What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder associated with difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests. Other characteristics can include unusual responses to sensory experiences, such as sensitivities to noises, textures, tastes, or the way certain objects look. It is referred to as a specrum disorder becauseContinue reading →

Are there disorders that can accompany ASD?

It is possible to be diagnosed with an ASD and also be diagnosed with other disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, intellectual disabilities, and others. Any of these disorders can vary from mild to severe.

What is the best treatment for my child?

Because ASD is unique to the individual, what works for one person may not work for another. Similarly, the process to develop a treatment plan will also vary from one person to another. Autism experts commonly agree that intervention programs supported by solid research produce optimal outcomes. With that said, research also suggests that becauseContinue reading →

What should I do about problematic behaviors?

While it is impossible to provide a single answer to this question that will apply to every child and every family, there are some guidelines that parents and others can follow in order to handle situations safely and effectively. There may be many different functions, or reasons, some individuals with ASD display problematic behaviors. DueContinue reading →

Can adults with ASD live independent lives?

Individuals with ASD exhibit a wide range of variation when it comes to their levels of functioning. Every person with ASD can learn. Some will require more support and many will marry, work, and raise a family. By teaching individuals with ASD necessary life skills from a young age, these individuals have increased potential toContinue reading →

What medications are available?

No medication can correct the brain structures or impaired nerve connections that seem to underlie ASD. Scientists have found, however, that medicines developed to treat other disorders with similar symptoms are sometimes effective in treating the symptoms and behaviors that make it hard for individuals with ASD to function at home, school or work. TheContinue reading →

Is there a cure for Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Today, there is no cure for ASD. It is not possible to “outgrow” an ASD, but it is possible to “overcome” many symptoms of ASD and gain control of difficult behaviors. With time and appropriate interventions, individuals can learn new strengths and skills. There has been, and continues to be, much progress in the treatmentContinue reading →