Autism Treatment in Hurst, TX
Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of complex disorders of brain development. Symptoms of autism can vary widely and range from mild to severe. Until recently, different types of autism were classified individually, but now they all fall under the umbrella of ASD.
Adults and children with ASD can have a variety of symptoms including intellectual disabilities, trouble with motor coordination and difficulty socializing. Autism can even lead to physical problems like sleep disturbances or digestive issues. Some adults and children with ASD excel in art, music or math and may have average to above average intelligence despite their disabilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 45 children have autism. That number has increased ten times in the last 40 years. Autism is four to five times more likely in boys than in girls.
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What Causes Autism?
For many years, scientists were unsure of what causes autism. Today, researchers believe it is a combination of various biological, genetic and environmental factors; however, no two cases of autism are alike and the cause of autism is likely to vary from person to person.
Of all the autism risk factors, heredity and genetics appear to play the most significant role, and many families have a pattern of autism or related disabilities. In fact, research has identified several genetic mutations that may increase the risk of autism.
Symptoms of autism will vary widely from person to person. Some children and adults with autism are able to function in social settings and hold jobs. Others may never speak or be able to live independently. Some of the most common symptoms of ASD include:
- Trouble developing social cues like eye-to-eye contact, facial expressions and body posture
- Difficulty establishing friendships with children their own age
- Lack of empathy
- Trouble sharing enjoyment with other people
- Delay or absence of speech
- Trouble starting or maintaining a conversation
- Repetitive speech or repeating the same phrase over and over
- Difficulty identifying implied meanings (such as humor or sarcasm)
- Preoccupation with a piece of a toy but not the whole toy
- Need for a solid predictable routine
Treating autism typically includes a blend of therapies and medications to manage the symptoms. Autism treatment may include:
- Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments like IV therapy
- Behavioral therapy
- Nutritional modifications
- Sensory integration therapy
- Occupational and speech therapy
- Medication to help manage energy and ability to focus along with any mood disorders
Therapies for children may be conducted in the home or parents may learn strategies to work with their children under the guidance of a professional. Children with autism may need the help of many professionals including physical or occupational therapists, nutritionists, pediatricians, and psychologists.
The goals of autism treatment are tailored to the needs of the child and are designed to help children and adults achieve the best possible outcomes for their needs. Early intervention is the most effective step for children with autism.
Learn more about autism spectrum disorders today: call (817) 203-2760 or contact Dr. Jessica Stangenwald online today.
The New You Medical & Infusion Clinic
Address100 Grapevine Highway
Hurst, TX 76054
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