Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that is characterized by difficulties with social communication and social interaction across multiple settings.  Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is also associated with difficulties with transitions, insistence on routines and stereotyped movements such as lining things up or flipping objects.  Individuals may also present with highly intense and fixated interests and difficulties with sensory input such as adverse responses to smell, touch, sounds or foods.  People with autism may have a desire to make connections with others but difficulties in understanding social norms or interpreting others' emotions can get in the way.  Autism truly is a spectrum and each person is unique with unique strengths and challenges.  The first step in helping an individual with ASD is to conduct a thorough evaluation.  It is important to consider the role of physical health conditions, family functioning, life changes, and the role of communication when assessing emotional or behavioral challenges.  We have extensive training in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and work towards helping improve emotional and behavioral health as well as build on the strengths of each individual and family.

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