Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that is present throughout the lifespan and may be identified in early childhood or diagnosed later in life. ASD is characterized by differences in understanding and interacting within social and emotional expression, non-verbal communication, and building and maintaining relationships. It also includes some combination of repetitive behaviors, high sensitivity to change and preference for fixed routines, intensive interests, and/or sensory differences.

Autism is an extremely diverse condition, with some individuals experiencing mild difficulties and others experiencing significant challenges.  Some autistic people have associated conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, seizure disorders, and learning or intellectual disabilities. Autistic people may also have associated strengths and gifts, including the ability to learn and retain a depth of information, unique perspectives, honesty, reliability, and creativity. Autistic people and their families benefit from environments that provide support and accommodations to help reduce barriers and capitalize on strengths.

At CARE Counseling, we respect neurodiversity and each individual’s unique constellation of strengths and challenges. We know that diagnosis, individual and family therapy, and collaboration with schools and community resources can improve learning, communication, and social relationships. We are committed to providing services that have a positive impact on well-being and quality of life for autistic people and their loved ones.


Making little or inconsistent eye contact

Tending not to look at or listen to people

Rarely sharing enjoyment by sharing things to others

Failing to, or being slow to respond to someone trying to get their attention

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treatment at care

Increase and build on strengths

Learning communication and social skills

Help develop coping skills



  • Having difficulties with the back and forth of conversation
  • Often speaking a long time about their favorite subject without noticing that others are not interested or without giving others a chance to respond
  • Making facial expressions, movements, and gestures that do not match what is being said
  • Having an unusual tone of voice that may sound sing-song, flat, or robot-like
  • Having difficulty understanding another person’s point of view
  • Repeating certain behaviors or having unusual behaviors
  • Having a lasting intense interest in certain topics
  • Having overly focused interests such as with moving objects or parts of an object
  • Getting slightly upset by slight changes in routine
  • Being more or less sensitive than other people to sensory input such as light, noise, and temperature

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Strengths of people with Austim

  • Being able to learn in detail and remember information for long periods of time
  • Being strong visual and auditory learners
  • Excelling in math, science, music, or art
  • People with ASD are able to have relationships with others, do well in school, enjoy hobbies, build careers, live independently, and enjoy life
  • People with ASD may also experience other mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety