Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behavior. While autism is considered a lifelong disorder, the degree of impairment in functioning varies between individuals with autism. Resultantly, presentations of symptoms can vary amongst clients.
Early signs of this disorder may be noticed by parents/caregivers or pediatricians before a child reaches 1 year of age. However, symptoms typically become more apparent by the time a child is 2 or 3 years old. In some cases, the functional impairment related to autism may be mild and not apparent until the child starts school, after which their deficits may be pronounced when amongst their peers.
Symptoms of ASD are typically diagnosed in young children around toddler age. If you’re an adult who hasn’t been diagnosed with autism, but believe you may have ASD, you are still able to be fully assessed and diagnosed in adulthood.
Our practice has experience with autism evaluations for both children and adults for ASD and we would be happy to schedule a consultation for you or your child.