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What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) requires special schools for kids with autism. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder which interferes with an individual’s social interactions, communication abilities and behavioral tendencies. Its severity varies significantly between individuals. Its name “spectrum disorder” refers to this fact that symptoms vary largely between them all.

Autism typically manifests itself in early childhood and predominantly affects boys more often than girls.

Here Are A Few Ways Autism Affects Children

Social Interaction:

Children with autism often struggle with social interactions, including making new friends, maintaining eye contact or understanding social cues and gestures.


Children with autism often struggle with communication, whether that means delayed language development, repetitive speech patterns, difficulty understanding sarcasm or an unwillingness to engage in verbal exchanges.

Repetitive Behaviors:

Children with autism may exhibit repetitive behaviors or routines, such as rocking back and forth or flapping their hands frequently or becoming fixated on one object or topic.

Sensory Sensitivities:

Children with autism may have enhanced or diminished responses to sensory stimuli such as sound, light, taste, touch or smell which may influence their behavior and ability to operate in various environments.

Emotional Regulation:

Children with autism may struggle to regulate their emotions or express them appropriately, leading to frustration, anxiety or tantrums.

Executive Functioning:

Children with autism may struggle with executive functioning skills such as planning, organizing, problem-solving and adapting to changes in routine.

Autism’s precise cause remains unknown; however, experts believe it to involve genetic and environmental influences. While no cure exists for autism, early intervention and therapy can help individuals manage symptoms more effectively and lead fulfilling lives.

Signs Of Autism And Common Autism FAQs

LiFT, One of the best schools for kids with Autism offers the following to children with ASD:

  • smaller class sizes
  • Budgeting flexibility for ASD support
  • Bullying (unfortunate or not): relief
  • Specialized instruction and co-curricular therapy, including occupational therapy
  • Student-directed programs that support the child’s unique learning styles

Here Are A Few Indicators Of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):

Signs and symptoms of autism vary considerably between people, often becoming noticeable during early childhood years. Below are some indicators of autism that might require your child to attend schools for kids with autism:

Difficulties with Social Interaction:

Individuals living with autism often struggle to form and sustain relationships, show little interest in socializing or have difficulty reading social cues and facial expressions.

Communication Issues:

People with autism may struggle with both verbal and nonverbal communication, including difficulties maintaining eye contact, delays in language development or difficulties understanding gestures and sarcasm.

Repetitive or stereotypical behaviors:

Individuals with autism may engage in repetitive or stereotypical behaviors such as rocking back and forth or hand flapping, as well as highly focused interests or routines.

Sensory Sensitivities:

People with autism may be more sensitive than usual to certain sensory inputs such as sounds, lights and textures; also having higher thresholds for pain or temperature changes.

Difficulties Adjusting to Change:

Individuals with autism can sometimes have difficulty adapting to sudden or minor shifts in routine. Even seemingly minor modifications may trigger distress.

Unusual Responses to Sensory Input:

People with autism may display unusual or atypical reactions to sensory stimuli, including laughing or crying inappropriately, as well as increased or decreased responses.

**Not all individuals with autism will exhibit all these signs, and their symptoms may range in terms of severity.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Or Autism FAQs

What is autism?

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an individual’s social interaction, communication, and behavior.

What are the signs and symptoms of autism?

Common signs and symptoms of autism include difficulty with social interaction, challenges with communication, repetitive or stereotyped behaviors, sensory sensitivities, difficulty with changes in routine, and unusual responses to sensory input.

When is autism typically diagnosed?

Autism is typically diagnosed in early childhood, usually between the ages of 2 and 4.

What causes autism?

The exact cause of autism is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Is there a cure for autism?

There is no cure for autism, but early intervention and therapy can help individuals with autism to develop communication and social skills, manage their symptoms, and lead fulfilling lives.

Can autism be treated?

While there is no cure for autism, behavioral and educational interventions, medication, and other therapies can help individuals with autism to manage their symptoms and develop communication and social skills.

How common is autism?

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How is autism diagnosed?

Autism is typically diagnosed through a comprehensive evaluation, which may include a physical exam, developmental screening, and a review of the individual’s behavior and developmental history.

Can individuals with autism live independently?

Many individuals with autism can lead independent lives, with the help of early intervention and therapy to develop communication and social skills.

How can I support someone with autism?

You can support someone with autism by being patient, understanding, and respectful of their unique needs and challenges, and by providing them with the resources and support they need to manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives. For a child, there are schools for kids with autism, such as LiFT Academy that can help teach your child in a protected environment.

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Contact LiFT Now

LiFT was founded on January 9, 2013. Its mission is to empower and inspire people with neurodiversity so that they can learn, thrive and achieve. We aim to create a level playing field for people with neurodiversity and learning differences. Our learners receive exceptional academics, career training and life skills. We also provide opportunities to build meaningful relationships and strengthen social skills. We are passionate about ensuring that every student learns to appreciate and celebrate their differences. It is equally important that each student respects the differences in others.

LiFT is a culture that values teamwork, collaboration and dedication to improving the lives of others. We are motivated by the desire to serve students, families and community. We aim to be thought-leaders in the field of neurodiversity and exceptional education. We are looking for individuals who share our values and mission, and believe in community and the power to improve the world. Contact us now to get started in enrollment for your child.

We would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our friendly customer service team is available to assist you with anything you need. You can contact us via email, phone, and we’ll do our best to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. We value your feedback and strive to provide the best possible customer experience, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there’s anything we can do to assist you. 

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Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Bullying is a terrible, frightening experience that can also cause lasting harm, long after the behavior has stopped. Approximately 1 in 5 children are bullied in hallways, classrooms and during school related activities each year. More troubling – students living with neurodiveristy are 63 percent more likely to be recipients of bullying behavior than neurotypical peers.


LiFT emphasizes a preventative approach to bullying and implements a comprehensive Anti-Bullying Policy. Promoting an atmosphere of respect and consideration for each other, LiFT creates a haven that nourishes learning, inclusivity and friendships.  

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Our Vision for LiFT Academy is to provide a nurturing environment for students of all abilities, to discover their innate gifts and talents, and provide them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed as productive adults.
Our Vision for LiFT University Transition Program is to provide a unique postsecondary experience which offers a perfect balance of academics, life skills training, career experience and socialization to young adults with neurodiversity, empowering them with skills for successful independence.



increased enrollment

since our opening in 2013


of LiFT Students

are on a scholarship


of LiFT Academy Students

earn a Florida high school diploma


of LiFT U Students

have gained higher education through an internship


of LiFT A & U students

receive the individual accommodations they need to reach their fullest potential

LiFT accepts the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Unique Abilities (FES-UA), FES-EO, FTC, FES, and HOPE Student Scholarships.

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