Autism is a brain disorder that often makes it hard to communicate with and relate to others. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behavior.
The symptoms and signs of autism vary, but every child on the autism spectrum has problems in some degree in the following 3 areas:
- Communicating verbally and non-verbally
- Social Interaction and relationships
- Behaviors that are restricted, inflexible, and even obsessive
Early Intervention Autism Treatments
When autism is diagnosed in infancy, treatment can take full advantage of the young brain’s remarkable plasticity. Early diagnosis and treatment helps the child develop important skills. Treatment will usually reduce some of the symptoms, regardless of the child’s age, and will help the child reach their full potential.
Specialized Autism Treatment
Children with autism tend to respond better to highly structured and specialized treatment programs that focus on communication, social, behavioral, and independent living skills, and learning. The intervention focuses on the core areas affected by autism, including social skills, language and communication, imitation, play skills, daily living and motor skills.
Evaluating Autism Treatment Options
Diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of autism involves a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals, including a pediatrician, psychologist, speech and language pathologist, and occupational therapist.
This comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach that focuses on the child’s individual needs, together with the participation of the parents, will ensure greater success and outcomes.
If you would like to speak with one of our therapists about a treatment plan for your child with autism, please contact us for a free consultation.