Autism spectrum disorders/Asperger’s Syndrome
Autism is a general term for a group of complex disorders of brain development. Autism is thought to stem from very early brain development, however most obvious signs tend to begin between 2 and 3 years of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism is identified in around 1 in 88 American children. In addition, studies show that autism affects boys four to five times as much as girls.
Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is considered to be on the higher functioning end of children affected with autism. Many of the children affected by Asperger syndrome have difficulty with social interactions and can have limited interests as well as repetitive behaviors. At times, normal motor development may be delayed, causing clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements.
Children with Asperger syndrome often do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development. These signs and symptoms are common with
Asperger syndrome, but not often present in one individual and will vary in degree:
- Limited social interactions
- Robotic or repetitive speech
- Challenges with nonverbal communication (gestures)
- Lack of eye contact
- Obsession with specific topics
- Awkward movements or mannerisms
Research is coming to light that shows autism is caused by not just one factor, but a multitude of factors from genes, to early oxygen deprivation in the brain and a host of other possible factors. It is important to note that autism is a wide range of symptoms and every person affected with autism is unique.
- Social interaction difficulties
- Communication challenges
- Tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors
- Language disabilities
- Self Injury
- Sleep deficits
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Immune dysfunction
- Sensory processing problems
How Therapy Solutions Helps
As every child with autism is unique, they need to be treated as such. Our therapists understand that autism is a disorder that affects the whole family. Parents at times can feel frustrated and at a loss with no forward plan. By evaluating your child and the family dynamics, we can learn the main areas to focus on, to improve your child’s abilities.
In addition, we can then train the family and your child with effective strategies to use in the home. Pediatric therapy often involves a multi-discipline approach to achieve the best results. Sensory integration may also be performed to assist with the processing of normal, everyday sensations.
Our Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND therapists work closely with your child to identify limitations and make appropriate treatments to improve those. Request your appointment with Therapy Solutions today.