About autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Learn about autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
What is ASD?
ASD is a condition that becomes noticeable in childhood, usually before a child turns 2 years old. It is a social and communication disorder. Differences in the nervous system and brain make a person act or communicate differently than others.
A person with ASD may find it hard to connect with other people. They may:
- have difficulty communicating
- have difficulty with social situations
- repeat certain patterns of behaviour
- show interest in a limited number of activities and interests
These behaviours can happen in different settings (school, home, work) and continue from childhood into adulthood. Having ASD can greatly affect everyday activities.
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