Autism

  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulties with social communication and social interactions.  They also display repetitive, stereotyped behaviors, or have a restricted range of interests.  Children with ASD may also have difficulty with language and/or learning.  Symptoms are generally recognized in the second year of life, but may be noticeable before then if developmental delays are significant, or not until later if the symptoms are more subtle.  

    Children with ASD may require supports in school.  Because each child is different, the supports for one child with ASD may not look anything like the supports provided to another child.  If you suspect your child may have ASD, first speak with your child's teacher about your concerns. Your child's teacher will work with you and the school team to determine what interventions may be necessary. School psychologists play an important role in diagnosing and treating ASD in schools, and in connecting families to resources in the community. 

    To learn more about ASD, check out the following resources:

    Autism Speaks

    HHS.gov Autism

    SUNY Albany Center for Autism and Related Disabilities