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You are not alone! Frederick County ASA serves as a resource to families of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. We provide advocacy, support, and information for Frederick County Residents.  Join us at our monthly meeting to share information, resources and support.

About Autism

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.  Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.  It is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degree.

Some Early Signs of Autism Include:

  • Lack of or delay in developing spoken language
  • Stereotyped or repetitive use of language
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relations
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g. hand flapping, finger flicking, twirling objects, complex whole body movements)
  • Persistent preoccupation with parts of objects
  • Inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals 

Request for Help with Research Project

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child with autism?
Has your child participated in sensory integration intervention?
If so, please consider participating in this study!
We are interested in learning more about parents’ experiences of their child’s participation in sensory integration (SI) intervention.
Your participation in this study would consist of completing a questionnaire on the Internet that asks for information about child and family demographics, involvement in sensory integration (SI) intervention, perceptions of the effectiveness of SI intervention, other information related to diagnosis and family values. Participation is strictly anonymous and we will have no means of 
identifying you. Participants will also be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate to Wal-­Mart.
Access the questionnaire online at: 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Mark Depot, doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, at
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Upcoming Events

14th Annual Kennedy Krieger Autism Conference - Baltimore MD

Register now for CARD’s 14th Annual Autism Conference on October 16th & 17th, 2014. This conference is geared toward both parents and professionals, and features some of the top researchers, educators, and clinicians in the field of autism.

To register and for more information please visit:




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