What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complex disorders of brain development and is characterized by difficulties with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and emotional control. Children with ASD have different ways of learning and reacting to situations, making Applied Behavior Analysis + Therapy critical to their development.
Autism is a Spectrum Disorder, which means that it affects each person differently. Every person has a unique set of characteristics and each person’s ability to communicate, process, socialize, and manage behaviors is affected by ASD differently.
During the last decade, there has been a significant amount of attention on the increasing incidence of ASD. As a result, parents and professionals may be more likely to recognize developmental differences that could signal autism than in the past. Despite this increased awareness, knowing how to get an accurate diagnosis and what to do after a diagnosis is made can be confusing and overwhelming.
The CDC reports 1 in 45 children has Autism.
While there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children. Unfortunately, as Scott Barry, Centria CEO points out “There is an overwhelming amount of confusing and conflicting information out there related to available autism services and how to correctly access those services. This confusion can slow both diagnosis and speed to treatment for children with autism.”