Are you worried your son or daughter may have autism?
Has your son or daughter exhibited signs of repetition or obsession or rigid thinking?
Is your child struggling socially and doesn’t seem to understand social cues?
Or, has your child been diagnosed with a spectrum disorder and you need guidance with managing their symptoms or behavior?
We can help.
Autism spectrum awareness is at an all-time high, widely discussed by the medical community, media outlets, concerned parents and society in general. While autism may appear to be more widespread today than decades ago, experts believe the increase in diagnoses is due to greater awareness of autism and its signs and symptoms.
Autism spectrum disorder is a neurobehavioral disorder with four distinct autism diagnoses, all, enveloping a spectrum of symptoms and impairments that range in severity. Autism is characterized by difficulty in communicating and interacting with others, and obsessive or repetitive behavior. Depending on how a child is communicating and interacting, autism diagnoses can start as young as two years old. It’s also not uncommon for adults to seek diagnosis if they notice symptoms in themselves or their children.
A diagnosis of autism can help your child find solutions to symptoms that are interfering with their daily life. Autism can make it difficult for them to interact socially, both with verbal and nonverbal communication. Trouble making eye contact or involuntary noises can also cause problems at home, at school or with peers.
Autism can make it difficult for your child to make or maintain friendships, or to get along with family members. When they mature, it can be harder for them to have intimate relationships. They may also develop repetitive, obsessive or ritualistic behaviors that interfere with their daily life.
Therapy and some medications are available to help manage and control these behaviors. A licensed therapist can help address compulsions or a lack of social skills, as well as teach coping methods for anxiety.
Usually these outpatient strategies can assist in managing the symptoms and help the child and the family embrace the strengths that autism can provide.
Occasionally, the symptoms are severe enough that families seek specialized programs and schools for their child. If you find yourself wanting further information regarding these specialized programs, we can help.
Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.