Autism 101

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. (more from Autism Speaks)

Are you worried your child might have autism?

Onset usually occurs before a child’s second birthday. Difficulties with social communication and interaction, along with tendencies to engage in repetitive patters or behaviors or restricted interests and activities are both two areas of development that are considered when diagnosing autism.

The first step if you’re concerned? Consult a qualified professional. An assessment and evaluation by a trained and experienced practitioner will help provide some answers. If you’re not convinced or need a second opinion, get one. Trellis staff are always available to answer any questions or concerns when going through the diagnostic process.

After Diagnosis

Has your child been diagnosed with autism or a related communication disorder? You are not alone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, around 1 in 68 American children are on the autism spectrum. It affects people of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups and tends to be more common in boys than in girls.

An autism diagnosis doesn’t have to dictate your child’s future. Trellis was founded specifically to help children and young adults find fun and confidence through engagement and interaction. We’re here to help shape and redefine how treatment is delivered and provide your family with the support, resources and tools you are looking for.

Unfortunately, there is no clear answer as to what causes autism. But ongoing research continues to provide us with more and more information about how we can successfully influence brain development to help enhance lives.

Early intervention is critical to the long-term success of people with autism. There is much evidence that positive changes and effects can happen with many of today’s treatment programs. Trellis is focused on providing services and interventions that work to collectively meet academic, communication and social needs.

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