What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a spectrum of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by communication difficulties, social impairments and restricted and/or repetitive patterns of behavior. Because it is a spectrum disorder, the severity of the level of impairment in of those diagnosed with Autism will range from mild to severe.

Common Signs of Autism:

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Exclusion of others for a long period of time / Withdrawn / Indifferent to social engagement
  • Regressed language skills (sometimes language develops normally then stops in the toddler years)
  • Failure to respond to their name
  • Lack of understanding of facial clues
  • Repetitive rocking
  • Repetitive pounding
  • Repetitive twirling  
  • Self-abusive behavior
  • Hand wringing or other quirks\
  • Lack of interactive play
  • Repetitive action play
  • Obsession with lining objects up
  • Restricted patterns of interest
  • Inflexibility from routine

Treating Autism

There is no cure for Autism.  However, therapies and behavioral interventions are designed to improve the symptoms. It is critical to remember that not all children with Autism are alike, and therapy should always be coordinated to meet the needs of each individual child.

Medications prescribed by your child’s doctor may include:

  • Medications for treatment of specific ASD-related symptoms (anxiety, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Antipsychotic medications to treat severe behavioral problems
  • Anticonvulsant drugs for seizures
  • Medication that decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity

Specialized Diet

Parents should always consult a child’s doctor before limiting their nutritional intake. However, research has proven that removing the following from your child’s diet can reduce the symptoms of Autism:

  • Gluten
  • Casein
  • Soy
  • Dye

Types of Therapy:

  • Educational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Family Therapy