Autism Awareness Month by Ingrid Herrera-Yee

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month is a special opportunity to educate the public about issues within the autism community and to highlight the growing need for awareness about autism and autism spectrum disorders.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex developmental disorders. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic and statistical manual, all autism disorders now fall under one umbrella diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Formerly, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autism, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger’s syndrome. Please refer to the DSM-5 for more information on these changes.

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