Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Types

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD’s, are a group of disorders in which a child has significant difficulty in three areas: 

Autism is called a “spectrum” disorder because kids can have a range of symptoms and symptom severity, and are often quite individual in how and whether specific symptoms present.

Three Types

Autism Spectrum Disorders are classified into three different diagnoses, or autism types:

The “official definitions” of Autistic Spectrum Disorders can be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, currently in its 4th edition.  Assessment and diagnosis are performed by trained and licensed professionals. 

Following is more information on the three types:

Autistic Disorder (Autism)

Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified”

Asperger’s Disorder (Asperger’s or Asperger Syndrome)

Autism Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 1 in 150 children (8-year olds) had Autism in their latest study of multiple areas of the United States.  This data was released in 2007.  More geographically limited and anecdotal information has put the number as low as 1 in 67.

Concerned About Your Child?

If you believe that your child may have an undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder, click for a list of Autism Symptoms or Does My Child Have Autism, PDD, or Asperger Syndrome? (Checklist).

For information on steps to get your child assessed and diagnosed, click Autism Assessment and Diagnosis (for Autism, PDD, or Asperger Syndrome).

If you have a child with autism symptoms in Spokane, Washington State, Year For Change offers additional services for children and families.  Click for more information on a Therapy Goals Assessment and/or Treatment and Therapy.

Need more help?  Call  (509) 448-1506 or Click to Email 

Deborah Skalabrin, MSW, LICSW

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Spokane, WA  99204
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