Autism is a lifelong neurological condition, a developmental disorder that typically occurs in the first three years of life. Autism manifests as differences in development in three main areas: communication (verbal and non-verbal), social interactions and imagination, which can be seen in repetitive and restricted play or leisure activities. This is referred to as the triad of impairments. Click here to read more about autism.
Autism may occur alone, or may be accompanied by other diagnoses. When autism co-occurs with another condition, it is important that all the interventions the individual receives are autism friendly.
Conditions that commonly co-occur with autism include:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Intellectual Disability (previously known as Mental Retardation)
- Anxiety Disorders
- Sleeping Disorder
- Seizures and Epilepsy
- Learning Disorder (LD)
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Hearing Impairment
- Visual Impairment