Elementary (Grades 3-5)
According to the Center for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network BVC_Primary_Student the age of diagnosis can vary. Children who have more classic autism are diagnosed earlier (4.0 years average age of diagnosis) than children who have less autism. There are several terms to describe these children with “less autism or higher functioning autism”. One is Asperger Disorder (6.3 years average age of diagnosis). Others are Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and PDD Not Otherwise specified (4.6 years average age of diagnosis).
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a lifelong condition. Everyone learns, grows and changes as they get older. All people need skill building plus supports from family, mentors, and technology. Individuals with ASD may require supports throughout life.
Click on the links below for more information about autism.
In Ohio when your child is three and you suspect or your child has a disability you will be working with your local public school system. Children who are suspected of having a disability that impacts their education go through the Multi-Factored Evaluation (M.F.E) process. This process will evaluate your child’s need for specially designed instruction and educational supports. I Suspect My Child Has Autism: A Four –Step Guide for Ohio Parents on What to Do Next contains a section on Education Evaluations. Additional information can be found in a publication from the Ohio Department of Education titled Whose Idea Is This?
The following link will take you to the Ohio Department of Education Website