About Autism

What is Autism?

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong neurological disorder that impacts the normal function of the brain.  It affects how a person experiences the world around them. It commonly affects social communication and interaction. Typically it makes regulating their sensory system very difficult and thus someone with ASD sees, hears, feels and experiences the world differently.  

Being a spectrum disorder no two people will experience autism in the same way.  The term spectrum, reflects the unique strengths as well as the degree of struggles an individual may possess.  

What is the cause of Autism?

The cause of ASD is not yet known.  It has been suggested through research that there may be both environmental and genetic factors that impact the neurological development of the individual.  Autism is not caused by the way a person is raised or their social circumstances.

The 2018 National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System (NASS) Report estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 66 children in Canada. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.  To read the full report go to;


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