundation.org.