Paragon Consulting Services  

Specializing in Autism,
Behavior & Communication


Diane F. Black, M.Ed., BCBA


(302) 530-3999
Diane Black, M.Ed.

What Is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, is a complex disorder of brain development usually diagnosed in children between two and three years of age. Its cause is unknown. Autism affects the development of communication and social interactions skills, making it difficult for children to relate to others. It also involves restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior.

In essence, someone with autism has trouble making sense of the world various sights, sounds, smells and other sensations which can make it tough to talk, interact and cope with other everyday activities. There are varying degrees of autism. Some children will have excellent above average skills (ie: academics), some children will have average intellectual skills, and some children will have more significant delays. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that autism affects 1 in 88 children, and boys are five times more likely to have autism than girls.

Efforts to increase autism awareness and ongoing research have enabled earlier detection and treatment, allowing more and more people with autism to reach their full potential. Symptoms improve with treatment and age for many children, although continued treatment may be required as teens transition to adulthood, depending on the severity.

Contact us to learn more about on-site consultation and training for professionals and parents of children with autism. Let Paragon Consulting Services show you techniques that you can apply right away.


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