Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder consisting of deficits in social communication, social interaction, and restricted, repetitive behaviors. These impairments can lead to challenges in the use of verbal and nonverbal communicative behaviors in social interactions.
What are the symptoms of ASD?
Here are common symptoms for ASD which can vary person to person:
Difficulties interpreting what others are thinking or feeling
Deep knowledge of one particular topic
Tendency to engage in repetitive or routine behaviors
Only participates in a restricted range of activities
Strict consistency to daily routines; outbursts when changes occur
Inflection that does not reflect feelings
Trouble keeping up a conversation
Difficulty regulating emotions
Trouble interpreting facial expressions, body language, or social cues
What can I expect during my or my child's assessment?
A comprehensive assessment starts with a extensive clinical interview including parent consultation (if applicable). The testing materials will consist of cognitive, adaptive, emotional/personality, & achievement testing. A report will be generated, typically within 2-3 weeks, which can be used in his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP) or school accommodations (if applicable).