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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can impact social interaction, communication, movement, behavior and sensory processing.

A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder requires evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning. This can include being exhausted when forced to mask or camouflage, with a significant need for recovery time alone. It is common for the presentation to differ depending on context (e.g. a child may present differently at home than they do at school). Other areas that may be impacted include anxiety, depression, burnout, school refusal or difficulty launching into adulthood.

Differences in reciprocating social or emotional interactions.

May include difficulty with:

  • Offering or responding to greetings

  • Initiating conversation

  • Conversing about a variety of topics

  • Responding to praise

  • Understanding others' intentions

  • Staying on topic

  • Managing conversations that include multiple people

The process of evaluating an individual for ASD begins with a structured clinical interview and continues with the administration of various measures targeted at assessing the client’s cognitive, neuropsychological, and social-emotional functioning. 

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