What is Autism?

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

About Autism

Autism, also called autism spectrum disorder (ASD), describes a wide array of symptoms such as challenges with communication and social interactions or repetitive and restrictive behaviors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of autism diagnosis continues to rise, with an estimated 1 in 36 children affected in the United States. Recognizing the importance of early intervention and support, we believe in providing children with the tools and opportunities to lead a fulfilling and successful life.

With a commitment to children that spans more than two decades, Behavioral Innovations has earned the trust of both parents and clinicians alike. Our specialized services include autism diagnosis and personalized ABA treatments designed for children between the ages of 18 months and 10 years. Your child’s journey is our mission, and we are here to support and nurture their unique potential every step of the way.

What Are the Signs of Autism?

Autism symptoms and behaviors can impact your child’s communication, social interactions and behaviors. Although a comprehensive evaluation is required to for an official diagnosis, here are some signs that children with autism typically exhibit.

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Signs of ASD

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Trouble adapting to changes in a routine
  • Repetition of certain words, phrases, or actions
  • Talking with a flat, robotic, or sing-song voice
  • Problems understanding speech and tone of voice
  • Hyper-focused interest in certain topics and hobbies
  • Sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells, touches and tastes
  • Issues identifying facial expressions, gestures, and body language

Concerned About Autism? Take the CAST

Autism symptoms typically become apparent in the early years of a child’s life. Parents can use the Childhood Autism Spectrum Test, formerly known as the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test” to evaluate signs of autism and difficulties in social communication.

Originating from the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, the CAST is as a critical tool for both caregivers and experts in wanting to learn more about identifying the signs of autism and other developmental disorders.

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Autism Assessments and Diagnosis

Autism is typically diagnosed through a comprehensive assessment conducted by a team of qualified professionals, including child psychologists, developmental pediatricians, or autism specialists. The process includes an initial consultation, behavioral observations, and a thorough evaluation using standardized assessment tools.

If your child is showing signs of autism, you can get the answers you need and have peace of mind with diagnostic services from Behavioral Innovations. Our autism diagnostic process includes an initial consultation, structured and unstructured observations, a feedback session, and a written report. Early diagnosis and support can make a significant difference in the lives of children with autism and their families.

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Autism Treatment and ABA Therapy

Decades of research have proven the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism. Behavior analysis is a cornerstone of this treatment, which attempts to improve the condition of the child through a change in their behavior. ABA is used to teach new skills, improve performance in already acquired skills and replace unwanted and challenging behaviors. The final goal of ABA therapy is to improve communication, cognitive, and social skills of the child so they can learn to adjust and adapt to their environment.

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What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?

As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your child. So when it comes to autism, you want to be as informed as possible. Watch this video to learn about the early signs of autism and what you can do to help your child.

Ready to Plan Your Next Steps? Get in Touch With Behavioral Innovations

Are you interested in scheduling an evaluation or getting more information about our ABA services near you? These services are covered by most major insurance. Look at our list of over 70 locations to find the clinic near you.

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