What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that usually appears in early childhood and is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.
As per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with boys being four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
What causes Autism?
The exact cause of autism is unknown. Research shows that environment or genetics could decide whether a person can develop the disorder.
What are the Symptoms of Autism and Diagnosis?
Autism diagnosis is challenging as there are no medical tests, like blood test, to identify the disorder. Diagnoses are usually made by reviewing a child’s developmental history. Although there are various signs that could indicate autism, the core symptoms are almost always associated with social challenges and developmental concerns.
Possible Symptoms of Autism
- Avoiding eye contact
- Delayed speech development
- Limited or no interactions with peers
- Repetitive speech (Echolalia) or body movement
- Struggle with change in daily routine
Though it is still considered a lifelong diagnosis, with appropriate early intervention, individuals with autism can lead productive and fulfilling lives.
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.
If you have a child under the age of 10 years with an autism diagnosis or if you are concerned about some of the symptoms outlined above, contact our team of client intake advocates who will walk with you every step of the way from initial diagnosis to enrollment. Call (855) 782-7822 or fill out a short form online and we will reach out to you.
“This past weekend, my son had a friend sleepover. This was huge! He really used the skills that he learned, especially compromise. It was great! Thank you!”
Jennifer M., Parent