Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorders (“ASD”) – is a developmental disorder characterized by challenges with sensory processing, social skills, verbal and nonverbal communication and behavior. Each individual with Autism is different. Since Autism is a spectrum disorder, it can cause mild to severe problems. Children or adults with Autism will have some degree of difficulty with their gross and fine motor skills as well as performing activities of daily living. Some children may also have sensory processing difficulties which impact on their behavior, relationships and activities of daily living. Transitioning between tasks, routines can also be challenging.
The timing and severity of Autism’s early signs vary. In certain cases, infants may demonstrate some signs of Autism, however symptoms become more prevalent and obvious when a child is 2 – 3 years. When concerned about whether a child has Autism, it is important to observe their communication, social skills, behavior, fine and gross motor skills and if the child has any food aversions. Signs and symptoms of Autism include, but are not limited to:
At Q Enrichment Center, our Occupational Therapist will conduct an extensive, comprehensive assessment to determine the challenges and difficulties faced by the child and family. A detailed report will be completed, along with a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs.
Intervention can focus on: