CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.
We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
New Center for Disease Control (CDC) numbers estimate that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States. This has increased from 1 in 68 in 2012.
ASD is a condition characterized by deficits in understanding the emotions of others, reciprocating emotion, failure to have a back-and-forth conversation or initiate interactions. Individuals with ASD may also have difficulty picking up on nonverbal cues such as facial expressions or body language; they may not exhibit eye contact and may fail to show emotions.
Difficulties with the ability to develop, maintain, or understand social relationships is common and they may show a lack of interest in engaging or playing with peers or participating in imaginative play.
In addition, individuals with ASD may display restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior and or interests such as:
- Rrepetitive motor movements (hand flapping, lining up toys),
- Echoing others speech,
- Inflexible insistence on routines,
- Rigid thinking or difficulty with transitions.
They also have highly fixed interests that are abnormal for other people their age and they may have a strong preoccupation with unusual objects.
Sensory sensitivities are common, as individuals with ASD may become easily overwhelmed by pain or temperature, sounds, textures, lights, or smells. ASD symptoms typically present in early childhood and may cause significant impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning.
ASD is sometimes accompanied with an intellectual impairment or language impairment as individuals may be delayed in speech development.
While ASD is a lifelong condition; symptoms can be remediated through early intervention.
Treatment may consist of:
- Speech therapy,
- Occupational therapy,
- Behavioral intervention such as applied behavioral analysis (ABA),
- Social skills training,
- or neurofeedback.
It may be difficult to correctly differentiate ASD from other developmental or speech delays in young children- and accurate and early diagnosis is critical for long-term success. In general, the earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the outcome.
Our specialists conduct neuropsychological testing and functional assessment to diagnose ASD and we can create a customized plan of treatment based on the diagnosis.
There is no known cure for ASD but together a team of professionals can work hard to help a child with ASD reach a higher potential and live a more fulfilling life than without treatment.
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.
ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)
Source: National Resource Center on ADHD