What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

February 13, 2024 Northwing Digital

  Autism Spectrum Disorder


These days, the term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is used by doctors and other professionals to describe brain differences that influence how a person thinks, learns, communicates, and behaves. You can call it ASD or autism, depending on your preference. The term Asperger’s Syndrome or Asperger’s has fallen out of favor and no longer appears in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Volume 5). However, if you’re on the autism spectrum and you like to use terms like Asperger’s, Aspie, Autie, or neurodiverse, that’s your choice. What’s most important is that you have a community of people who support you and celebrate who you are. Bridging Hearts can be a resource for you as you seek ways to get more involved, meet peers, and explore social opportunities that fit your unique needs.