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Autism Information and Resources

  • What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or autism is a neurobiological disorder characterized by impairments in social communication and interaction as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior. Individuals with autism have difficulty interacting with others: building relationships, using language, regulating their emotions, and understanding others’ points of view.   www.autismnj.org

    SOCIAL COMMUNICATION/INTERACTION DEFICITS MAY INCLUDE:

    • Understanding spoken language

    • Reaching out to interact or share information

    • Echolalia (repeating words or phrases)

    • Conversation

    • Understanding nonverbal cues (body language, facial expressions, etc.)

    • Unusual tone, pitch, and inflection

    • Pretend play

    RESTRICTED/REPETITIVE PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR MAY INCLUDE:

    • Intense focus on a certain item, activity, or topic

    • Unusual play activities (repeatedly spinning a toy’s wheels instead of driving it)

    • Insistence on following specific routines

    • Difficulty adapting to change

    • Rocking, pacing, flicking fingers, waving arms, or other repeated movements

     

     

    For more information:  

    Autism NJ Organization:  www.Autismnj.org

    NJ Autism Registry:  https://nj.gov/health/fhs/autism/public/registry/

    Autism Speaks:  www.autismspeaks.org

    National Institue of Mental Health:  https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml