Autistic Disorder (Autism):

Information and Resources

Autism (also called autistic disorder) is a common disorder in the USA. Autistic disorder is among the group of developmental disorders called autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). 

Children with autism tend to exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Problems initiating and maintaining social interactions
  • Repetitive behaviors (such as hand flapping, rocking, or spinning)
  • Displaying narrow or obsessive interests

These symptoms can range from mild to disabling in their severity. These symptoms may not be recognized in children who are mildly affected. It can also be difficult to recognize symptoms when more severe handicaps disguise them.

The causes of autism have not been identified. However, scientists believe that it involves both genetic and environmental factors.

Treating Autism

Autism has no cure. However, behavioral interventions and therapies can remediate specific symptoms and prompt substantial improvements. The best treatment plan combines therapies and interventions that meet the unique needs of each child. These treatments may include:

  • Educational or behavioral interventions
  • Medications
  • Therapies

The consensus among professionals is that the earlier that treatment begins, the better it is for a child with autism. 

Treating Autism

Autism has no cure. However, behavioral interventions and therapies can remediate specific symptoms and prompt substantial improvements. The best treatment plan combines therapies and interventions that meet the unique needs of each child. These treatments may include:

  • Educational or behavioral interventions
  • Medications
  • Therapies

The consensus among professionals is that the earlier that treatment begins, the better it is for a child with autism. 

Autism Prognosis

Autism symptoms tend to improve with treatment as these children mature. Some children with autism may grow up to live normal, or close to normal, lives. Children who experience a regression in their language skills before age 3 may have an increased risk of also having epilepsy or seizure-like brain activity.  

Adolescents with autism may become depressed or have behavioral problems. The parents of such adolescents should be prepared to make the necessary adjustments to their treatment plans. Persons with autism will likely need services and support as they mature. However, many people are able to live on their own, or within a supportive environment, and also work successfully.  

Accessing Healthcare for Autism

An autism diagnosis may seem quite difficult, but keep in mind that symptoms can improve with early therapies and interventions. Our team of experts at Family Neurology can provide the full scope of healthcare from diagnosis to continued treatment. Contact us today for an initial consultation. We are willing to work with you, your child and support team to develop a treatment plan that is in the best interest of your child and his/her future. 

Accessing Healthcare for Autism

An autism diagnosis may seem quite difficult, but keep in mind that symptoms can improve with early therapies and interventions. Our team of experts at Family Neurology can provide the full scope of healthcare from diagnosis to continued treatment. Contact us today for an initial consultation. We are willing to work with you, your child and support team to develop a treatment plan that is in the best interest of your child and his/her future. 

Autism Resources

Research Institutions

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts autism research in its NIH laboratories. It also gives grants to medical institutions across America to conducmoreal research.

The Children’s Health Act of 2000 led to the NINDS and three related institutions establishing the NIH Autism Coordinating Committee. This committee’s core function is to expand, deepen, and manage NIH’s autism research. 

Furthermore, eight dedicated research centers have been established across America as “Centers of Excellence in Autism Research”. These centers coordinate researchers and resources to perform clinical research into the causes, diagnosis, early detection, prevention and treatment of disorders along the autism spectrum.

Organizations

Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)

This is a national not-for-profit organization consisting of a group of parents and professionals focused on the care and treatment of people with autism. ASAT disseminates scientifically-approved information about autism and the various treatment options. 

Autism National Committee (AUTCOM)

An organization that protects and promotes the human and civil rights of all individuals with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related disorders affecting communication and behavior.

Autism Network International (ANI)

This is a self-help and advocacy organization that is autistic-run. It provides a forum for people with autism to interact, and give peer support. They can also share tips for coping and problem-solving in daily life.

Autism Research Institute (ARI)

An organization that performs research on the cause, prevention and treatment of autism.

Organizations

Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)

This is a national not-for-profit organization consisting of a group of parents and professionals focused on the care and treatment of people with autism. ASAT disseminates scientifically-approved information about autism and the various treatment options. 

Autism National Committee (AUTCOM)

An organization that protects and promotes the human and civil rights of all individuals with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related disorders affecting communication and behavior.

Autism Network International (ANI)

This is a self-help and advocacy organization that is autistic-run. It provides a forum for people with autism to interact, and give peer support. They can also share tips for coping and problem-solving in daily life.

Autism Research Institute (ARI)

An organization that performs research on the cause, prevention and treatment of autism.

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