The goal of the Autism Society is to promote lifelong opportunities for
people within the autism spectrum to be fully-included, participating
members of their communities by providing information and referral,
advocacy, public awareness, education, and support for families and the
professionals who assist them.
What is autism spectrum disorder?
Autism is a Spectrum Disorder that interferes with speech, learning,
and social skill development. Symptoms can include: unusual
responses to sensations such as touch, hearing smell, and taste;
unusual ways of relating to people, objects, and events; disturbances
in the rate of appearance of physical, social, and language skills;
late talking and/or speech difficulties; resistance to change; lack of
ability to play like other children; difficulties with skill motor
functions; difficulties with social interactions. Individuals
with autism have a broad range of symptoms ranging from mild to more
How many people are affected by autism?
One in 88 people are affected. Autism occurs 4 times
more frequently in males than females. It frequently occurs with
other disorders that affect the functioning of the brain, such as a seizure disorder or metabolic disorders. There are no ethnic
When is autism usually diagnosed?
Autism is usually diagnosed by age 3. An accurate diagnosis
requires a team of professionals. Early diagnosis and
intervention are crucial to the child’s development and prognosis.
Where can I go for help if I think my child has some of the symptoms of
If you feel your child is showing some of the signs of autism and you
would like more information, please contact the Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin at
. For information on other
chapters in Wisconsin, call 1-888-4-AUTISM. For nationwide
information, contact the Autism
Society of America at 1-800-328-8476
ASNEW does not endorse or recommend any doctor, clinic, treatment, therapy, or intervention of any kind. We are not affiliated with any other business or organization other than ASW, our governing body.