What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

An ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties in:

  1. Social interaction
  2. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
  3. Repetitive behaviors and restrictedinterests.

Individuals with an ASD may also experience difficulty with fine motor skills, anxiety, depression, attention/focus, planning and organizing tasks, and breaking down large tasks into manageable steps.

1 in 88 children in the U.S. have an ASD diagnosis. (CDC, 2012) ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups but is 4 times more likely to occur in males.

95% of Alabama families who have a child with an ASD report concerns before their children are 36 months but average age of diagnosis in Alabama is 51 months. (CDC, 2009)





The University of Alabama ASD Clinic is a member of the Alabama Autism Providers Network