Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), more commonly known as autism, is a disorder with a variety of conditions that challenges the individual’s social skills, verbal and written communications, and repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates one out of fifty-nine children within the United States is diagnosed with autism.
Diagnosing ASD can be difficult since there is no medical test such as a blood test to diagnose the disorders. Usually, doctors diagnosis based on the child's behavior and development.
Signs and Symptoms of ASD
The signs and symptoms of autism become most evident between the ages of two and three, in some cases have seen patients diagnosed as early as eighteen months old.
Symptoms and their severity may vary from patient to patient, but there are quite a few common signs and symptoms of individuals diagnosed with autism such as difficulties with relationships and social interactions, having trouble making eye contact, lack of empathy, lack of interest in the same hobbies as their peers and struggles with verbal and nonverbal communication.
There is currently no cure for ASD. However, research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development. Early intervention services help children from birth to 3 years old (36 months) learn important skills. Our services include therapy to help the child talk, address challenging behaviors, and interact with others. Therefore, it is important to talk to your child’s doctor as soon as possible if you think your child has ASD or other developmental problem.