Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.
Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. Increasing autism awareness is a key aspect of this work and one in which our families and volunteers play an invaluable role.
Passionate Rebel "Passionate Rebels Support Autism Awareness shirts will be available through pre-order tomorrow. Each shirt is $35.00. All sizes vary based on pre-orders and come in light blue. Available through PayPal and www.passionaterebel.net. Portion of money raised will be donated to Autismspeaks.org. Share and support the cause on behalf of my god daughter, cousin, and millions of people this walk is for. June 14 2015 autism walk at MetLife stadium Rutherford, NJ.