Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects social interaction, communication, and behavior. Experts classify Autism Spectrum Disorder as a spectrum disorder because of the wide range of symptoms and severity that could surface.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s perception of and interaction with others, leading to social interaction and communication difficulties. ASD is a “spectrum” condition, which means that symptoms and severity can vary widely. Some people with ASD are highly functioning and only require support in specific areas, while others may require more intensive services and support.
Autism typically manifests itself in early childhood and progresses to cause difficulties in different aspects of a person’s life, such as socially, academically, and professionally.
Experts aren’t always able to spot symptoms of autism in children within the first year of life. Children may appear to develop normally but then go through a period of regression between the ages of 18 and 24 months, at which point they begin to show signs of autism.
There are a variety of symptoms that can be associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, it is important to keep in mind that not every individual with ASD will experience all of the symptoms. In general, ASD can be characterized by difficulties with social interaction, communication, and repetitive or restrictive behaviors.
The following are some of the most common symptoms displayed by people with an autism spectrum disorder.
People with ASD often have difficulty understanding social cues and may encounter challenges with communication.
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may exhibit restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, which may include any of the following signs:
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Because of the complexity of the disorder and that symptoms and severity can vary, there are likely many causes. Environmental and genetic factors may each have an impact, but there is no single known cause of autism spectrum disorder.
ASD affects people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, though it is estimated to be about four times more common among boys than girls. Autism spectrum disorder appears to be caused by many different genes. Some of the genetic mutations that occur are inherited, while others appear to be triggered by environmental factors.
It is believed that Autism Spectrum Disorder may be triggered by anything from viral infections, pregnancy complications, air pollution, exposure to chemicals, or other external factors completely. Researchers are constantly looking into these possibilities but haven’t been able to determine any specific environmental causes definitively yet.
At MHC San Diego we believe that the best ASD treatment plans are tailored to the individual’s needs and provides ongoing support for the person throughout their life. We’ve had a great amount of success using different therapies in treating ASD, including:
There is no single treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are, however, several approaches that can be used to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life for a person living with ASD.
To learn more about the treatment options available for Autism Spectrum Disorder in San Diego, contact the Mental Health Center of San Diego at (858) 258-9883