Autism is a developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life and involves a display of puzzling behaviors not associated with typical children. Since the 1990s, the rate of incidence of autism has increased considerably. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now estimating that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with boys outnumbering girls with the disorder four to one. Once the disorder is diagnosed, early intervention can help improve a child’s development. Along with dietary approaches, medication, and complementary and alternative medicine, behavior therapy can help encourage positive behaviors, discourage negative behaviors, and improve a number of skills.
We understand how difficult it can be for families dealing with an autistic child. It’s not something anyone should do alone. Our compassionate counselors can provide the support and help that you need to deal with this long-term and complicated aspect of your life. We can also help mitigate the stress and anxiety that comes with having a special-needs child. For an appointment please call one of our offices or 800-325-1192.
P.S. The earlier an autistic child is treated, the better the outcome can be expected to be.