Autism Today

Karen Simmons

Karen Simmons, CEO and Founder of and author of Chicken Soup for the Soul for Children with Special Needs

Karen Simmons is the CEO and Founder of and author of Chicken Soup for the Soul for Children with Special Needs.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 88 children under 8 years old is diagnosed with autism. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe.

Autism, also known as PDD Autism, high functioning autism or autism spectrum disorders, ASD, and aspergers syndrome, all fall under the pervasive developmental disorders umbrella. With a great deal of autism research to find both the cause of autism and reduce any autism symptoms, there is hope on the horizon to cure autism now.

Karen, the Autism Lady, is an autism expert with successful techniques to help children with autism and Asperger syndrome get along better and be more accepted by other children. is the first and largest information website worldwide, providing the keys to a treasure chest of affordable solutions and expertise for families, educators and professionals right at their fingertips.

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