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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is part of a complex group of neurodevelopmental disorders with its onset beginning early in a child's development. Latest studies show that 1 in every 68 children in the United States has been diagnosed with an ASD. If you have opened this webpage, chances are you have some concerns about someone you love. You sense something isn't quite 'right' with your child. Perhaps, you are feeling anxious or unsure of what to do. We understand how scary and uncertain this time may be for you.

 

The information we have presented here is to help answer some of your questions and help guide you in making informed decisions about further assessment and treatment. Please understand that this information is simply a starting point to understanding what autism is and is not, and how the condition should be properly evaluated. The information here is not meant to diagnose. Instead, we encourage you to consider scheduling an appointment with one of our psychologists who are qualified to diagnose autism for a complete evaluation to determine if your child is really on the spectrum. If results are positive that your child is on the spectrum, we will discuss all the appropriate treatment options currently available. You do not have to do it alone. We are here for you when you need us. For additional information on our Autism testing for adults, visit our Adults Services page.

Established Treatment Options

Once the evaluation is completed and a formal report is written, you will meet with your psychologist to review the results and your child's appropriate treatment options will be discussed at length. Treatment recommendations may include Behavior and Developmental Programs, (these address social skills, attention, sleep, play, anxiety, parent interaction) Medications, Education and Learning programs through the school districts, Speech therapy, and Occupational therapy.

 

Due to the fact every child with an ASD may show different types of symptoms, a family may need to choose from the available treatments, therapies, and programs based on their child's needs. The treatment plan for your child may have some of each of these treatment categories.

 

We hope this preliminary information has been helpful to you. You may find that you have additional questions. Please feel free to call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our ADOS-certified psychologists who will be glad to consult with you further in order to make the right recommendations for you

and your child.

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