In autism, the brain does not develop normal social and communication skills. It is a developmental disorder that may include:

  • impaired social interactions
  • impaired spoken and nonverbal communication
  • repeated patterns of behavior

Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. Signs of autism appear in the first 3 years of life, but it may be diagnosed much later.

Topics under autism include:

  • Asperger's syndrome
  • auditory integration training
  • diet in autism
  • education
  • high-functioning autism
  • management of autism
  • pervasive developmental disorder
  • sign language and autism

More Information

Emily Center Autism Packet Table of Contents - English | Spanish

If you would like a copy of the complete packet, please call us at (602) 933-1400

Support Groups

Visit these websites for more information:

ASA - Autism Society of America

Autism - U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Autism Fact Sheet - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Autism Spectrum Disorders - National Institute of Mental Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)


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