Niagara Pediatric Neurology Patient Resources
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to the people and world around them. ASD can affect behaviour, social interactions, and one’s ability to communicate. ASD crosses all cultural, ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic boundaries. (Credit: Autism Ontario)
Children with autism have difficulties with:
Autism spectrum disorder has varying severity and affects each child in different ways.
People with autism will experience differences related to
There is not one single cause for autism spectrum disorder. Autism is influenced by a variety of factors. It the vast majority of cases, it is not possible to attribute a single factor as the cause.
Contributing factors include:
Read more about the causes of ASD here.
While there is no cure for autism, people’s symptoms, abilities and experiences may improve over time with the help of evidence-based therapies and interventions.
Read here about developing an ASD program for your child.
Remember that programming for ASD is not 'one size fits all.' Children will benefit from an individualized approach.
Funded Supports for Autism
Community Service Providers*
*This list may not be comprehensive and is subject to change
Camps and Community Programs
(Qualification for the programs below may be based on severity and not all children will qualify)