What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disorders that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 42 boys identified.

As your child grows and develops, there are many developmental milestones that occur. If you suspect your child has Autism there are several red flags to look for;  speak to your physician  about screening for Autism , learn the signs and act early.

  • Video information about child development milestones  are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Audio clips providing information on Autism are available through the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Where can you go if you have concerns about your young child?

Fact sheets  from the CDC  are available in Arabic, Bosnian, English/Spanish, French, Somali, Swahili, Vietnamese

For a You tubevideo in Somali, click here.

The development of this website was fully funded by a grant to the Vermont Department of Health from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

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