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Autism Spectrum Therapy for Children

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are on the rise in U.S., impacting about 1 in 150 children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Autism spectrum disorders affect the development of social interaction and communication skills, and usually become evident during a child’s first three years.

While we don’t yet understand the reasons behind the rise in ASDs, new research shows possible signs of autism can be seen in babies as young as 4 months old. The earlier an ASD is diagnosed, the earlier necessary interventions can begin. Early autism spectrum therapy has repeatedly been shown to improve a child’s chances of success in school and in everyday life.

Committed to Early Treatment

PSLLC is committed to helping children with autism spectrum disorders improve their ability to interact, play, and communicate with others. We tailor our treatment methods to supplement school and preschool programs as well as other therapies, such as sensory integration, and occupational and behavioral therapies. Most importantly, we work together with a child’s family members, teachers, and other professionals to ensure that newly learned skills are carried over into school and the home.

Warning Signs of Autism:

Failure to develop normal socialization skills

  • Avoids eye contact
  • Shows interest in objects rather than people
  • Lacks attachment or emotional bonds
  • Lacks desire to be held or touched
  • Prefers to be alone

Difficulty with communication

  • Repeats what he or she hears (known as echolalia)
  • Learns language through memorization (i.e. repeats verbatim dialogue from movies, TV shows, advertisements, etc.)
  • Is non-verbal (40 percent of children with ASDs do not speak at all)
  • Speaks with unusual pitch or intonation
  • Uses phrases or sentences repeatedly out of their typical context
  • Has trouble using lips, tongue, jaw, and palate to form words (known as Childhood Apraxia of Speech.)

Rigidity/Inflexibility

  • Desires sameness and routines
  • Lacks creative and imaginative play
  • Wants to hold objects daily
  • Has extreme reactions to change

Abnormal responses to his or her environment

  • Overreacts to loud noises
  • Has acute awareness of background noises that most children are able to ignore

If you have concerns about your child’s development, you should share them as soon as possible with your pediatrician. Your doctor may recommend that you seek the advice of a certified speech-language pathologist, such as the professionals at Princeton Speech-Language & Learning Center.

For further information about our autism therapy treatment program, contact us online or call us at (609) 924-7080.

We are clinically trained to administer the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R), the gold standard assessment tools used in the diagnosis of autism, as well as other assessment tools such as the Affect-Based Language Curriculum (ABLC), and the Dynamic Social assessment model. In addition, we are able to provide a Functional Behavioral Assessment.

PSLLC staff has specialized training or certification in the following treatments for children on the Autism Spectrum.

 

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