Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a brain-based neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significant and persistent difficulty with social interactions and communication and by repetitive or restricted behaviors, interests and activities. ASD typically manifests itself during the first three years of life.

The name for this diagnostic category (ASD) incorporates other diagnostic labels formerly used to described autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified. The condition affects individuals differently and to varying degrees (hence, the term spectrum) and is typically defined by behaviors that cluster into two domains: 1) social/communication deficits; and 2) fixated interests and repetitive behaviors. ASD typically includes symptoms such as poor eye contact, repetitive body movements and difficulty adapting to social situations and responding to sensory input (e.g., certain tastes or textures).

Our assessments for ASD include the following domains:

  • Repetitive/restricted behaviors
  • Social interaction
  • Social communication
  • Emotional responses
  • Cognitive style
  • Maladaptive speech

An ASD assessment can help parents identify if their child has this condition, assess the type and severity of the symptoms, document progress as a consequence of intervention programs and target goals for change and intervention.

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