What is Autism?

Helping Those Impacted By Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability that impacts the development of skills across the domains of communication, socialization, and cognitive function.

Signs and symptoms typically are observed before the age of three and can be diagnosed as early as 12 months.  Accessing early intervention and parent training is critical after receiving a diagnosis of autism.  Individuals diagnosed with autism typically exhibit difficulties with both non-verbal and verbal communication, social interactions, behavioral regulation, and independent functioning. 

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In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism.  

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Individuals with autism also are often diagnosed with comorbid conditions such as epilepsy, gastrointestinal problems, feeding disorders, allergies, sleeping difficulties, seizure disorder, Tourette Syndrome, anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and autoimmune disorders.  Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls. 

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Why should I consider Early Intervention?

Early intervention refers to treatment that occurs in the early stages of development typically as early as 2 years of age.  During the first five years of life, the brain adapts and develops rapidly.  Neuroplasticity plays a critical role in the ability to acquire and form new neural pathways which means that young toddlers and children are absorbing information constantly within their learning environment. 

Accessing evidence-based interventions as soon as signs and symptoms of autism are suspected leads to the best outcomes and long-term effects as a result of effective treatment.

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Why is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) effective?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is designed to provide the most effective approach to teaching children with autism skills across a variety of domains including communication, social, behavioral, and adaptive living skills.  Areas of need of determined by conducting a behavioral and/or skills assessment. 

Information from the assessment is used to develop individualized treatment plans that are monitored regularly to evaluate progress and the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions. 

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