Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant behavioral, social and communication challenges that typically appear in early childhood; generally before age three. Every child that has ASD handles the disorder differently, and they typically have their own unique set of symptoms.
Red Flags – A person with ASD might:
- Not respond to their name by 12 months of age
- Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
- Not play “pretend” games (pretend to “feed” a doll) by 18 months
- Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
- Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
- Have delayed speech and language skills
- Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
- Give unrelated answers to questions
- Get upset by minor changes
- Have obsessive interests
- Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
- Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look. or feel
Our therapists are trained to help children with ASD learn and grow. Here at Pediatric Therapy Partners, our Therapists will work with your child to help them with sensory processing disorder, motor skills development, social interaction and much more.
Our occupational therapists will actively work with your child as they age to develop and sustain self-care skills, independent living skills, fine motor coordination, self-regulation and behavioral strategies, and social skills.
Our physical therapists will help your child gain gross motor and coordination skills such as running, jumping, tip-toes, climbing, as well as stretching and strengthening so that they can participate with their peers across all environments.
Our speech-language pathologists will work with your child to encourage the development of speech and language skills through various types of communication such as verbal speech, American sign language, picture exchange communication system (PECS), and communication devices. The SLP’s will also help to incorporate visual schedules, finish boxes and countdown visual schedules, and work with your child to learn expressive language (making requests, making choices), receptive language (following directions, identifying objects) and social/pragmatic language (initiating, maintaining and terminating conversation, social boundaries) in order to help your child effectively and functionally communicate in a variety of environments.