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Autism Society of Wisconsin

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Contact: Autism Society Of Wisconsin
Autism Society Of Wisconsin
1477 Kenwood Dr.
Menasha, WI 54952
Phone: 920-558-4602
Fax: 920-558-4611

The Autism Society of Wisconsin (ASW) is dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism in Wisconsin by providing information and referral, family support, advocacy, professional development, resource development, and by raising awareness and acceptance. ASW sponsors an annual spring and fall conference, a free quarterly newsletter, provides information and referral and monitors a peer support listserv. The Autism Society of Wisconsin is the voice for autism in Wisconsin, advocating for individuals with autism, their families and those who work with them.

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism is a complex neurological disorder affecting individuals primarily in the areas of social interaction, communication and behaviors. Autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in at least 1 in 110 individuals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). ASDs begin during early childhood and last throughout a person’s life.

Autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder – meaning the symptoms can occur in any combination and with varying degrees of severity. Autistic disorder is the most commonly known type of ASD, but there are others, including “Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified” (PDD-NOS) and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Your child’s early development is a journey. Use this map of milestones to know what to look for along the way.
What are some of the characteristics of ASDs?

People with ASDs may have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASDs also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things.
A child or adult with an ASD:

May not understand imagination or play “pretend” games (pretend to “feed” a doll)
May not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over)
May spin objects or themselves
May have trouble turning attention when directed to
May have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all
May avoid eye contact or prefer to be alone
May have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
May avoid physical contact
May not imitate others
May appear to be unaware when other people talk to them but respond to other sounds
Might be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them
Might repeat or echo words or phrases in place of normal language (echolalia)
May have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions
May have trouble adapting when a routine changes
Might have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
May have difficulty entering conversations and taking turns within conversations
May interpret language in the literal sense (May not understand figurative language such as “Let’s hit the road”)

If you are concerned about your child’s development, don’t wait - contact your health care provider for an evaluation.

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