Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism is a neurological disorder affecting about 1 in 68 U.S. children. Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are generally present by the age of 3 and include deficits in social interaction and verbal/nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors and/or interests. Often, individuals with ASD also have unusual responses to sensory stimulation.ASDs can differentially affect a person's functioning, from a very mild to severe impact. Individuals with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most people. Autistic disorder is the most commonly known type of ASD, but there are others, including Asperger’s Syndrome and "pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified" (PDD-NOS). The latter two terms may still be discussed and used relative to diagnosis, however, the DSM -5 has modified the diagnostic criteria, and eliminated Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-nos.Although research is rapidly progressing, no consensus exists about the causes of ASDs. Etiological theories include both genetic and environmental components. While no known cure for ASD exists, the general agreement is that early diagnosis followed by appropriate, intensive treatment and instruction can greatly improve outcomes for most individuals with ASD.
Individuals with Autism might:
Please contact the clinic if you would like to enroll your child in one of these programs or if you are concerned about your child's language development.