What is Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?
ASD is a condition causing a person is able to have problems with social interaction and communication. In addition to challenges socializing and communicating, individuals with ASD have repetitive, and/or restricted behaviors and/or interests. Most people notice the symptoms and behaviors of ASD begin to interfere with daily life early on in life (before age 2) however sometimes this disorder goes on undiagnosed for years. ASD includes a wide spectrum of functioning, symptoms and behaviors ranging from mild to severe impairments. Mild types of ASD may include problems with social interaction, feeling “awkward” with others and challenges in establishing healthy and rewarding relationships (both friendships and romantic relationships). More severe ASD can cause a person to have difficulty speaking to others and understanding any type of social interaction.
How do I know if my loved one or I have ASD?
If you suspect that you or your child may have ASD there are diagnostic assessment tools conducted by our psychologist that can determine your diagnosis. Meeting with one of our clinicians is a first step to understanding your diagnosis.
How can therapy help?
Therapy can be very helpful for those with ASD and their families. Learning behavioral modification techniques, as well as communication and social skills can help to alleviate the impairments caused by ASD. Additionally, family therapy can be helpful in fostering better communication, strategies for daily living and building rewarding relationships between all family members. Lastly, those with ASD may suffer from other mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, OCD, relational problems and more. These co-occurring mental health problems are highly treatable with therapy.