Autism Disorder

Assessment and Treatment of Autism

Odds are good you have someone in your life on the autism spectrum. According the the most recent data from the CDC, 1 in 44 children can be diagnosed with autism. This is a dramatic rise from 2008, when 1 in 88 children were diagnosable as being on the autism spectrum. This increase may be due to several factors, including a better understanding of autism, better precision in screening and diagnosis, and a destigmatization.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurobiological disorder that can occur due to various factors. Although many clinicians and researchers accept a biological origin, other data suggest environmental factors during pregnancy or soon after birth may contribute to its development. 

As diverse as the origins, symptoms are also variable, and do not always appear to the same degree. These may include:

  • Persistent deficits in social communication and interaction (verbal and non-verbal) 
  • Difficulty emotionally reciprocating with others
  • Difficulty developing and maintaining relationships
  • Restricted repetitive patterns of behavior
  • Repetitive patterns of behavior, such as lining things up or echoing other’s speech
  • Insistence on sameness, such as routines, foods, etc. 
  • Highly restrictive interests, or being preoccupied with unusual objects


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People with this disorder may also experience learning disabilities, speech problems, or other behavioral problems. Children may exhibit self-injurious behaviors, such as headbanging. In addition, adolescents and adults with ASD are more prone to anxiety and depression than non-ASD individuals.

Treatment of ASD

Once a diagnosis of ASD is given, Dr Defilippo can work with you to determine how to treat specific problems. Often a behaviorist will work with a young child to help overcome maladaptive behaviors and help them learn better communication and social skills. Speech and/or occupational therapy may also be appropriate. Sometimes medication can help with various symptoms, such as irritability/aggression as well as symptoms of other disorders that may co-occur with autism.


How Can Vanguard Psychiatry Help?

Working with a trained psychiatric professional can help demystify the symptoms you are experiencing and help you find solutions. At Vanguard psychiatry we understand that mental health treatment is not a “one size fits all” approach, and each person’s experience is unique. Dr Defilippo will explore solutions that will provide relief and help you enjoy life again.


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