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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Those with ASD often repeat certain behaviors and are unwilling to change their daily activities.  People with ASD have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to situations.

Signs and Symptoms of ASD

Children or adults with ASD typically demonstrate the following behaviors

Not Pointing at things of interest

Having trouble understanding other’s feelings or talking about their own feelings

Not looking when somebody else points at something

Prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to

Having trouble relating to others or sharing interests

Repeat actions over and over

Avoiding eye contact or wanting to be alone

Lose skills they once had (for example, stop using words they’ve known

Diagnosing ASD

Diagnosing somebody with ASD can be difficult because there is no definitive test, like a blood test. Doctors look at a child’s development and behavior to make a diagnosis.

ASD can sometimes be detected in a child around 18 months old or younger. Diagnosis at 2 years old by a practiced professional can be considered very reliable. However, most children don’t receive a final diagnosis until much older, preventing them from getting the help they need earlier in life.

If you think your child may have ASD, please consult your physician as soon as possible. Earlier detection means you can start getting your child the help they need.

Treatment

There is no “cure” for ASD, but early intervention can significantly improve a child’s development.

At Boise Speech and Hearing Clinic, we specialize in early development treatment to help children cope and overcome their unique communication problems. With our specialized Speech-Language Pathologists, we can provide specific training to children with ASD and help them communicate and interact with others. Contact us so we can discuss what treatment options are best for your child.

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