Autism can manifest in a variety of ways. That said, it doesn’t have to be a negative force in someone’s life with the right support and intervention. Atlanta Specialized Care is proud to offer comprehensive care for those struggling with those who are on the autism spectrum, providing individualized treatment and specialized attention throughout their journey to a more capable life.
What is Autism?
Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how individuals interact with their environment and communicate with others. It is typically characterized by difficulty in understanding social cues, performing repetitive behaviors, and difficulties with communication.
Individuals with autism often have difficulties making sense of the world around them, as well as interactions with other people. People on the spectrum may experience sensory overload or under-responsiveness, an inability to understand facial expressions or body language, difficulty expressing emotions or understanding another person’s feelings, and difficulty forming relationships.
Although there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, early intervention can be effective in helping kids learn skills that will improve functioning and help them lead a more independent life.
Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder vary greatly from person to person both in nature and severity. Those who experience mild symptoms of autism may find they are able to navigate through life effectively, while those with more severe symptoms may need extra support to get through their everyday lives.
There are many symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder that parents can begin to look for in their children as early as nine months old. These symptoms include:
- Avoids or does not maintain eye contact
- Does not respond to name by 9 months
- Does not emote facial expressions by 9 months
- Uses few or no gestures by 12 months
- Does not point to showing interest by 18 months
- Does not show interest in playing with others by 3 years
- Lines up objects or toys and gets upset when order is disturbed
- Repeats behaviors
- Plays with toys the same way every time
- Must follow routines
- Has unusual reactions to sensory stimulation
It’s important to note that the above symptoms are not a requirement to be diagnosed on the autism spectrum. If you believe yourself or your loved one is on the autism spectrum, we encourage you to come in and see the specialists at Atlanta Specialized Care at your earliest convenience. We’ll be happy to sit down with you, listen to your concerns, and provide you with an accurate diagnosis before developing a treatment plan for you that’s tailored to your individual needs and symptoms.
Autism support and treatment is going to look different for each patient depending on the severity of their symptoms, the type of symptoms they are experiencing, and their individual needs. Atlanta Specialized Care is proud to offer comprehensive care for those struggling with their autism symptoms, ranging from individual therapy, to family therapy and beyond. To find the right support for you and your symptoms, we encourage you to come in and see the specialists at Atlanta Specialized Care. We’ll be happy to provide you with the tools and resources you need to live your happiest and most fulfilled life.
Autism Support in Atlanta & Alpharetta, GA
Sometimes, you need some extra support for your condition. Those struggling with the effects of autism don’t have to struggle alone. We are proud to offer comprehensive, evidence-based care for those on the autism spectrum. For more information about our support for autism or other mental health conditions, please call Atlanta Specialized Care at (770) 815-6853 or arrange a consultation online by using our information request form.