​​​​​​​​​​​​​What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?from DSM-V

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that can cause problems with thinking, feeling, language and the ability to relate to others. It is a neurological disorder, which means it affects the functioning of the brain. The effects of autism and the severity of symptoms are different in each person.

Autism is usually first diagnosed in childhood. About one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism spectrum disorder is three to four times more common in boys than in girls.

Autism is most often a lifelong disorder, though there are more and more cases of children with ASD who eventually function independently, leading full lives. The information here focuses primarily on children and adolescents.

Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism differs from person to person in severity and combinations of symptoms. There is a great range of abilities and characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorders — no two children appear or behave the same way. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and often change over time. 


Characteristics of autism spectrum disorder fall into three categories.

  • Communication problems: including difficulty using or understanding language. Some children with autism focus their attention and conversation on a few topic areas, some frequently repeat phrases and some have very limited speech.
  • Difficulty relating to people, things and events: including trouble making friends and interacting with people, difficulty reading facial expressions and not making eye contact.
  • Repetitive body movements or behaviors: such as hand flapping or repeating sounds or phrases.


Many children with autism are attentive to routines and sameness and have difficulty adjusting to unfamiliar surroundings or changes in routine. Many people with autism have normal cognitive skills, while others have cognitive challenges. Some are at greater risk for some medical conditions – such as sleep problems and seizures.


What Is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought).

An estimated 5 percent of children and 2.5 pertldren when it leads to disruption in the classroom or problems with schoolwork. It can also affect adults. It is more common among boys than girls.

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What is Intellectual Disability?

Intellectual disability involves problems with general mental abilities that affect functioning in two areas:

intellectual functioning (such as learning, reasoning)
adaptive functioning (activities of daily life such as communication and independent living)

Intellectual disability affects about one percent of the population, and of those about 85 percent have mild intellectual disability.




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ABA/THERAPUTIC SERVICES IN RI:

ALEE Behavioral Healthcare

628 Park Avenue

Suite 1D

Cranston, RI 02910

Telephone: 401-228-8303
Email: office@aleebh.com

​The Autism Project
1516 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
Telephone: 401-785-2666
Fax: 401-785-2272
Email: info@theautismproject.org


Bierman ABA autism center

45 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Suite 100
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920

978-737-3760

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​Bradley Hospital 

1011 Veterans Memorial Pkwy. 
East Providence, RI 02915 
401-432-1000 


FULL SPECTRUM SERVICES

PO Box 1259

Coventry, RI 02816

Telephone: 888-922-7846

Fax: 888-434-5321

Email: fullspectrum@stimz.org


THE GRODEN NETWORK

Referrals/Information for All Programs
610 Manton Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
401-274-6310, ext. 1125


MOMENTUM PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
Momentum Inc.
1050 Main Street, Suite #23
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Telephone: 401-885-0639
Fax: 401-885-1531


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Service Providers by state:


Rhode Island Disability Resources and Advocacy Organization - Olmstead Rights


The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

at Rhode Island College

600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue 

Providence, RI 02908
Voice: (401) 456-8072
TTY via RI Relay: 711 or (800) 745-5555
Spanish via RI Relay: 711 or (866) 355-9241
Fax (401) 456-8150
Education Advocate Program: (401) 456-1979 


Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals 


Gateways To Change, Inc.

1060 Park Avenue

Cranston, RI 02910

401.463.0000 


ACCESSPOINT RI 
111 COMSTOCK PARKWAY 
CRANSTON , RI 02921

401.941.1112 


ACTION BASED ENTERPRISES, INC. 
141 MAIN STREET 
WOONSOCKET , RI 02895

401.767.5959


AVATAR RESIDENTIAL INC. 
33 COLLEGE HILL ROAD , BUILDING 33 
WARWICK , RI 02886

401.826.7500


BRIDGES, INC
PO. BOX 263 
JAMESTOWN , RI 02835

401.423.1153


COMMUNITY LIVING OF RHODE ISLAND, INC. 
349 CENTERVILLE ROAD , BLDG. 6 
WARWICK , RI 02886

401.739.9006


COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS INC. D/B/A COMMUNITY WORK SERVICES 
P.O. BOX 114408 
NORTH PROVIDENCE , RI 02911

401.369.7180  


The Autism Project

1516 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
(p) 401-785-2666
(f) 401-785-2272
(e) info@theautismproject.org



CORLISS INSTITUTE, INC. 
292 MAIN STREET 
WARREN , RI 02885

Phone: 401-245-3609   

Fax: 401-245-8023


FRANK OLEAN CENTER, INC. 
93 AIRPORT ROAD 
WESTERLY , RI 02891

Phone: 401-596-2091  

Fax: 401-596-3945


J. ARTHUR TRUDEAU MEMORIAL CENTER 
3445 POST ROAD 
WARWICK , RI 02886

Phone: 401-739-2700   

Fax: 401-737-8907


JAMES L. MAHER CENTER 
120 HILLSIDE AVENUE 
NEWPORT , RI 02840

Phone: 401-846-0340 

Fax: 401-847-9459


JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE 
818 DYER AVENUE 
CRANSTON , RI 02920

Phone: 401-944-5694

Fax: 401-946-0365


LIFESHARE MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC. 
2374 POST ROAD , SUITE 105 
WARWICK , RI 02886

Phone: 401-921-6855

Fax: 401-921-6641


LIVING IN FULFILLING ENVIRONMENTS, INC. (LIFE) 
490 METACOM AVENUE 
BRISTOL , RI 02809

Phone: 401-254-2910

Fax: 401-254-2912


LIVING INNOVATIONS 
535 CENTERVILLE ROAD , PENTHOUSE 
WARWICK , RI 02886

Phone: 401-921-5460

Fax: 401-921-5384


LOOKING UPWARDS, INC. 
438 EAST MAIN ROAD , IRONGATE II 
MIDDLETOWN , RI 02842

Phone: 401-847-0960

Fax: 401-849-0290


OCEAN STATE COMMUNITY RESOURCES, INC. (OSCR) 
310 MAPLE AVENUE , SUITE 102 
BARRINGTON , RI 02806

Phone: 401-245-7900

Fax: 401-245-7910


OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED FOR PEOPLE WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES 
1 WORTHINGTON ROAD 
CRANSTON , RI 02920

Phone: 401-942-9044   

Fax: 401-942-9043


PERSPECTIVES CORPORATION 
1130 TEN ROD ROAD , BLDG B, SUITE 101 
NORTH KINGSTOWN , RI 02852

Phone: 401-294-3990   

Fax: 401-294-9879


REFOCUS, INC. 
45 GREELEY STREET 
PROVIDENCE , RI 02904-2214

Phone: 401-272-1600   

Fax: 401-751-1378


RESOURCES FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 
24 COMMERCE STREET 
PAWTUCKET , RI 02860

Phone: 401-724-2300   

Fax: 401-724-2302


RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY LIVING AND SUPPORTS (RICLAS) 
6 HARRINGTON ROAD , SIMPSON HALL 
CRANSTON , RI 02920

Phone: 401-462-0759

Fax: 401-462-0088


ROCKY KNOLL GROUP HOME, INC
3709 MAIN ROAD 
TIVERTON , RI 02878

Phone: 401-624-6359   

Fax: 401-624-8383


SEVEN HILLS RHODE ISLAND 
30 CUMBERLAND STREET 
WOONSOCKET , RI 02895

Phone: 401-597-6700   

Fax: 401-597-6707


SPURWINK/RI 
ONE SPURWINK PLACE 
CRANSTON , RI 02910

Phone: 401-781-4380   

Fax: 401-781-4396


THE ARC OF BLACKSTONE VALLEY 
500 PROSPECT STREET 
PAWTUCKET , RI 02861

Phone: 401-727-0150   

Fax: 401-727-1545


THE ARC OF BRISTOL COUNTY, INC. D/B/A PROABILITY 
25 THURBER BOULEVARD 
SMITHFIELD , RI 02917

Phone: 401-233-1634  

Fax: 401-233-1674


THE C.O.V.E. CENTER, INC. 
610 MANTON AVENUE 
PROVIDENCE , RI 02909

Phone: 401-274-6310   


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