AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

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) refers to a range of conditions characterized by some degree of impaired social behavior, communication and language, and a narrow range of interests and activities that are both unique to the individual and carried out repetitively. ASD begins in childhood and tends to persist into adolescence and adulthood. In most cases, the conditions are apparent during the first 5 years of life. Individuals with ASD often present other co-occurring conditions, including epilepsy, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The level of intellectual functioning in individuals with ASD is extremely variable, extending from profound impairment to superior levels. Additionally, it may significantly limit the capacity of an individual to conduct daily activities and participate in society. ASD often negatively influences the person’s educational and social attainments as well as employment opportunities. While some individuals are able to live independently, others have severe disabilities and require life-long care and support.

ASD often impose significant emotional and economic impacts on people with these disorders and their families. Caring for children with a severe form of the condition may be demanding, especially where access to services and support are inadequate. If you find that you are a caregiver or an individual with ASD, it may be time to reach out to learn more and get help for any support you may need.

At CARE Counseling, we know that early intervention can improve learning, communication, social skills, and underlying brain development. Evidence-based therapy interventions, such as behavioral treatment and parent skills training programs, can reduce difficulties in communication and social behavior, with a positive impact on well-being and quality of life for persons with ASD and their caregivers.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

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

COMMON SYMPTOMS

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

  • 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
RESTRICTIVE OR REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS
  • 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
OTHER SYMPTOMS
  • SLEEP DIFFICULTIES
  • IRRITABILITY

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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