Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is it?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term that includes autism, aspergers and pervasive developmental disorders. Symptoms present themselves before the age of 3, although diagnosis is often not made until much later, and can be made in adulthood. ASD affects the way individuals understand and react to the world around them, including their social interaction, communication, interest and behaviour.

What are the symptoms?

There are many signs of ASD and each individual will present with their own, unique set of symptoms so this list is by no means exhaustive:

  • Difficulty with communication and interaction with others
  • Restricted interests and repetitive behaviours
  • Minimal or inconsistent eye contact
  • Difficulty in understanding and responding to emotions
  • Having facial expressions, movements and gestures that do not match the situation
  • Not picking up on social cues
  • Having difficulties with reciprocal conversation
  • Becoming upset by even small changes in routine
  • Being more or less sensitive than others to sensory changes

What are the therapies that can help? 

At Select psychology we do not diagnose ASD as this requires the input of a multi disciplinary team. We would recommend that you seek advice from your GP if you have concerns that you or a loved one is presenting with some of the symptoms.

However, once a diagnosis has been made Select can offer assessments of specific difficulties that may result from coping with living with ASD.

Therapy can be helpful in reducing challenging behaviours and helping individuals and families to build upon their strengths, develop social skills and improve communication.

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