Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others. This can lead to difficulties communicating and in perceiving social interactions. Children typically show early signs by the age of 2.
Common signs of autism include:
- Failure to make consistent eye contact
- Difficulty looking at or listening to people
- Slow to respond to someone calling their name
- Facial expressions that are inconsistent with mood
- Repetitive behaviors such as repeating words or phrases
- Overly focused interest
- Easily being upset by changes in routine
- Sensory processing difficulties
- Lack of make-believe play
A thorough evaluation by a trained physician is often necessary to diagnose Autism and to ensure that there are no underlying medical causes that need to be ruled out. Once properly diagnosed, therapy and medications can begin. Although there is no cure for ASD, therapy can be used to help alleviate co-occurring mood, anxiety, and behavioral and attention symptoms.
At Psychiatric Associates of Pennsylvania, we will work closely with the family and patients to help identify methods to cope with its challenges. Call to today to see how we can help.