Treatment programs may include:
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that usually appears in early childhood and is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.
As per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with boys being four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
What causes Autism?
The exact cause of autism is unknown. Research shows that environment or genetics could decide whether a person can develop the disorder.
Does My Child Have Autism?
What are the Signs of Autism and Diagnosis?
Autism diagnosis is challenging as there are no medical tests, like blood test, to identify the disorder. Diagnoses are usually made by reviewing a child’s developmental history. Although there are various signs that could indicate autism, the core signs are almost always associated with social challenges and developmental concerns.
Possible Signs of Autism
Avoiding eye contact
Delayed speech development
Limited or no interactions with peers
Repetitive speech (Echolalia) or body movement
Struggle with change in daily routine
Though it is still considered a lifelong diagnosis, with appropriate early intervention, individuals with autism can lead productive and fulfilling lives.
Autism Treatment and ABA Therapy
Decades of research have proven the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism. Behavior analysis is a cornerstone of this treatment, which attempts to improve the condition of the child through a change in their behavior. ABA is used to teach new skills, improve performance in already acquired skills and replace unwanted and challenging behaviors. The final goal of ABA therapy is to improve communication, cognitive, and social skills of the child so they can learn to adjust and adapt to their environment.
Major Insurance Plans:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Evernorth (formally Cigna)
- Magellan Healthcare
- United Healthcare / Optum
- Private Pay is available
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