What is Autism?
Autism is a complex neurobehavioral disorder characterized by difficulty in communication, social interactions, and restricted and repetitive behaviors. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning the characteristics and severity of the condition vary greatly from person to person. Common symptoms of autism include difficulty with social interaction, difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests, hypersensitivity to sensory input, and difficulty with social imagination. Diagnosis of autism typically includes an in-depth evaluation by a multidisciplinary team that may include a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, and other professionals. With appropriate early intervention and support, individuals with autism can lead fulfilling and successful lives.