Autism is a complex developmental disorder. Experts believe that symptoms of Autism typically present during the first three years of a person’s life. The condition is the result of a neurological disorder that has an effect on normal brain function, affecting development of the person’s communication and social interaction skills. Symptoms vary from one child to the next, but in general, they fall into three areas: social impairment, communication difficulties and repetitive and stereotyped behaviors.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) do not follow typical patterns when developing social and communication skills. Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child. Often, certain behaviors become more noticeable when comparing children of the same age.