Autism Fredericksburg & Woodbridge, VA

Autism

Autism or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier. Each child or adult with autism is unique. Treatments and supports that work for one may not work for another. As a result, each person’s treatment plan should follow a thorough evaluation of strengths as well as challenges.

Depending on their needs, children who have autism can receive a broad range of therapies. Typically, they include a combination of behavior therapy, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, social skills training and sometimes feeding therapy. In addition, parents may receive training on how to work with their children at home. Ideally, parents, teachers and physical therapists will all work together to integrate their approaches across the child’s daily life.

Behavioral therapies are the foundation of treatment for most children on the autism spectrum. Autism Speaks encourages parents and adults to pursue treatments that are evidence based and to seek early intervention (www.autismspeaks.org). For more information, Contact us at Fredericksburg & Woodbridge, VA centers.