Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called autism spectrum disorders that appear in early childhood — usually before age 3. Though symptoms and severity vary, all autism spectrum disorders affect a child's ability to communicate and interact with others.

While there is no cure for autism, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children with the disorder.

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Understanding autism: The path to diagnosis, awareness and support

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder can be challenging because of the distinctive pattern of symptoms. Learn about evolving awareness and treatments for neurodivergent conditions.

Janice Schreier MSW By Janice Schreier April 24, 2024

Could my child have autism spectrum disorder?

Increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorder aims to bring an understanding of autism and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world. Learn about the signs of autism and when to seek care.

Ashley Holland, D.O. By Ashley Holland May 1, 2023

Autism: Strategies for treatments and therapies

While there isn't a cure for autism, there's reason for optimism with evidence-based therapies. Learn about autism treatments and therapies to reduce symptoms and help children achieve their goals.

Ashley Holland, D.O. By Ashley Holland April 13, 2023

Link between autism and vaccination debunked

Some parents don't have their children vaccinated because they fear immunizations lead to autism. Learn about a study that debunks this myth and the importance of vaccines.

Jennifer LeGare NP By Jennifer LeGare March 24, 2022

Mayo Clinic Health System receives generous art donation from patient

Jake Schindler expresses his emotions and creativity through art.


October 24, 2013