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These articles can help you better understand autism, identify the symptoms, and overcome the obstacles your child faces.

When it comes to autism, catching it early can make a huge difference. The younger your child is at diagnosis, the greater the impact your intervention and treatment can have on the symptoms of autism and other developmental problems.

If you suspect autism in your infant, toddler or older child, investigate the possibility of an autism spectrum disorder and take action by learning all you can about what you can do and seeking help.


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Autism symptoms

Autism treatment

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What is autism?

Autism is not a single disorder, but a spectrum of closely related neurodevelopmental disorders with a shared core of symptoms. While the severity of and specific symptoms vary widely from person, every individual on the autism spectrum has problems to some degree with social skills, empathy, communication, and flexible behavior.


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Autism Symptoms and Early Signs: By catching autism early, you may be able to interrupt its development. But whatever your child’s age, treatment can help your child thrive. MORE »

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Learning about the different autism spectrum disorders will help you better understand your own child and find treatment that best addresses your child’s needs.

Helping Children with Autism: Find treatment strategies that can make a real difference in your child’s life, and parenting tips to make daily home life with an autistic child easier. MORE »


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Parenting a child with autism can be stressful. But whatever your circumstances, there are steps you can take to cultivate calm, quickly relieve stress, and protect yourself from the harmful effects of stress overload. MORE »

Emotional Health

It’s not easy navigating the daily challenges of autism in the family. And if you don’t take care of yourself, it can become overwhelming. Looking after your emotional health is just as important as caring for your physical health.