About Autism

  Early Identification Can Change Lives

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of neurologically-based developmental disabilities.

  • Approximately 1 in 150 people in the United States could be diagnosed with ASD.
  • ASDs begin during early childhood and last throughout a person’s life.
  • Scientists do not know exactly what causes the problem. ASDs can impact a person’s functioning across a wide range, from very mild to severe.

Individuals with ASDs:

  • May have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills.
  • Might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities.
  • May have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things.
  • Do not differ in appearance, but they may communicate, interact, behave and learn in ways that are different from typical peers.

  (Source: The Autism Program of Illinois)


If you suspect that your child has an ASD,

call the Trinity Autism and Family Resource Center at

(815) 462 – 4ASD (4273) for a diagnostic evaluation.