Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that manifests differently depending on the person. Those with ASD often struggle with social communication and interaction and have different ways of learning and moving.
At Camino, our autism spectrum therapists in Albuquerque work with your children through our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapies. Our compassionate and trauma-informed approach will help your child grow developmentally while teaching them how to communicate more effectively.
Here are some common behaviors exhibited by children with autism and how our autism spectrum therapists can help.
How do I know if my child has autism?
Every child is different as to when they begin showing signs of ASD. Some begin showing signs within the first few months, while others may develop normally for months to years before showing symptoms.
The autism spectrum is vast, with some showing minimal symptoms and others showing more apparent symptoms. The most noticeable signs include differences in communication, social skills, and behaviors compared to those not on the spectrum.
Many children with ASD have challenges communicating. Around 40% don’t talk, and about 25-30% lose communication skills as they age.
Here are some communication challenges children with ASD may have:
- Delayed language skills
- Trouble expressing needs and emotions
- Inability to understand body language, tone of voice, and expressions
- Speaking in a flat or robotic-like voice
- Repeating the same phrases over and over
- Unable to stay on a topic when speaking or answering questions
These are just some of the communication challenges seen in children with autism. It’s crucial to always get a diagnosis from a medical professional to identify your child’s condition.
Children with ASD have social interaction issues, which seem to be the most common symptoms.
Children may not want to be comforted when upset. They might prefer to be alone and may avoid physical contact like hugging. They may also avoid eye contact and might not want to play or interact with others.
Restrictive and Repetitive Behaviors
For those with ASD, their behaviors may not resemble what others would classify as typical.
Sometimes, children’s behaviors are repetitive, or they may establish routines that they become upset about if these routines are changed. They may become fixated on activities or objects or act aggressively toward others or themselves.
Some children might lack coordination or act impulsively.
How Our Autism Spectrum Therapists in Albuquerque Can Help
At Camino, we aim to give children with ASD the skills and tools they’ll need to transition into grade school and for the rest of their lives.
Our early intervention programs give your child a team of trained and certified specialists that create personalized treatment plans focused on improving these areas of development:
- Communication skills: verbally, nonverbally, and through technology
- Social skills
- Physical coordination
- Fine motor skills
- Cognitive skills
Contact us today to see how our autism spectrum therapists in Albuquerque can help your child develop the skills needed to become successful!