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AutismWeb is a free, informational web site run by parents, for parents. It is not affiliated with any organization or service provider. AutismWeb does not endorse any provider, organization or treatment. Our goal is to provide information on autism spectrum disorders, teaching methods, special education, treatments, therapies, services, research, online resources, training workshops and conferences related to autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Asperger's Disorder. We believe that an informed parent is best able to advocate for his or her child.

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AutismWeb is for informational use only and should not be used in lieu of, or to replace, the advice of health care and educational professionals. Any change in your child's treatment, therapy, diet or educational plan should be discussed first with the appropriate professional – doctor, health care provider, nutritionist, psychologist, therapist or teacher – who knows your child. This is not a medical site. You should not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of anything you read on AutismWeb.

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Autism, PDD, Asperger's or ASD?

In 2013, American psychiatrists combined the diagnoses of autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified, and Asperger's Syndrome into one diagnosis called Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. We will continue to use the terms "autism" and "Pervasive Developmental Disorder" interchangeably here, and we will continue to have a separate Asperger's section. Many people with the older diagnoses will continue to use those names for autism spectrum disorder. (return to top)