Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Our success as adults depends upon our emotional, organizational and social skills.  When a child is displays challenging behaviors and/or delays in skills, the caregiver/parents and loved ones become concerned.  CARE Clinicians are trained to recognize symptoms, and customize programs to provide ultimate support for the individual and family.

Children and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder often display difficulties in these areas:

  • Social skills: making friends and interacting with other people
    • slowed development of social skills
    • less responsive to social cues
    • spending more time alone rather than with others
    • relating to people objects and events with difficulty
    • Lacking spontaneous play skills
    • Lacking interest in toys and activities related to play
  • Communication: verbal and non-verbal communication is often delayed
    • developing language slowly or not at all
    • understanding of ideas may be limited
    • limiting the use of words
    • attaching little or no meaning to words they use
    • taking other people’s perspective
  • Imagination and perceptive taking: understanding that other people have thoughts and feelings

Patterns often found in children and individuals on the spectrum may include:

  • Very rigid behaviors and/or excessive fixation on different objects or topics
  • May react differently to sounds, sight, smell, touch and taste, which affects behavior and the sensation felt
  • May also have unusual sleep patterns
  • Repetitive behaviors often present, such as vocalizations, movements, obsessions and rigid routines.  Other common repetitive behaviors include: hand-flapping, rocking, jumping and twirling, arranging and rearranging objects, and repeating sounds, words, or phrases. Sometimes the repetitive behavior is self-stimulating, such as wiggling fingers in front of the eyes.