Backed by a team of professionals, Wonder Years provides comprehensive mental health services, including diagnostic assessments, medication, and treatment plans for various mental health conditions, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We work with children, adolescents, and adults to support and nurture their mental well-being. Continue reading to learn more about autism.
Learn More About Autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental and neurological disorder caused by brain variations. Autism impacts the way people interact and communicate with others; it also affects the way they behave and learn. ASD is described as a “developmental disorder” because the symptoms can be observed within the first two years of life, even though it can be diagnosed at any age. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), people with ASD will display the following:
- Having difficulties communicating and interacting with others
- Showing repetitive behaviors and having very focused interests
- Symptoms that interfere with their ability to perform in work, school, and other aspects of their lives
People of all ethnic groups, genders, backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses can be diagnosed with ASD. There is a wide variation in the type of symptoms and their severity. For this reason, autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder. There are numerous subtypes of autism, most of which are influenced by environmental and genetic factors. It also means that each autistic person has a unique set of abilities and difficulties. People with autism learn, think, and solve problems in various ways; they can be highly skilled or severely challenged. Some people with ASD might need a lot of daily assistance; some only need a little help, and others can live independently. ASD also frequently coexists with sensory sensitivities, medical conditions like gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, or sleep disorders, and psychological difficulties like anxiety, depression, and attention deficits.
Causes and Treatments for Autism
Although the main causes of ASD are unknown, studies have shown that a person’s genes and environmental factors may interact to influence development in ways that result in ASD. Although it is a lifelong disorder, some therapies can help with symptoms and day-to-day functioning.
Therapy for ASD should start as early as possible. Early ASD therapy provides the proper care and services which can help lessen the person’s challenges while assisting them in developing new skills and leveraging their strengths. There is no one best therapy for ASD because people with ASD may experience various problems. Finding the ideal therapy and service combination requires close collaboration with a healthcare professional.
How Wonder Years Can Help with Autism
At Wonder Years, we have the professional capabilities to conduct neuropsychological assessments to diagnose ASD in people of all ages. Following that, we will work together with care providers to develop a therapeutic strategy to assist with coping with the symptoms and any possible emotional distress of living with ASD.
Why Choose Wonder Years?
With compassionate and professional care from our skilled team, Wonder Years believes in the positive effects of collaborating with patients, their families, and other care professionals. To better meet our patient’s needs, we also provide comprehensive assessment services, prescription medication, and alternative treatment options.
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