What is Autism?
From the Autism Speaks website, available at https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism:
" Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome."
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Our understanding of autism grows daily, and many parents of autistic children go to the library to seek out some understanding of what is happening. This guide can help library staff understand and be pro-active, as well as direct parents to some appropriate resources.