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Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative - Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Autism is the most widely used term to describe a range of disabilities described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th edition (DSM IV) as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)

  • Autism is a lifelong developmental disability, resulting from a neurological disorder that affects brain functioning
  • Autism occurs sometime during the first three years of life
  • According to the National Institute of Health, 1 person in 500 may have autism
  • Persons with autism have impaired communication skills, difficulty in social interactions, and are rigid in thinking and behaving

Autism is a spectrum disorder

  • Not all children with autism behave in the same way
  • Symptoms range from mild to severe
  • Variation in scattering of skills within each individual
  • Wide range of IQ's
  • Each child might display a different combination of behaviors, ranging from mild to severe.
  • Most show a pattern of relative strength, usually in certain aspects of memory, visual perception or talents

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that begins sometime during the first three years of a child's life. It is a neurologically-based disorder that affects the way a child communicates, interact with other people and perceives and reacts to the world.

Autism and related conditions have been estimated to occur in as many as 1 in 500 individuals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1997). Autism is four times more likely to affect boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle, and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism's occurrence.

Other disorders related to autism are Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger's Disorder. The term autism is generally used to describe the spectrum of these related disorders.

Autism Demonstration Sites

The Regions 5 & 7 Autism Task Force has identified various sites within the 5 & 7 area have offered the opportunity for people to come into their sites to observe their styles and classrooms. We have further information for those persons interested.

Autism Contacts

Catherine Hurd, ASD Coordinator: 218 454-5516

Andrea Hamad, ASD Coordinator

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