Autism Therapy

Autism

Definition

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

Symptoms and Characteristics

The disorder can range from mild to severe and so can the symptoms, ranging from extreme in one person to absent in another. The most obvious and common trait is severe trouble with social situations. In general, traits of ASD include:

  • Repetitive behaviors

  • Need for routines and sameness

  • Poor social skills

  • Problems making eye contact

  • Inability to read nonverbal cues

  • Lack of emotional and social reciprocity

  • Intense interest in one area

  • Inability to make same-age friends

  • Sensitivity to light, sound, taste, smell, and touch

  • Normal IQ, often with great ability in one area

  • Difficulty determining personal space

  • Clumsiness

  • Extensive vocabulary

  • Rigid or monotonous speech patterns

  • Eccentric behavior

  • Lack of emotional spontaneity

Diagnosis

Three main symptoms must be present—in most cases before the age of three—for the proper diagnosis of an ASD.  These are:

  1.  Impairments in social skills

  2.  Impairments in communication

  3.  Ritualistic or repetitive activities and interests

At IQRx, while we do not provide diagnoses, the fact is that many of our students come to us with previous  diagnoses, including previous DSM-IV spectrum diagnoses for Asperger's, PDD-NOS, Autism, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Rhett's and current DSM-5 spectrum diagnoses of Autism Level 1, 2, or 3 or Social Communication Disorder.  We help children and adults with spectrum disorder diagnoses because we address the cognitive deficits that are commonly linked to these diagnoses. In fact, our brain training programs strengthen all critical cognitive skills which is why children and adults with spectrum disorders who go through our program experience such significant improvements in school, work, and life.

Causes

Scientists and doctors generally agree Autism is caused by abnormalities in the brain and that there are many possible reasons those abnormalities occur including:​

  • ​Genetic predisposition: Studies show ASD runs in families.

  • Environmental: Some researchers believe toxins, chemical overload, allergies, or yeast overgrowth can lead to irregularities in the brain.

  • Medical conditions: Some medical conditions, such as epilepsy, are more common in people with ASDs. Some researchers believe immune system dysfunction can lead to the changes in the brain that cause Autism.

Treatment

Treatment includes psychotherapy, behavior modification therapy, social skills training, education interventions, diet modification, medication, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy, and cognitive skills training.


There is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorders. But, intense one-one-one cognitive skills training with BrainRx can help people with ASD move much closer to where the effects of the disorder may be hardly noticeable. The therapy strengthens weak mental skills, leading to a faster, more efficient learner who’s more socially adept, happier, and more confident. 

Helpful Resources

Asperger’s Disorder Homepage
http://aspergers.com


O.A.S.I.S. Online Asperger Syndrome 

Information & Support
http://www.aspergersyndrome.org


Autism Research Institute
http://www.autism.com


Autism Society of America
http://www.autism-society.org


Autism Speaks
http://www.autismspeaks.org

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

https://www.mghclaycenter.org/topic/learning-issues/

BrainRx training was beneficial to understand who I am, my areas of strength and weakness. It was good to work with others on the exercises. It was worth the commitment. I feel it has helped me focus on areas of weakness that I can continue to work on, to improve and have a more fulfilled life.

- Caroline S.

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