Autism Specturm Disorder (ASD)
What is ASD?
Common Symptoms & Behaviour.
- Social environments such as school, work, friendships and family may be stressful and can lead to behaviors such as defiance, shutting down, social missteps, avoidance, or agitation.
- Being able to relate to and understand others can be confusing for autistic people. When they don’t understand the same social or non-verbal cues that other people do, the disconnect can cause anxiety and distress — sometimes over seemingly minor issues.
- To avoid the discomfort of confusing social engagement, autistic people may choose to engage in activities that they understand and are comfortable doing, even when others find the activity “boring” or “repetitive.”
- Autistic children and adults often find that the behaviors they use to cope with their discomfort are misunderstood as being “naughty” or “rude.”
Asperger’s is an outdated term once used to diagnose high functioning autism in people who demonstrate traits of Autism, but who don’t show any signs of developmental speech delay. The terminology is no longer used in treatment or diagnosis.
People with Autism may also demonstrate symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome or ticks — experienced as involuntary repetitive movements or vocalisations. Treatment is available and can be integrated into your son or daughter’s individual treatment plan.
Testing & Treatment.
Though ASD can be challenging for the whole family, the good news is that there are a large number of effective treatment options. These may include a combination of some or all of the following:
Exploring Your Child’s Individual Needs
- Exploring your child’s triggers for anxiety or challenging behaviours
- Exploring possible sensory sensitivities
Emotional & Social Education
- Understanding feelings and how to express them
- Learning coping strategies for worries, fears, anxiety and change
- Improving social skills How to structure meaningful and pleasant routines
- Build your child’s self confidence