What is autism spectrum disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects how people communicate and behave. ASD is on a spectrum, meaning that people who have ASD have a wide range of types of symptoms and intensity of symptoms.
What is the difference between autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger’s Syndrome is no longer a diagnosis because it has been absorbed into the ASD diagnosis. Asperger’s Syndrome can be thought of as ASD on the “high-functioning” side of the spectrum.
What are some strengths of people with autism spectrum disorder?
Being able to learn things in detail and remember information for long periods of time
Being strong visual and auditory learners
Excelling in math, science, music, or art
What are some common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?
Making little or inconsistent eye contact
Tending not to look at or listen to people
Rarely sharing enjoyment by sharing things to others
Failing to, or being slow to, respond to someone trying to get their attention
Having difficulties with the back and forth of conversation
Often speaking a long time about their favorite subject without noticing that others are not interested or without giving others a chance to respond
Making facial expressions, movements, and gestures that do not match what is being said
Having an unusual tone of voice that may sound sing-song, flat, or robot-like
Having difficulty understanding another person’s point of view or being unable to predict or understand other people’s actions
Restrictive or Repetitive Behaviors
Repeating certain behaviors or having unusual behaviors
Having a lasting intense interest in certain topics
Having overly focused interests, such as with moving objects or parts of objects
Getting upset by slight changes in routine
Being more or less sensitive than other people to sensory input, such as light, noise, clothing, or temperature
What are common experiences of people with autism spectrum disorder?
People with ASD are able to have relationships with others, do well in school, enjoy hobbies, build careers, live independently, and enjoy life. People with ASD may also experience other mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.
How does CARE work with people who are “on the spectrum”?
Increase and build on strengths
Learning communication and social skills
Help develop coping skills
CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers:
- – Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- – PreferredOne
- – Health Partners
- – Medical Assistance
- – UCare
- – Cigna
- – Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.
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