What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.

Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier. Autism Speaks urges parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes.

How can loveland help?

Loveland is proud to help individuals with Autism live their life to the fullest. Loveland provides education and resources tailored to the individual’s specific needs. Our education center has classes for various life skills and self empowerment. Through our EmployAbilities Program we help individuals obtain paid employment within our community. Loveland has affordable and safe residential housing options at our Nancy Detert Residences at Loveland Village. This works toward our mission by helping to empower the individual with supported independent living.

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