Autism Spectrum Disorders

(ASD)
Introduction

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopment condition that can lead to significant social, communicative, and behavioral difficulties. Although there is frequently nothing about persons with ASD that distinguishes them from others in terms of appearance, they may communicate, engage, conduct, and learn in unique ways. 

People with ASD have various cognitive, reasoning, and problem-solving abilities, ranging from gifted to severely impaired. Some persons with ASD require a great deal of assistance in their everyday life, while others require less.

Signs and Symptoms

Children or adults with ASD might:

  • not exhibit interest in items by pointing at them (for example, not point at an airplane flying over)
  • not glance at things when someone points them out 
  • have difficulty relating to others or have no interest in them at all 
  • avoid eye contact and prefer to be alone
  • having difficulty comprehending other people's sentiments or discussing their own experiences
  • choose not to be held or hugged, or may only cuddle when they wish to 
  • look unresponsive when others speak to them, yet they respond to other sounds.
  • be fascinated by others yet unable to communicate with, play with, or interact with them
  • have difficulty adjusting to changes in routine 
  • have unexpected reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel, or sound 
  • lose abilities they formerly possessed (for example, stop saying words they were using)
  • Diagnosis

    While autism is thought to be a disease of very early brain development, behavioral symptoms of autism often appear between the ages of 1 and 1/2 years old and 3 years old.

    Because there is no specific medical test for ASD, such as a blood test, diagnosing the abnormalities can be challenging. To make a diagnosis, doctors examine the child's behavior and growth.

    How Can 7DMC Help?

    There is no cure for ASD currently. Early intervention therapy services by 7DMC, on the other hand, have been shown to boost a child's development. 

    Our state-of-the-art multispecialty clinic offers these services through an early intervention system. You can request an assessment using this system. Furthermore, treatment for specific symptoms, like speech therapy for language difficulties, may not often need an ASD diagnosis.

    ASD is frequently a lifelong disorder. Behavioral treatments or therapies that teach new abilities to address the underlying deficiencies of autism and lessen the core symptoms assist both children and adults with autism.  Every autistic kid and adult is unique. As a result, the treatment plan is tailored to the patient's special requirements. It is preferable to begin treatments as soon as possible so that the advantages of therapy might last throughout one's life.

    Many persons with ASD also have other medical concerns, such as gastrointestinal and eating problems, seizures, and sleep problems. Our doctors in treatment may prescribe ocupational therapy, medicine, or a combination of the two