Autism Spectrum Disorder—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have challenges with social interactions, language development, and sensory experiences, and they can engage in repetitive patterns of behavior or have highly focused interests. Research estimates indicate that at least 1 in 59 children (1.7%) have ASD, with boys having higher rates of ASD than girls. Children with genetic disorders, preterm birth, or family members with ASD are more likely to receive a diagnosis. Autism spectrum disorder is not caused by parenting or vaccines.