If you are not on the autism spectrum, odds are high that you know someone who is. Symptoms can range in severity, but usually include at least a few of the following:
All of the symptoms listed above can lead to frequent and intense overwhelming meltdowns. And because symptoms can vary in severity and type, autism is not always easy to pinpoint. But as our understanding of the condition expands, so does the terminology.
For example, Autism and Asperger’s syndrome were once considered separate diagnoses. Now, each person on the spectrum receives the same diagnosis: ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Spectrum allows for mild to moderate to severe symptoms.
At NPS, we offer screenings for a number of mental health illnesses and disorders. If you believe that you, your child, or a loved one has ASD but has not received a diagnosis, take a look at our helpful checklist.
The symptoms of autism range from mild to dramatic, making it impossible to diagnose without the help of a qualified medical professional. In our clinic, we don’t put labels on our clients. Instead, we use mental health diagnoses to better understand the unique needs of each person we work with. Reach out today if you have questions about the checklist or would like to learn more about ASD, its treatments, and how to receive an accurate diagnosis.
We know that raising a child with ASD is not a trial to overcome. Instead, it’s an opportunity to love, support, and understand your differently-abled loved one through life’s challenges.
That said, parents of children with ASD must make adjustments to the way they do things—which can, of course, be difficult. You may need support throughout the journey, and that’s okay. Our counselors are trained and experienced in this area and can help you make realistic and effective changes.
We can also help you in supporting a child with ASD. After all, every parent wants their child to reach their full potential. Raising a child on the autism spectrum is no different. Your loved one may be experiencing one of the classic ASD symptoms, like cognitive impairment, communication deficits, or anxiety. In that case, professional counseling will provide him or her with the tools needed to thrive.
Autism is not a condition your child will “grow out of.” However, he or she can learn new skills and set aside harmful coping mechanisms with professional support.
Because our understanding of ASD has grown over the years, there are many people with the disorder who do not receive a diagnosis until later in life. Whether you have always known about your ASD or have only recently been made aware of it, support from a qualified mental health professional is vital to your success.
There are many types of counseling that can help you make sense of the world. Applied behavioral analysis, sensory integration therapy, and even physical therapy can be life-changing for an adult with ASD.
Trust that when you work with a counselor at NPS, you will be met with compassion and care at every meeting. We know that a diagnosis is only the beginning and that it can be difficult to get the help you need. That’s why we work to coordinate our services with those of the other clinics, providers, and hospitals you visit. With our team on your side, you can finally feel that you are not alone in this journey.
Watching a loved one struggle is never easy, which is why ASD—although beautiful in its own way—can take a toll on a family. At NPS, we believe that every member of the household is worthy and deserving of support, and we offer a range of services to ensure each person’s needs are met. Turn to our office for:
Odds are, your family was already dealing with a full plate. Don’t let an ASD diagnosis add to the weight you are shouldering. With the help of NPS, you can find healthy and helpful ways of coping with the symptoms of ASD or the stress of supporting a loved one with this disorder.
There’s no better time to take control of your mental, social, and emotional health. Allow our team to help you get there. Simply call to schedule a 15-minute no-charge, no-obligation, meet and greet with a member of our team. We can discuss any sensory integration issues or transition struggles you may be having at this time.