We welcome all families whose children experience mental health and/or substance use challenges across the lifespan, and the workforce, organizations and communities that support them. Examples of TA include workforce development, education and training, family partnership, caregiver support, and more.
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Most infants and young children are very social creatures who need and want contact with others to thrive and grow. They smile, cuddle, laugh, and respond eagerly to games like "peek-a-boo" or hide-and-seek. Occasionally, however, a child does not interact in this expected manner. Instead, the child seems to exist in his or her own world, a place characterized by repetitive routines, odd and peculiar behaviors, problems in communication, and a total lack of social awareness or interest in others. These are characteristics of a developmental disorder called autism. The American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families provide concise and up-to-date information on Autism Spectrum Disorders for families.