Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

ADHD Specialists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn and Rego Park, Elmhurst, NY

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services offered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn and Rego Park, Elmhurst, NY

Every person with autism has differing abilities and challenges, but they all struggle with limited interests, repetitive behaviors, and difficulty communicating and socializing. The experienced team at Beyond ADHD offers personalized Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) treatment at their New York City offices in Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Elmhurst and Rego Park in Queens. Call the nearest office today or connect online to schedule an evaluation and learn about autism treatments.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that originates in the brain (neurological) and begins in childhood but lasts throughout the lifetime (developmental).

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) encompasses a large group of people with diverse abilities in communication, behavior, learning, and interacting with others. As a result, it’s called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) spectrum disorder (ASD).

Some people with ASD may not talk, while others talk nonstop yet can’t communicate in a social situation. Autistics may have a low or high IQ. Some need 24/7 support; others only need occasional assistance to get through the day.

What are the core challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Everyone with autism has two core challenges:

Repetitive and restrictive behaviors

These behaviors include repetitive motor movements (body rocking, hand flapping, finger wiggling), limited ways of using objects (lining up toy soldiers rather than playing army), having one intense interest, and reliance on following a predictable routine.

Communication and socialization challenges

Communication problems range from not being able to talk to being talkative but not grasping how to start or sustain a reciprocal conversation. Difficulty socializing is related to communication problems, but severe anxiety, sensory issues, lacking intuitive socialization skills, and limited interests also hold them back.

What are the signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

The signs of autism are noticeable at an early age. Some of the most common include:

  • Not pointing by 12 months
  • Not using two-word phrases by 24 months
  • Not responding to their name
  • Not engaging in make-believe play
  • Refusing to be comforted or hugged
  • Not making eye contact
  • Preferring to play alone
  • Being interested in one toy, video, or TV show
  • Playing by lining up toys or with parts of toys (like spinning the wheels on a toy car)
  • Monopolizing conversations with their interest
  • Not sharing the other’s interests
  • Struggling to make friends
  • Interpreting language literally
  • Missing nonverbal cues like body language

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often hypersensitive to smells, temperature, sounds, and crowds, which makes it hard to tolerate social situations.

How is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) treated?

After finishing a comprehensive autism evaluation, your provider identifies your child’s strengths and weaknesses and recommends the treatments that meet their needs. There’s a vast range of therapies for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The best choice depends on each individual’s behavioral, emotional, and functional goals.

Call Beyond ADHD or book an appointment online today to learn if your child has autism and to begin therapy that improves their quality of life.