My son Elijah has autism. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex neurological condition that affects 1 in 68 children. Read his story here.
The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment or disability that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, while others are severely disabled. The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) no longer includes Asperger’s syndrome; the characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome are included within the broader category of ASD.
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