Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder.
The etiology is multicausal with genetic involvement and environmental factors. People with ASD may behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from most people.
The abilities of people with ASD can vary significantly. For example, some people with ASD may have advanced conversation skills, while others may not express themselves verbally. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; Others can work and live with little or no help.
ASD appears before the age of three and symptoms last throughout life. The first warning signs appear at 12 months. Some children with ASD may stop acquiring new skills or lose the ones they already had.
As children with ASD become adolescents and young adults, they may have difficulty forming and maintaining friendships, communicating with peers and adults, or understanding what behaviors are expected of them at school or work.
They may reach out to health care providers because they also have conditions, such as anxiety, depression, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which occur more frequently in people with ASD than in people without ASD.