What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological spectrum disorder that affects a growing number of children in the United States (according to The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention). Present research has yet to discover what causes autism.

The primary onset of autism is evidenced by a child not reaching developmental milestones that are typical for their age. Secondary onset can be defined as when a child reaches milestones at the typical rate and then starts to regress, losing previously learned skills. A child affected by autism often experiences delays in social interactions, play skills, receptive language, and the ability to communicate appropriately.

If you have any concern about your child’s development, you should discuss it with your child’s primary care physician. You may also visit the following sites for additional information:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders
What is Autism?

Developmental Milestones

  • Developmental Milestones Chart

Autism Advocacy

  • Autism Speaks

State Autism/Insurance Legislation and Initiatives

  • Autism Votes

Resources in your area


  • CT Department of Developmental Services
  • CT Birth to Three Program
  • CT Families for Effective Autism Treatment
  • Autism Spectrum Resource Center

New Jersey:

  • NJ Early Intervention System
  • Autism New Jersey

New York:

  • NYS Early Intervention Program
  • NYC Early Intervention Program

Tools for your child

  • Autism Apps