Understanding & Acceptance 

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a pervasive early developmental disorder that strongly impacts how an individual socially engages with his or her world. Autism is a spectrum, so there is a range in social abilities within ASD. 


What are some Symptoms related to Autism Spectrum Disorder?


  • Blunted reaction to emotional events

  • Difficulty understanding the intentions of others

  • Poor eye contact 

  • Anxiety

  • Developmental delay in speech and language understanding 

  •  Persistent repetition of words or actions

  • Intense interest in a limited number of things or problems paying attention

Did you know...

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), almost half (about 44%) of children identified with ASD  has an above average intellectual ability.

Economic Costs of Autism on Families

The financial costs per year in 2011for children with ASD in the Untied States were estimated to be between $11.5 billion - $60.9 billion. In addition to medical costs, intensive behavioral interventions for children with ASD can cost in the upwards of  $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year.  

Seven Ways to Help Your Nonverbal Child Speak

by Autism Speaks

  1. Encourage play and social interaction
  2. Imitate your child
  3. Focus on nonverbal communication
  4. Leave “space” for your child to talk
  5. Simplify your language
  6. Follow your child’s interests
  7. Consider assistive devices and visual supports

Do you need to find a service provider for someone with ASD? 

The Marin Autism Collaborative can help! The Marin Autism Collaborative (MAC) aims to identify the current services in ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) in Marin County and the current gaps in services to families, professionals and consumers with ASD. 

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