Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s communication and social skills, as well as behavior patterns. It is a spectrum disorder, which means it presents differently in each individual. Autism symptoms can range from mild to severe, and children with ASD may exhibit a wide range of strengths, challenges, and abilities.
Early identification of autism is vital for early intervention and support. Young children with autism may have some delays in language and social skills, as well as difficulty understanding others’ emotions. Some of these specific delays and behaviors include:
As children with autism grow older, additional signs and symptoms may become apparent. These may include:
The diagnosis of autism in young children involves a comprehensive evaluation by a team of professionals, including pediatricians, child psychologists, and developmental specialists. The evaluation focuses on gathering your child’s medical history to rule out other conditions, an observation of your child’s behavior and social interactions, and matching the assessment with autism diagnostic criteria outlined in the DSM-5. If the evaluation matches the diagnostic criteria, a formal diagnosis will be made. Usually a diagnosis will be accompanied by a level of severity ranging from 1-3. Our clinicians are constantly training to be able to serve all children at all levels
Understanding autism is crucial for parents, caregivers, and individuals involved in the lives of children with ASD. ABA therapy is the gold-standard early intervention for autism and we are innovating the traditional ABA program through professionalism and parent collaboration. At Wellspring Learning Centers, we are committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based ABA therapy to help preschool-aged children with autism reach their goals.Get Started
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