According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2009), an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is commonly characterized by severe deficits in social communication and interaction that can be seen in various ways such as poor nonverbal communication, inappropriate social exchanges or lack of skills in developing, maintaining and understanding relationships (APA, 2013). Along with better awareness and diagnosis of this illness over the last few decades, a multitude of intervention programs have been developed to treat ASD.
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