Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to a range of complex neurological disorders that have a lifelong effect on the development of various abilities and skills. ASD is characterized by impairments in communication and social interaction, as well as unusual patterns of behaviours, interests, and activities.

This module is designed to provide a learning experience for a better understanding of what Autism Spectrum Disorders are, and how they are identified.

This module is based on the information in the following two resources:
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (page 10-17)
Effective Educational Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders:

A Resource Guide Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2007
DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet