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About Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder.
What is ASD?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder. Unlike common cold or flu, no physical symptoms can be used to identify an individual with ASD. Individuals with ASD have difficulties in communication and social interaction and the level of severity varies. For example, one on less severe end can hold a typical conversation but one on the severe end may not be able to speak at all. Some have great social interest while some prefer to be alone; Some are able to live independently while some may need to live with support.
Red Flags of ASD
Learn the early signs of autism and find the best intervention to help your child.
How do I know if my Child is Autistic?
Since there is no physical symptom in autism, we cannot use medical tests (e.g., blood test) to diagnose a person with autism. Since Autism Spectrum Disorder varies widely in symptoms and severity, making a diagnosis may be difficult. Although autism is hard to diagnose before 24 months, symptoms often surface between 12 and 18 months. In order to reach conclusions for diagnosis, psychologists use different screening and assessment tools to make observations in children’s behaviors and responses.
Best therapy For Autism
Currently, no treatment has been shown to cure ASD, but several interventions have been developed and show significant improvement in cognitive ability, language and communication skill and reduction in stereotypical behaviors. Starting therapy early improves the chances for your child’s success, and it’s never too late for treatment. All children with autism can benefit from early intervention, and some may gain enough skills to be able to attend mainstream school. There is also no one size fits all when it comes to treatment. Treatment plans should be tailored according to each individual’s needs. The goal of treatment is to maximize your child’s ability to function by reducing autism spectrum disorder symptoms and supporting their development and learning. Furthermore, increasing one’s independence can help to participate in the community.