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The Alan and Lorraine Bressler Clinical and Research Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders is dedicated to improving the clinical care of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, to advance the education of patients, families and service providers about these conditions, and to expand the scientific understanding of these disorders.
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Autism spectrum disorder is a constellation of psychological conditions characterized by difficulty with social interactions, communication, and behavioral skills. Autism spectrum disorders include autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Recent estimates suggest that autism spectrum disorders may affect as many as one in 100 children.
Some children show signs and symptoms very early; many are not diagnosed until they enter school. They may exhibit many or only a few of the characteristic ASD traits, and these behaviors may be mild or pronounced. Characteristic ASD behaviors include:
Parents and teachers are often the first to notice signs and symptoms of these disorders. It is important to seek evaluation as early as possible, because early intervention can have a beneficial effect in reducing symptoms and improving the child’s ability to learn and function.
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