Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex neurodevelopmental
condition that affects an individuals social interaction, communication skills, behavior, and sensory processing. It is called a spectrum disorder because it affects each person differently and can range from mild to severe. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is typically characterized by a wide range of symptoms and levels of impairment, which is why it's often referred to as a spectrum. However, there are no official subtypes or types of autism recognized in diagnostic manuals like the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition) or the ICD-10
(International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision).

Some common characteristics of autism include challenges with eye contact, social skills,
repetitive behaviors, restricted interests, and sensory sensitivities. However, the presentation of
autism can vary widely among individuals, and no two people with autism are exactly alike.

Clinicians and researchers may describe various features or presentations of autism based on
observed characteristics, such as level of intellectual functioning, language abilities, and
associated conditions. Some individuals may have co-occurring conditions or symptoms that
impact their autism presentation, leading to variations in how autism manifests.
That being said, while there are no official subtypes of autism, some terms are commonly used to
describe specific presentations or features of autism:
High-functioning autism (HFA): This term is sometimes used to describe individuals with
autism who have average or above-average intelligence and strong verbal abilities but still
exhibit challenges with social interaction, communication, and restricted interests or repetitive
Aspergers syndrome: Previously considered a separate diagnosis, Aspergers syndrome was
characterized by significant challenges in social interaction and restricted interests or repetitive
behaviors, without significant delays in language or cognitive development. However, in the
DSM-5, Aspergers syndrome is no longer a separate diagnosis and falls under the broader
category of autism spectrum disorder.
Level 1, 2, and 3 autism: The DSM-5 introduced a severity scale to describe the level of support
needed for individuals with autism. Level 1 indicates requiring support, Level 2 indicates
requiring substantial support, and Level 3 indicates requiring very substantial support.
Nonverbal autism: Some individuals with autism may have significant challenges with verbal
communication and may rely on nonverbal forms of communication, such as gestures, picture
exchange systems, or assistive communication devices.
Regressive autism: This refers to a subset of individuals who appear to develop typically for a
period of time but then experience a loss of previously acquired skills, particularly in areas of
social communication and behavior.
It's important to remember that each individual with autism is unique, and their experiences and
needs may vary widely. The term autism spectrum reflects the wide range of abilities,
challenges, and characteristics that can be observed.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is relatively common, with prevalence rates varying depending
on the study and the population being examined. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), as of their last report in 2020, approximately 1 in 54 children in the
United States is diagnosed with ASD.

Laminate cards are printed on 110lb card stock paper (heavier than regular paper) and heat
laminated on 5 mil sheets to make the cards more studier.
Plastic cards are made from synthetic material made from polymers. It’s tear, wet, and ripping
resistance, it will last you for a lifetime.

Yes- We can custom your cards only in the laminate version. We have two options: you can
provide a list of cards or send your own personal photos in JPEG format to convert into a
communication cards.

Toddlers are more receptive to real photos versus drawing pictures due to individuals’
preferences and experiences. Real photos offer a direct representation of objects, people, places, and scenes as they appear in real life. Children younger than 5yrs may find real photos easier to recognize and understand because they depict familiar objects or people in a realistic manner. Real photos also provide opportunities for younger kids to make a connection between the images and real-world objects, supporting their cognitive development and language acquisition.

No, not at this moment, we are still working on having this available.

Yes: we currently have other languages in the laminate version only.
We have books in Spanish, English, French and Italian. Other languages may be available, but
it can take a little extra time to create.

Yes- only in the laminate version upon request.