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Autism Spectrum

 

AUTISM SPECTRUM

Social interactions and communication are the key areas of difficulty for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In addition, people with autism have restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. They may repeat words, gestures or become really focused on one specific thing.

Although Autism Spectrum Disorder is a diagnosis in the manual that psychiatrists and counselors use, it is considered a developmental disorder and is not treated in the same way as other mental health diagnoses by most insurance providers. This can create confusion for families who are seeking to understand if their child has autism.

AUTISM SOCIETY OF INDIANA

The Autism Society of Indiana can link families with a local Autism Ally who can help connect them to information, resources, and referrals related to autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is often misunderstood. What is it, and what causes it?

YouTube Channel: Life Noggin

Life Noggin is an animated educational series.

ASI Top 5 Lists – When Your Child is First Diagnosed

YouTube Channel: Autism Society of Indiana

An Autism Ally talks about the first steps for parents to take after their child gets an autism diagnosis.

Further Reading

This Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) handout takes a deeper look at attachment and what caregivers can do.

Although it is not common, sometimes disrupted attachment can lead to serious difficulties for children’s way of relating to others. In these cases, it is important to seek help to determine if an attachment disorder is present.

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has a Facts for Families page about attachment disorders.

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