Welcome to the Frederick Chapter of ASA


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
Frederick Chapter of ASA