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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? 

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder characterized by social and communication difficulties, restrictive and/or repetitive behaviors which are apparent in childhood and disrupt the flow of daily life.  Autism comes in a wide range from mild or severe.  

1. Social Communication and Social Interaction
  • Abnormal Social Approach including Lacking Back and Forth Conversation, Reduced Emotional Response
  • Delayed Verbal & Nonverbal Communication including Lacking Eye Contact, Reduced Response to Gestures and Facial Expressions
  • Difficulties Developing Relationships

2. Restrictive Behaviors, Interest or Activities

  • Repetitive Movements or Speech
  • Strict Routines. Resist Change.
  • Unusual Focus or Limited Interest
  • Hyper-or Hypo-Reaction to Sensory including Sound, Touch, Textures, Smells, Temperatures, Pain, and Fascination with Spinning Objects.

3. Symptoms arise during Early Childhood.

4. Interrupts Daily Life.


Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lack of Eye Contact
Sensitivity to Sound, Smell, Textures, Touch and Temperatures
Repetitive Behaviors, Limited Interest
Repeating Words or Phrases
Fixation on Spinning Objects
Strict Routines, Strong Resistance to Changes
Lacking Imaginary Play
Deficit in Verbal Communication Skills
Difficulty Communicating Feelings or Emotions
Deficit in Non-Verbal Communication Skills
Lack of Understanding of Facial Expressions, Gestures
Fixation on Lights
Difficulty Establishing Friendships

Diagnosis Process Overview

1. Evaluation by your Pediatrician
2. Referral to Autism Specialist for additional evaluations
3. Clinical Diagnosis
4. Referrals to Therapist for Evaluations
5. Treatment Plan prepared by your medical team

Hint:  This process is lengthy. It may involve several visits to medical professionals. The process may involve parental/caregiver evaluations and educators evaluations. Evaluations may include interviews, questionnaires, and one-on-one assessment of the child.  
Treatment Options
While there is currently no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorders, there are treatments to help redirect behaviors and improve communication.

A. Therapies
  1. Occupational Therapy
  2. Physical Therapy
  3. Speech Therapy
  4. Applied Behavior Analysis
B. Dietary Change

1. Gluten-Free Diet
  
   This diet removes the gluten protein found in wheat, rye, and barley products from the diet.

 2. Casein-Free
     This diet removes the casein protein found in milk and milk products from the diet.


C.   Prayer & Faith
  1. Find a prayer partner to pray with daily.
  2. Find a prayer group and ask them to pray for your child, your family, and yourself regularly.  Give them updates on progress and set-backs.
  3. Pray each morning for the healing of your child's mind.
  4. Thank God for healing your child each evening.
  5. Encourage Yourself in the Lord (Holy Bible KJV 1 Samuel 30:6)
  6. Keep your FAITH!
     

Holy Bible KJV
James 5:16  "...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

D.  Medications

 

Medications are available to treat autism.  Speak with your child's medical care provider for more information on the treatment that is best for him or her. 

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