Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of The Center for Psychological Health’s primary specialties.
What is Autism?
Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder. That means it affects the brain and the individual’s development. The occurrence rate for Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased ten times over the last 40 years. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 45 American children at the age of 8 identifies as being on the Autism Spectrum (CDC, 2015), and research suggests that Autism is five times more common among males than females. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 42 males and 1 out of 189 females are diagnosed with Autism in the United States alone.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Autism?
The following are some common signs and symptoms of individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum. This is by no means an exhaustive or definitive list of symptoms for diagnosing Autism. If you believe that you or someone you know may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, psychological testing is recommended for a proper diagnosis.
- Deficits in communication or social communication
- Delay or lack of spoken language
- Failure to maintain conversations unless they are talking about their own interests
- Difficulties in social interactions across multiple contexts
- Limited ability to make and maintain friendships
- Restricted patterns of behavior, or activities
- Narrowed interests or obsessive behaviors
- They may or may not have cognitive impairment (IQ).
It’s important to understand that most people on the Autism Spectrum do not have ALL of the symptoms.
Typically, Autism treatment will include various therapies, medication management, and academic/vocational supports. At The Center for Psychological Health we are dedicated to providing individual and family support and making permanent changes in the lives of those we work with. We feel our job isn’t done until the person/family’s goals are reached. To begin the process we start with a complimentary phone consultation in order to identify your needs and to guide you to the appropriate treatment/service needed.
There are multiple needs for individuals and their families on the Autism Spectrum. For more specific information on Autism please click on one of the following pages.