What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that usually appears during the first three years of life. Children with autism often have difficulty with communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors.

Who is affected by autism?

In the state of New Jersey Autism currently affects 1 in every 50 children, nationwide 1 in every 68 children, according to the CDC. Autism is more prevalent in boys than girls, with four to five times as many boys affected than girls.

At the Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center we specialize in early diagnosis for Autism. We believe that early detection and early interventions give the child the best possible outcome.

What are the symptoms of autism?

The following are the most common symptoms of autism. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Speech delay
  • Repeats or echo words or phrases
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Does not smile when smiled at
  • Does not respond to his or her name
  • Does not point, wave, or use gestures to communicate
  • Does not initiate or respond to cuddling, prefers to be alone
  • Does not ask for help or make basic requests
  • Difficulty changing routines
  • Poor imaginary play
  • Hand flapping, rocking, spinning, lining up of toys


What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, was also known as, Attention-deficit disorder (ADD), in the past. ADHD is a behavior disorder, usually first diagnosed in childhood, that is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. These symptoms usually occur together; however, one may occur without the other(s). The symptoms of hyperactivity, when present, are almost always apparent by the age of 7 and may be present in very young preschoolers, as early as 2 or 3 years of age. Inattention or attention-deficit may not be evident until a child faces the expectations of elementary school.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The following are the most common symptoms of ADHD. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Frequently daydreaming
  • Difficulty following through on instructions and apparently not listening
  • Frequently has problems organizing tasks or activities
  • Frequently forgetful and loses needed items, such as books, pencils or toys
  • Frequently fails to finish schoolwork, chores or other tasks
  • Easily distracted
  • Frequently fidgets or squirms
  • Difficulty remaining seated and seemly in constant motion
  • Excessively talkative
  • Frequently interrupts or intrudes on others’ conversations or games
  • Frequently has trouble waiting for his or her turn


At the Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center we understand that Autism and ADHD can be challenging. As a team we will work together to find the right fit for your child and family.



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