Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects the way individuals understand and react to the world around them, including their social interaction, communication, interest and behaviour.

It is an umbrella term that includes…

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s
  • Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD)

Symptoms of ASD present themselves before the age of 3, although diagnosis is often not made until much later and or even adulthood.

What are the symptoms?

There are many signs of ASD. Each individual will present with their own, unique set of symptoms.  This can include….

  • 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

As symptoms are often very individual, this list is by no means exhaustive.

What are the therapies that can help?

At Select psychology we do not diagnose ASD as this requires the input of a multidisciplinary 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 we 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. Some therapies that can help those with autism, Asperger’s and PDD include..

We offer the above therapies to help with austism spectrum disorder and also offer a free 15 minute private and confidential telephone consultation to chat through what you’re experiencing and how we may be able to help.

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Useful Links

Autism Society