Having a child on the autism spectrum means that they can have symptoms that range widely from highly functioning to requiring extra care. However, all children on this spectrum need special attention to their specific needs for optimal growth. Whether your child has a diagnosis of Asperger’s or another spectrum disorder, they need care and support. Contact EMIT Therapeutics today at 844.983.0240 to learn how our autism treatment programs can support your child’s needs.
What Are Types of Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder refers to the many types of autism that lie along a spectrum of how it affects the individual. Those with one of the conditions in this spectrum may have difficulty with the following:
- Social interaction with others
- Interpersonal relationships
- Repetitive or restricted movements or behaviors
While the best-known types of autism are autistic disorder and Asperger’s, other conditions exist. For example, children with pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS) have many symptoms of autism but not enough for a formal diagnosis of autism.
Alternatively, Rett’s Syndrome produces symptoms of autism exceptionally early, before 18 months. Typically, autism does not develop until after a child is 18 months.
Lastly, childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD) happens when autism symptoms occur much later after normal development for the first three to four years of life. When CDD occurs, the child will regress from progress made and lose motor control, social skills, language skills, and intelligence.
Not every child with autism spectrum disorder will have the same symptoms as another child. However, because this condition influences communication and relationships, early diagnosis and intervention can help the child handle their unique situation.
What Is Autism?
Autistic disorder, more commonly known as autism, is one of the many conditions on the spectrum. However, those with autism can have many variations in their symptoms. Most children and adults with autism have marked difficulty in communication. Some may be nonverbal, while others speak or use language well.
Another issue for those with autism is social. Children may have social problems due to an inability to control their emotions or accurately read social skills. These issues can lead to interacting in a highly social world difficult without support.
What Is Asperger’s?
Asperger’s Disorder, or Asperger’s Syndrome, was once a separate diagnosis but now is part of the term autism spectrum disorder. It is another of the many types of autism. However, Asperger’s produces less severe symptoms. Children with this diagnosis tend to lack severe problems with language skills and have less severe social and interpersonal skills than those with other forms of autism.
How Can I Help My Child with Asperger’s or Autism?
While having a child with Asperger’s or autism can feel overwhelming, you can find support to help them through life. Treatment methods may include speech therapy, early intervention programs, and applied behavioral analysis therapy.
Your child may receive therapy and treatment before starting preschool through early intervention at two to three years old. At this age, the brain is still developing and growing, allowing for crucial changes in learning and other skills to take place. By working with a child during this critical formative stage, the autism specialist can help your child enjoy lasting results from support and therapy.
Applied behavioral analysis therapy is another way that an autism specialist can help your child. This type of treatment helps your child to improve their interpersonal, communication, and social skills.
Unfortunately, Asperger’s and autism have no cure. However, with support and treatment, your child can attain skills to live fully.
Contact EMIT Therapeutics for Autism Treatment
If you need to find support for your child with Asperger’s or autism, contact us at EMIT Therapeutics. We can provide you with a 15-minute free consultation to learn more about your child and their condition. For questions, please call us directly at 844.983.0240 or use our contact form.
You are not alone in finding help and support for raising your child with Asperger’s or autism. Our caring professionals will come to your home in the New Jersey area or offer telehealth treatment programs to address your child’s struggles and concerns. Let us help you and your child today.