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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder with symptoms starting in early childhood. Typical signs of ASD include lack of eye contact, trouble keeping a conversation going, and repetitive behavior like saying a sentence over and over. There is no standard way to treat ASD but there are ways to manage the disorder, including medication to control symptoms, and therapy to improve communication and developmental skills.

Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder

Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder page.

Support Groups & Forums

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.

Autism Tracker tracks and analyzes data about autism, including sleep, stress, weather, happiness, activity level, behavior, and other topics. Lite version - free; full version - less than $10.  iOS.

Model Me Kids offers two apps, Autism Emotion and Model Me Going Places. Autism Emotion helps your child learn about different emotions. Model Me Going Places helps your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Free. iOS.

iPrompts allows users to create and present visual schedules, timers, and choices to those with autism spectrum disorders.  Paid ($49.99 for iOS; less than $10 for Android).

Verbal Victor 2.0 is an assistive communication app for people and children with emerging communication needs and developmental delays. Paid ($11.99). iOS.

Resources selected by Linda Johnsen, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina.

Last reviewed: November 21, 2016

January 25, 2017 - 12:58pm