Quick Facts About Autism


What exactly is Autism?  What does it mean if my child has this disorder or is considered on the spectrum?

A child diagnosed with a particular disorder is difficult news for any parent.  Often, it is hard to know exactly what that disorder means or how it will show in a particular child.  Autism has many “faces” and can look very different from one child to another.  We have come up with a few Quick Facts to help you and your family learn a little more about what it really is.

1.  What is this disorder?

  • By definition, Autism is “is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others” (AutismSociety.org).

2.  Who does it affect?

  • This developmental disorder affects 1 in 88 children in the United States.  Boys are much more likely to be diagnosed, affecting 1 in 54 boys.  It is considered the fastest growing developmental disease in the US.

3.  What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms tend to emerge in children when they are babies, typically between 12-18 months. Some infants and toddlers begin develop normally until the second year of life, when they lose skills and develop autism.  This lose of skills is considered regression, meaning the child is backtracking from what they could once do.

4.  What can be done about it?

  • There is no medication available to treat this disorder.  However, there are medications that may help offset the symptoms and help someone with this diagnosis function in society.

5.  What is a spectrum disorder?

  • A spectrum disorder essentially means there are many symptoms or signs of a disorder that many look different from person to person.  Autism is considered a spectrum disorder because of the many different symptoms or skills that may cause more impairment in one person than in others.

    For more information about the latest facts and research for Autism, download our free Autism Resource Guide.


At The Broach School of Jacksonville, we serve students with ranging disabilities. We have a specialized program for students diagnosed with this diagnosis.  Next school year, we are partnering with Henderson Haven and the Free 2 Be Me program to serve our students with severe disabilities with life and social skills.  Choosing the right school for your child is essential in helping ensure they are successful.


Posted by Shelley Causey

Shelley is the Director of Technology at The Broach School of Jacksonville and lead content contributor to the Broach Buzz Blog. She has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education and a Master's degree in Instructional Technology. Shelley is passionate about empowering parents with resources for children with disabilities and assisting new families learn more about scholarship schools. In addition to the blog, Shelley manages the social media accounts for all of The Broach School company pages.

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