What are Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)?

The term Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is used to refer to a range of related conditions also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Autistic disorder and these related conditions are lifelong developmental disabilities that usually begin during the first three years of a child’s life. The earlier a child receives intervention the more gains they make.
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PDD are neurologically based disorders and affect the way a child communicates, interacts with other people, and perceives and reacts to the world. The current prevalence rate is believed to be between 1/166 to 1/500 and is more common in boys than girls.

Related Links:

Minnesota State Autism Spectrum Disorders Brochure (PDF)
Region 9 Autism Spectrum Disorders Brochure (PDF)
Autism Links 


Erin Toninato, Special Ed Director, 507-389-1914
Tana Fladland, Administrative Support, 507-389-1425