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CDC Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Fact Sheets PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 June 2011 14:15

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has many valuable resources that can be ordered or downloaded free.

The Autism Fact Sheet provides a one-page tool for clinicians to share with families, to raise awareness about developmental delay, which may be related to autism or other developmental disabilities. The fact sheet encourages parents who have concerns about their child’s development to speak with their doctor.

Autism Fact Sheet in English

Autism Fact Sheet in Spanish

Asperger's Fact Sheet in English

Asperger's Fact Sheet in Spanish


For a list of other free CDC materials, click here


The Autism Fact Sheet has also been translated into multiple languages by the University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) faculty, staff, and trainees. The USC UCEDD completed an extensive review process in developing these translations, consulting both parents and health care professionals.  

The Autism Fact Sheet is available in Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese from:

You can also contact Cary Kreutzer, MPH, RD at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to obtain copies or if you have any questions. 




utism Spectrum Disorders FACT SHEET
What are autism spectrum disorders?
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities caused by a problem with the brain. Scientists do not know yet exactly what causes this problem. ASDs can impact a person’s functioning at different levels, from very mildly to severely. There is usually nothing about how a person with an ASD looks that sets them apart from other people, but they may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most people. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASDs can vary – from gifted to severely challenged. Autistic disorder is the most commonly known type of ASD, but there are others, including “pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified” (PDD-NOS) and Asperger Syndrome.
What are some of the signs of ASDs?
People with ASDs may have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASDs also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. ASDs begin during early childhood and last throughout a person’s life.
A child or adult with an ASD might:

not play “pretend” games (pretend to “feed” a doll)

not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over)

not look at objects when another person points at them

have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all

avoid eye contact and want to be alone

have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings

prefer not to be held or cuddled or might cuddle only when they want to

appear to be unaware when other people talk to them but respond to other sounds

be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them

repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language (echolalia)

have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions

repeat actions over and over again

have trouble adapting when a routine changes

have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel, or sound

lose skills they once had (for instance, stop saying words they were using)
What can I do if I think my child has an ASD?
Talk with your child’s doctor or nurse. If you or your doctor think there could be a problem, ask for a referral to see a developmental pediatrician or other specialist, or you can contact your local early intervention agency (for children under 3) or public school
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 July 2011 14:08