Welcome to the Autism Center of Tulsa, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The Autism Center of Tulsa was founded in 2005 with the mission of meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by autism and related neurological disorders to improve quality of life. The Autism Center of Tulsa provides programming that supports its mission in a variety of ways, including community awareness and outreach, early screening and intervention, safety, parent and professional information and training as well as family support and on-site resources. We're also on Facebook and Twitter, too!
Online registration for the 2013 Ready...Set...Run! 5K and Fun Run on April 27, 2013, is now closed. Go to RunnersWorld Tulsa, 4329 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa, OK, to register this week.
What Is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorders are a group of related disorders that affect an individual's behavior, social and communication skills. They include pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs.) These PDDS are autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, and PDD-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS.) These conditions all have some of the same symptoms, but they differ in terms of when the symptoms start, how severe they are and their exact nature. These conditions, along with Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder, make up the broad category of PDD. The disorders are considered to be a "spectrum" because the severity of symptoms ranges from mild to moderate to severe and are an array of varied but similar entitites.
Many people with ASD have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASD vary, from gifted to severely challenged.
Autism spectrum disorders are lifelong conditions with no known cure. However, autism is treatable. Children with ASD can progress developmentally and learn new skills. Some children may improve so much that they no longer meet the diagnostic criteria for ASD.