According to the American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are one of the most common developmental disorders among children. Autism has to do with the brain developing differently. The cause of ASD is unknown, however genetics may be a factor. No two cases of autism are exactly alike.
Who helps & supports kids with autism and their families?
Sometimes figuring out if a child has autism can be difficult. There is no cure for autism, but doctors, therapists, and special education teachers can help. Services are provided by every county's Early Intervention Program in Pennsylvania between ages birth to 5 years old.
Parents can contact PA's CONNECT Helpline: 1-800-692-7288, with questions and concerns about their child's development. (This helpline assists families in locating resources and providing information regarding child development for children ages birth to 5. CONNECT can assist parents by making a direct link to their county early intervention program or local preschool early intervention program.)
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