The Impact and Signs of Autism

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Arizona resident Dr. Sean Southland divides his time between TrinityTEK Racing Development and the International DriverX Elite Academy (IDEA). Dr. Sean Southland serves as an administrator at the latter and oversees operations as well as its foundation.

Through the IDEA Foundation, TrinityTEK Racing Development helps spread awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A disorder impacting brain development, ASD is diagnosed in approximately one in every 68 children in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, ASD has increased exponentially in the past four decades, impacting more males than females. It is estimated that more than 3 million people in the U.S. live with ASD.

ASD symptoms vary by person. However, common signs include communication challenges and repetitive behaviors. Likewise, diagnosed individuals may find it tough to engage in social interactions. This can be identified in children as young as 8 months old. A child that does not respond to his or her name and fails to babble may have ASD. Difficulty participating in social games and emotional disconnection as a toddler are other symptoms.

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