What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?



What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? This is the title or the headline of this blog because of an email I received from one of my HypoGal readers.

The email was from a woman named Elena. Hi, Elena. 

Elena is an active member with Caring4Kids.

In 1975 Caring4Kids began out of a study group at Central United Methodist Church. With the cooperation of Buncombe County Department of Social Services, CARING conducted a survey of needs of children and families in Buncombe County.

Fast forward to today, 2017: Caring4Kids with its affiliation with Eckerd is a national leader in child welfare and juvenile justice programs. Eckerd, driven by its mission to provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families, offers more than 35 programs and services in seven states.

As a program of Eckerd, CARING for Children operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. So, back to my the title of this blog and the valuable resources Elena from Caring4Kids has shared.

I do not frequently share Youtube videos, but the video I have embedded below is a must see.

Carly Fleischmann is a young woman who battles Autism. Numerous medical specialist diagnosed Carly Fleischmann as mentally challenged. This video will open your eyes to the world inside an Autism child.

So, here we go…

Similar to numerous ailments Autism can vary in degree. 

The National Institute of Health defines The Autism Spectrum as the name for a group of developmental disorders. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes a wide range, “a spectrum,” of skills, symptoms, and degrees of disability.

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder frequently exhibit these characteristics:

  • Ongoing social problems
  • Difficulty communicating and interacting with others
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Limited interests
  • Lack of desire to participate in activities

The above symptoms are typically recognized in the first two years of a child’s life.

Autism Symptoms may hurt the individual’s ability to function socially, at school or work, or in other areas of life

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ranges from people who are mildly impaired by their symptoms to people who are severely disabled from ASD symptoms.  

Treatments and services can help improve a person’s symptoms and their ability to function.

Below is an incredible video of one girl’s world of living with Autism.

Watching this girl, Carly Fleischmann will open your eyes to the world of Autism.

Carly, I admire and applaud you! 


What Are The Best Resources For Children With Autism?

Caring or parenting a child with Autism may feel overwhelming at times.


The Caring4OurKids has outlined some of their best resources for children with Autism.


Caring4OurKids is a group of parents who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Some of these children also have  a few comorbid diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (M.E.).

The parents of Caring4Our Kids have come together to create a website of original and curated resources to help others who parent children with Autism.

Here are The Best Resources For Children With Autism:

Autism Children’s Resource Guide


Treatments and services can help improve a person’s symptoms and their ability to function.

I hope this What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder HypoGal Blog has been insightful.  

If you know of additional Autism Resources I would appreciate the information, please email me at Lisa@HypoGal.com





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