Autism

Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a developmental disorder that impacts an individual’s behaviour, interests, communication, and social interaction. It is considered to be a neuro-developmental condition with perhaps genetic and neurological causes. There are levels of severity and differing characteristics of presentation so no two individuals on the spectrum are alike. This is why an autism assessment is important to get right.

Once diagnosis is made by a treating professional, usually your child’s pediatrician,  a psychiatrist or multidisciplinary team then comes the treatment and management. By far it is better to have early intervention, so that skills can be developed. A wide range of therapies can be used to help children cope with ASD for the duration of their lives, but no “cure” exists to deal with it yet. Direct Focus Solutions offers a multidisciplinary approach to provide your child with the kind of care and attention they need and help provide therapy across a wide range of aspects of their life.

ASD: The Symptoms And Signs

Those who have undergone an autism assessment and have been diagnosed with ASD tend to experience some degree of hardship interacting and/or communicating with others, and this can manifest  early in their development.

  • For instance, some children withASD may be delayed in speech. Some children may also have trouble expressing themselves through nonverbal cues such as using gestures, body language, facial expressions, and eye contact. Sometimes, they eliminate eye contact entirely, regardless of whether you’re familiar to them or not.
  • Sometimes, children that have ASD may also express disinterest or lack awareness of other children around them. They also tend to prefer the company of either younger or older children, adult, or even just play alone.
  • Individuals with ASD may also have difficulty understanding and interpreting the feelings and emotions of others, and as such may also have a hard time taking part and/or starting conversations.
  • Children possessing ASD also prefer sticking to a particular “routine,” and may suffer from temper tantrums when this order is disrupted.

As such, diagnostically speaking, individuals with ASD symptoms may have other issues that can affect them on a behavioural, emotional, and cognitive level. These include depression, anxiety, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can co-occur.

ASD: Coping, Managing Life

Even though there is no known “cure” for ASD, there are available ways to help children with ASD cope with their respective conditions through special therapies and intervention that could help with their social, communication, and education development, alongside other skills they may need to better understand themselves and others, and express themselves better.

  • Therapies include teaching better ways to communicate such as through pictures and rehearsed scripts.
  • Social interaction can also be improved using strategies that could help them respond to other people’s feelings by having a better grasp of understanding them.
  • Children with ASD may also learn imaginative play skills, an example of which is encouraging pretend play so they can be more confident in expressing themselves.
  • Therapy related to education may include strategies that could help children with ASD learn math, reading, and writing appropriate to their pace of learning.

Our team here at Direct Focus Solutions also offers a number of strategies and autism treatment options under our multidisciplinary approach that aims to tackle therapy of ASD through different fronts. Our team of professionals are well versed with strategies such as psychotherapy, occupational therapy, neurofeedback, and biofeedback training that aim to use multiple disciplines to be able to provide the best support.

Our Autism Practitioners

Kathryn Humby

I consider myself to be gentle and compassionate, with an analytical and scientific mind. I am conscientious, diligent and I persevere to find support solutions. I am particularly interested in anxiety and its expression across the lifespan, from childhood to late adulthood.

Read More