Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, collectively called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) is a term that refers to a group of disorders, including Autism and Asperger’s syndrome, characterized by delays in the development of multiple basic functions including socialization and communication.
What is the treatment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders?
Before Autistic Spectrum Disorders can be treated, individuals must first be diagnosed by a psychologist familiar with the disorders and also familiar with other developmental delays that can sometimes mimic the autistic spectrum disorders. Evaluation typically includes behavioral reports completed by parents and teachers, a thorough diagnostic clinical interview and clinical behavioral observations. Once the specific diagnosis is determined, the psychologist collaborates with school personnel, healthcare providers (e.g., pediatricians, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc.), and parents on behavioral modifications that will serve to benefit the individual with the disorder. These recommendations and accommodations are specifically tailored to each individual.
Treatment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders:
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It is not uncommon for children to encounter difficulties at school that are brought to the attention of parents. While teachers can recognize when a student is not learning as would be expected, is a behavior problem or is not getting along with other students, they are unlikely to know what the reason is behind this. Parents may also feel that something is different about their child without knowing what the underlying problem is.
Some of the most common reasons for school problems are developmental disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, or autism or psychological difficulties such as anxiety or depression. Teens can develop eating disorders or start using alcohol or illegal substances. Significant life events such as divorce, serious medical illness, trauma or health problems of the child can also interfere with school performance.
If a teacher indicates concern that a child is not doing well in school, or if you as a parent fear your child is not developing fully, consultation with a child professional should be considered.
For additional resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders, please read Autism from KidsHealth.org.
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