Autism Spectrum Disorder
The appointments are over. The assessments, the tests, the evaluations have all been completed and the diagnosis is in: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It may be a shock to you, your family, and your friends. What was once a clear path for your child now feels uncertain and even scary. Autism is one of the most diagnosed developmental disabilities among children in the United States. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 in 68 children has been diagnosed with ASD and that ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Even though the diagnosis may make you wonder about your child’s future, there are treatments and there is help for you and your child.
Finding a high quality autism spectrum resource center is vital to receive the most up to date treatment and options for your child. Depending on the age of your child and the prognosis, a variety of treatment options may be suggested. Parent education, behavior therapy, speech therapy, and sensory therapy are often beneficial to children with autism.
Children with ASD sometimes have a very hard time communicating and have behavior patterns that can be disruptive, especially in school and community settings. Through therapy parents learn how to better understand and respond to the needs of the child, and the child with ASD learns to better manage emotions and behaviors across environments.
The type of treatment will need to be specific to your child. Some children may benefit from movement and sensory motor therapy while others may need treatment at a speech and language therapy center. It is important to make sure that the methods used are be tailored to what your child and family needs most.
While there is no cure for ASD, children and young adults with this diagnosis can develop skills and relationships that lead to a high quality life. There is assistance available to help you and your child. Every child deserves the chance to reach their highest potential!
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