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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder whose symptoms include a lack of social skills, difficulties with language and communication, and repetitive behavioral patterns.[i] ASD diagnoses have increased significantly over the past several decades and currently affect 1 in 68 children.[ii] The condition is about 4.5 times more common in boys, and can affect boys and girls differently.[iii]

ASD starts in early childhood (ages two to four) and lasts throughout life.[iv] While there is no known cure, there are therapies and strategies that can build skills and increase functioning. Because people with ASD behave, interact, and perceive the world in unique ways, they often learn differently than other children. They also need special support aimed at addressing the deficits caused by their ASD.

The section below highlights key findings from the research on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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