April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, commonly called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) vary from one child to the next, but these children typically have difficulties in three areas: social impairments (e.g., lack of interest in peer relationships, impaired non-verbal behavior), communication difficulties (e.g., delayed speech, repetitive language), and stereotyped behaviors or restricted interest (e.g., hand flapping, preoccupied interest). Although these symptoms are life-long treatment can help with life adjustments. I previously posted a blog discussing possible treatments (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-race-good-health/201303/autism-spectrum-disorders-racial-disparities-and-treatment).
Below are a list of additional resources for you, your friends and family:
Copyright 2014 Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook!
Follow Dr. Turner on twitter @DrEarlTurner
Dr. Turner is a licensed psychologist with expertise in behavioral pediatrics, child mental health, disruptive behavior disorders, and minority mental health. He is also certified as a National Register Health Service Psychologist.