Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the brain’s development affecting language, communication, cognition, and social skills.
Autism exists on a spectrum, from a very mild condition of social awkwardness called Asperger’s Syndrome, to the severe form (Autism) in which language does not develop in childhood (but may develop later) with marked impairment in social relatedness. Some persons with Autism relate to others as objects rather than persons, and do not understand how to engage in normal social interaction.
Autism is more common than previously thought and affects boys more frequently than girls.
An evaluation is the first step toward finding out if you or your child or loved one has autism spectrum illness. Call the Center for Cognitive Assessment today to learn more about autism testing.
Persons with autism spectrum illness exhibit social interaction difficulties, problems in verbal and nonverbal communication, as infants may not want to be touched or held, repeats certain words or phrases or physical movements, and may require their environment be the same—that is, they may not tolerate certain changes in diet or environment.
Autism Spectrum Illness can be difficult to diagnose, and it can be confused with other neuropsychological conditions, such as Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD). However, an accurate autism diagnosis is critical so that important therapeutic services may be instituted.
We specialize in the evaluation of autism spectrum illness, and can assist in devising a comprehensive treatment plan and recommendations for the person with autism spectrum illness or related disorders. We have a large cohort of specialists with whom we work and after a diagnosis is made, can refer you to them for the best care for a person with autism spectrum illness.