Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. 

 

Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means it varies from person to person and no two people with autism have the same symptoms. Symptoms are generally apparent in infancy, 18-24 months, but become more pronounced from 24 months to 6 years. 

 

High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome, symptoms may not be as apparent until later in life. Symptoms can vary from mild

to severe.

Common Symptoms

Poor eye contact, especially when making requests

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.