What is Autism?
Autism is a neurological variation that affects 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 males; 1 in 189 females) (CDC, 2012). The defining characteristics of autism generally appear in children before the age of 3. People with autism may exhibit repetitive behaviors. They may also have difficulty with social interaction, and verbal/nonverbal communication. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends autism-specific screening during 18-month and 24-month routine visits (Pediatrics, 2007).