Autism

Autism Defined:
Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by problems in the development of social skills and behavior. Considered the most severe developmental disability, Autism emerges sometime within the first three years of life and entails impairment with social interaction. With timely and concentrated management, most children are able to develop their ability to relate to others, communicate, and help themselves as adults. Asperger’s Disorder is a related developmental disability characterized by functioning at a higher level than the typical child with autism. Symptoms are similar (though less pronounced), and treatment for Autism and Asperger’s Disorder is related.

Symptoms/Signs of Autism:

  • Problems Developing Social Skills
  • Eccentric Behaviors
  • Poor Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
  • Failure to Establish Friendships or Other Relationships
  • Inability to Recognize Others’ Feelings
  • Limited Interests
  • Strange Eating Behaviors
  • Abnormal Sleeping Patterns
  • Self-Inflicted Harm (i.e. banging their heads or biting their hands)

BMS Treatment Options for Autism:

Depending on the need, treatment services for autism are: Counseling Services Major Mental Illness Treatment Families with autistic children often seek the intensive and comprehensive programming of Family Outreach. Some children with Autism benefit from prescribed medicine and will require Medication Management.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on treatment for autism options.

More Information about Autism from APA.org


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