siskin children's institute
show full navigation
search this site

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability.

There is usually nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but they may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people.  The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged.  Some people 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