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About Us 2017-09-01T01:51:13+00:00

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by:

-social impairments
-cognitive impairments
-communication difficulties
-repetitive behaviors

Because Autism is a spectrum disorder, it can range from very mild to very severe and occur in all ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females. Some children with autism appear normal before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly “regress” and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. This is called the regressive type of autism.

EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM

A person with ASD might:

-Not respond to their name (the child may appear deaf)
-Not point at objects or things of interest, or demonstrate interest
-Not play “pretend” games
-Avoid eye contact
-Want to be alone
-Have difficulty understanding, or showing understanding, or other people’s feelings or their own
-Have no speech or delayed speech
-Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
-Give unrelated answers to questions
-Get upset by minor changes
-Have obsessive interests
-Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
-Have unusual reactions (over or under-sensitivity) to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
-Have low to no social skills
-Avoid or resist physical contact
-Demonstrate little safety or danger awareness
-Reverse pronouns (e.g., says “you” instead of “I”)
-Gives unrelated answers to questions

People with autism may also:

-Have unusual interests and behaviors
-Have extreme anxiety and phobias, as well as unusual phobias
-Line up toys or other objects
-Play with toys the same way every time
-Like parts of objects (e.g., wheels)
-Become upset by minor changes
-Have obsessive interests

Other Symptoms:

-Hyperactivity (very active)
-Impulsivity (acting without thinking)
-Short attention span
-Aggression
-Causing self injury
-Meltdowns
-Unusual eating and sleeping habits
-Unusual mood or emotional reactions
-Lack of fear or more fear than expected
-Have unusual sleeping habits

FACTS ABOUT AUTISM

  • Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3
  • Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities
  • Individuals with autism often suffer from numerous co-morbid medical conditions which may include: allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, and more
  • Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls. Its prevalence is not affected by race, region, or socio-economic status. Since autism was first diagnosed in the U.S. the incidence has climbed to an alarming one in 68 children in the U.S.
  • Currently there is no cure for autism, though with early intervention treatment the diverse symptoms related to autism can be greatly improved and in some cases completely overcome.

EARLY INTERVENTION

  • All studies show that early diagnosis and 20+ hours per week of individualized therapy has huge improvements for an Autistic Children.  Just like with children not ASD the brain is like a sponge and so much of the development and growth happens in those first few years.  We are here to help you and your family in any way we can to provide the best services for your child.