Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mental Health located in Hainesport, NJ

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex condition characterized by numerous behavioral health challenges. For many families in and around Hainesport, New Jersey, Henrietta Udeh, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Eronmwon Balogun, MSN, PMHNP-BC, and the professional team at Reflections Behavioral Health, LLC, are an outstanding resource for diagnostic and treatment services. Book a visit today by phone or connect online any time, day or night.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Q & A

What kinds of conditions fall under autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder refers to a wide range of developmental health issues. People who experience these conditions often have difficulties engaging in social interactions or communicating with others. 

Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of autism spectrum disorder but believe a combination of environmental and genetic factors plays a significant role. 

Some people with autism can live independently, maintain careers, and make friends. At the other end of the spectrum, some are totally nonverbal and need lifetime skilled care. 

What are some of the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

The condition most often begins to show symptoms before the age of three. Some of the signs that a small child might have autism spectrum disorder include:

  • Not showing facial expressions by 9 months
  • Not responding when you say their name by 9 months
  • Not performing gestures like waving by 12 months
  • Not pointing or showing interest in specific objects by 18 months
  • Inability to make or maintain eye contact

Some additional noticeable signs of autism in older kids include:

  • Upsetness when their toys are moved out of a specific order
  • Obsessive interest in certain topics
  • Flapping hands, spinning in circles, or other repetitive behaviors
  • Extreme distress when faced with simple changes
  • Delayed language development
  • Abnormal mood swings
  • Need to follow specific routines

Many kids with autism lack interest in playing with or otherwise engaging with other children. 

Are there treatments that can help with autism spectrum disorder?

There is no “cure” for autism, but there are treatments and therapies that can help kids improve their daily function.  

Medication might play a role in treating autism, especially in people who experience depression, anxiety, or irritability linked to their condition. 

Applied behavioral analysis is a great way to help children improve their skills. This involves identifying a child’s functional challenges and structuring a behavioral health plan that aligns with their unique set of needs. 

Social skills training can help kids better interact with their peers, teachers, and parents. Speech and language therapy is an important step for many, as is finding the right special education services. 

Many parents benefit from parent management training, which teaches you how to best respond to challenging behaviors and encourage more appropriate behaviors. 

When you’re ready to explore autism spectrum disorder in more depth, reach out to Reflections Behavioral Health, LLC, online or by phone.