Group Archives: About ASD

What are common conditions/co-morbid disorders that can occur in people who have ASD?

Some co-morbid disorders commonly seen among individuals with ASD include epilepsy, Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It is important the clinician assessing an individual for ASD also look at the possibility there are other co-occurring disorders.

How is ASD diagnosed?

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult, since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be […]

What is Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)?

PDD-NOS stands for pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. In essence, it’s a diagnosis that means “on the autism spectrum, but not falling within any of the existing specific categories of autism.” To explain more fully, there are five disorders that fall under the category of “pervasive developmental disorders” (PDDs). These include autism, Asperger syndrome, […]

What is Asperger Syndrome?

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger disorder (AD) or simply Asperger’s, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. […]

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by: Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts; Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities; Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (typically recognized in the first two years of life); and, Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other […]