Autism is one of three autism spectrum disorders, along with Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified, that include a group of developmental disabilities that cause social, behavioral, and communication challenges for those affected. Autism can occur in all racial, ethnic and social groups, and is four times more likely to affect boys than girls. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that an average of one in 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.
Robin Adair, M.D., Medical Director, Early Childhood Clinic at UMass Memorial Childrenâ€™s Medical Center, Worcester, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School;
Jean Frazier, M.D., Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and holder of the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Lynda Young, M.D., Physician with Chandler Pediatrics, Worcester, Mass., and President-Elect, Massachusetts Medical Society.