Your Questions Answered
WHAT IS AUTISM?
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.
DO YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE AUTISM OR OTHER RELATED CONDITIONS?
Having concerns is a natural part of parenting, however, if those concerns become questions about your child’s development it is important to act. If you suspect your child may show some signs of autism, do not hesitate! The sooner your child receives services the better. Studies have shown that early intervention improves lifelong outcomes for those who receive ABA therapy compared to those who do not. ASD is typically diagnosed by a clinical psychologist, a pediatrician, a neurologist, or a psychiatrist. It is important to know, however, that insurance companies typically require specific testing in order to receive coverages for services. Make sure your diagnostic clinician is aware of your insurance company’s requirements.
AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS
So, what now? The first step to improving outcomes for children diagnosed with ASD is ABA therapy. Schedule an intake session with your preferred ABA clinic. At Mountainside Autism Therapy, we are happy to provide tours of our center to give you a chance to see our location and ask questions without any commitment.
Contact us today to schedule your tour.
Autism Navigator increases the capacity of health care and early intervention providers, educators, and families to improve outcomes of young children with autism spectrum disorder.
First Signs is dedicated to educating families and professionals about the early signs of autism and related disorders.
FIRST WORDS PROJECT
FIRST WORDS® Project is a longitudinal research investigation in the Florida State University Autism Institute in the College of Medicine directed by Dr. Amy Wetherby.