Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Support Starts Here

Piecing Together the Puzzle

Living with autism can be a superpower. But that does not mean there are not difficulties too. If you are like most of the other clients with autism we help, you probably have to find ways to cope with or compensate for certain behaviors. At Ally Psych, we do not want to change you, we want to help you accomplish your goals and live a fulfilling life.

So whether you want help with friends, social skills and cues, family, coping skills, or anything else, we are here for you. At Ally Psych, we make sure that every client who has or suspects they might have autism is paired with a therapist with real-world experience and training.

Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together

As the name suggests, Autism Spectrum Disorder can display a wide range of characteristics. These signs and symptoms can range from mild features to profound developmental delays. If you feel like some of the signs or symptoms listed below describe behaviors you are seeing, or if your child’s pediatrician mentioned the possibility of ASD, we suggest reaching out to us to talk to a trained therapist.

Signs & Symptoms of Autism

avoiding eye contact, a sign of autism

Avoiding Eye Contact

The individual (you or your child) tends to purposely avoid eye contact with others, including those close to them.

child with autism, has a speech delay

Delayed Speech and Communication Skills

There is a significant delay in verbal and overall communication skills that last beyond the typical developmental milestones.

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Reliance on Rules

Adherence to rules and routines are important, and a lack of rules may lead to adverse emotional and behavioral reactions.

Being Upset by Minor Changes

Minor deviations from expectations or schedules causes significant emotional dysregulation.

Sensory Sensitivity

There is an extreme sensitivity to one or multiple sensory stimuli. This can include touch, taste, smell, noise, or sight.

Kid Difficulty Understanding Emotions

Difficulty Understanding Others’ Emotions

Perceiving another person’s emotions (both conceptually and visually) is difficult. This can lead to misunderstandings and inappropriate responses.

Autism Treatment Options

We’re Here To Help

We understand that navigating Autism Spectrum Disorder can feel overwhelming, but Ally Psych is here to help guide you. No matter what you are experiencing, there are therapists at Ally Psych with special experience and training to help and support you and your loved ones. Whether you are looking for individual therapy, social skills training, or parent support groups, contact us today.

Spectrum Disorder and Your Family

Understanding Spectrum Disorders

For the most comprehensive diagnosis, a neuropsychologist, like the one at Ally Psychological Services, should conduct a comprehensive autism evaluation. Once completed, the neuropsychologist can explain the results and recommendations for support and the overall treatment plan.

While there are medications to help manage some symptoms that might be present in individuals with ASD, there is currently no medication to directly treat Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Absolutely, and you are not alone. Caring for someone on the spectrum can be exhausting and frustrating. We’re here to help. Ally Psych offers therapy to parents and caregivers of individuals on the spectrum, including support groups, individual therapy, and family therapy.

Asperger Syndrome Disorder is a previously used diagnosis on the autism spectrum. In 2013, it became part of one Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) umbrella diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Though the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome Disorder is no longer used, many previously diagnosed people still identify strongly and positively with the diagnosis.

Children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum
Disorder predominantly attends mainstream academic institutions. While different districts and schools have various programs and staff, the public school system is generally very attuned to the needs of those on the Autism Spectrum.

A child does not grow out of autism. However, early intervention is crucial in helping your child learn various skills that will help them throughout life. It is possible that for some on the spectrum, with early enough support, they will be able to live an independent life.

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