Center for Autism Research
at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Finding the Causes of Autism
Discovering the causes allows focused treatments to improve patient and family outcomes
Family Support
Educating those affected by autism and advocating for them
Training Experts
Working with new scientists, physicians, psychologists, and more.

Autism at a Glance

Social Communication

 

 

Autism affects social communication -- the way we use our voices, eyes, and bodies to interact with others.

 
Repetitive Movements or Speech

 

 

Some individuals with autism have repetitive movements like hand flapping, pacing, and rocking. They might also have repetitive speech, like repeating lines from movies over and over.

Social Interaction

 

 

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may have a hard time learning how to understand or interact with other people of the same age.

 
Intense Focus

 

 

Many individuals with autism have interests that seem more intense than for others the same age. They may also have an excellent memory, especially about their areas of interest.