Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects an individual’s social skills, communication, and behavior. Difficulties in these areas can affect one’s ability to understand and relate to others. Although every child with autism develops a little differently, caregivers commonly notice the child’s disinterest in socializing, difficulties with communication, or difficulty interacting with others.
Autism is a spectrum, meaning individuals with it are all unique and have a wide range of symptoms, skills, and varying levels of impairment/challenges. The term “spectrum” helps us better understand the range of functioning people with autism have. As you can imagine, the spectrum is vast, which means individuals can show relatively minimal outward signs of autism, significant signs, or fall somewhere in the middle.
Up until May of 2013, individuals were diagnosed within five different categories of autism. Now, whether a person was previously diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, autism disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), they are now included under the same umbrella diagnosis of autism.
The Help You Need
If you, your child or loved one are experiencing the signs of autism, it may be time to visit the psychologists at Rice Psychology Group. Even when you feel as if your options to move towards a better life are limited, remember that with the best support and expert assistance, you and your loved ones’ lives can improve.
Our team of psychologists is ready to provide professional support in a comfortable and relaxing setting designed to help you and your loved ones feel at ease at all times. Let us help you find the solution you’ve been looking for. If you have any questions, call our offices in Tampa today.