Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of behaviours which include challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and language and nonverbal communication. Children sometimes exhibit unique strengths and differences. There are many types and presentations of autism, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
The use of the term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in behaviours and strengths possessed by each person with autism.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, early intervention is important. Learning the signs, examining your child’s developmental milestones and getting an evaluation and treatment as early as possible can make a lifetime of difference. Burnside Speech Pathology is able to diagnose and support you through this difficult time and we are able to assist you to navigate the system to assist you and your family.