siskin children's institute logo

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

There is usually nothing about how children with ASD look that sets them apart from other children, but they may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from there typically developing peers. 

The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of children with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some children with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less. 

A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now called autism spectrum disorder.

Additional ASD resources: 

ASD handouts in English 

ASD handouts in Spanish 

ASD website Links:

Autism Speaks Toolkits

10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

The Chattanooga Autism Center