Autism is a general term for a group of complex disorders of brain development. Autism is thought to stem from very early brain development, and while signs tend to become most obvious between 2 and 3 years of age, children much younger can be identified. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism is identified in around 1 in 88 American children. In addition, studies show that autism affects boys four to five times as much as girls.
Research is coming to light that shows autism is caused by not just one factor, but a multitude of factors from genes, to early oxygen deprivation in the brain, to environmental influences and a host of other possible factors. It is important to note that autism is a wide range of symptoms and every person affected with autism is unique.
- Social interaction difficulties
- Communication challenges
- Tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors
- Language disabilities
- Self Injury
- Sleep deficits
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Immune dysfunction
- Sensory processing problems
How Pediatric Therapy Helps
As every child with autism is unique, they need to be treated as such. Our therapists understand that autism is a disorder that affects the whole family. Parents at times can feel frustrated and at a loss with no forward plan. By evaluating your child and working with the family, we can address the main areas to focus on to improve your child’s abilities. In addition, we also focus on family training, teaching effective strategies to use in the home. Pediatric therapy often involves a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve the best results, and we are always eager to work with your child’s entire team of professionals. Our expert understanding of sensory processing and its impact on motor function and behavior builds the foundation to our comprehensive therapeutic approach.