What is Autism?


What is Autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way the brain works. People with autism experience difficulties in these areas:

Individuals with autism will experience differences related to:

Autism is a lifelong disorder, with symptoms usually appearing at an early age. While there is no cure for autism, people’s symptoms, abilities and experiences can improve over time with the help of evidence-based therapies and interventions.

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Need Help?

If you are concerned that your child may show some signs of autism, it is important to identify and address developmental concerns associated with autism early in life. You may find it helpful to consult Autism Ontario’s Red Flags for Autism.

If you do have concerns, it is best to make an appointment with your child’s doctor as soon as possible or contact your local autism diagnostic hub.

In addition to the diagnostic hubs, families can receive a diagnosis of autism from qualified professionals with expertise and who have undergone specific training. These include family physicians, pediatricians and developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychological associates, and nurse practitioners.

For more information on autism and how to support your child and family following a diagnostic assessment, Autism Speaks Canada has developed a 100 Day Kit for Young Children.

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Additional Resources

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