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Autism is a behaviorally defined syndrome characterized by severe and pervasive impairments in several areas of development including reciprocal social interactions skills, communication skills or the presence of stereotypical behavior, interests, and activities.

A person with an ASD might:

  • Not respond to their name by 12 months
  • Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
  • Not play "pretend" games (pretend to "feed" a doll) by 18 months
  • Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
  • Have trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • Have delayed speech and language skills
  • Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Give unrelated answers to questions
  • Get upset by minor changes
  • Have obsessive interests
  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
  • Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

Center for disease control estimate that 1 in 88 children have autism and deficits can range from mild to severe.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for ASD between 18-24months. Please ask your provider about the screen at your next well-child visit.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is common in persons with autism. The literature reports a prevalence of SPD from 42% to 88%. Many children demonstrate difficulty with regulating their responses to stimuli. Some children will avoid sensory input while others crave it. Some children may demonstrate self-stimulation to compensate for limited sensory input or to avoid the input all together. It is important to recognize and treat sensory processing challenges if they are present.

Glennon, T. J. (2010). An introduction to the autism spectrum disorder. In H. Kuhaneck & R. Watling (Eds.), Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach 3rd edition (pp. 3-24). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Pfeiffer, B. A., Koenig, K., Kinnealey, M., Sheppard, M., & Henderson, L. (2011). Effectiveness of sensory integration interventions in children with autism spectrum disorders: A pilot study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 76-85.