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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Last updated 6 years ago

Autism spectrum disorder affects the lives of millions of people worldwide. Scientists don’t know the cause of autism, but they do know that the number of reported cases of the disorder is rapidly increasing in recent decades. There is no cure for autism, but there are many things you can do to help those affected by this developmental and social learning disability live a productive, normal life.

The Basics

Autism spectrum disorder is the blanket term for a number of disorders at any level of severity that fall under the spectrum of autism. This spectrum includes typical and atypical autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, and Rett syndrome. Every person affected by autism spectrum disorder has individual symptoms, which can vary from mild to severe.


Autism spectrum disorder affects a person’s communication, learning, and social skills and can cause delays in one or many areas of development. Autistic children often have a hard time in school because they learn differently than their peers and have trouble adapting socially. These learning disabilities may cause difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, and understanding basics of the English language.


There is no cure for autism and no specific medications or treatments for the disorder. Rather, doctors create individual treatment options depending on the patient’s specific needs. Behavioral therapy and specialized educational options offer great benefits for autistic learners. The Literacy and Language Center’s reading, writing, and language programs are designed to address the needs of people with autism spectrum disorder. Our highly successful programs equip our students with the skills to advance their literacy and communication skills effectively and permanently.

If autism spectrum disorder is keeping you or a loved one from reaching full learning potential, consider the opportunities that a specialized literacy program has to offer. The programs at The Literacy and Language Center are designed and tailored to give students with learning disabilities the power to improve their literacy skills. Call us at (415) 242-1205 today to learn more.


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