Autism In Waldorf, MD
Autism In Waldorf, MD
People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have profound difficulties with communication, social interaction, and behavior that can be significantly disabling. One Alkaline Life, LLC’s team of mental health professionals offers expert support and therapy to people with autism that help them lead happier, more fulfilled lives. To find out how you or your adolescent child could benefit from autism therapy, call the One Alkaline Life, LLC office in Waldorf, Maryland, or schedule a telehealth appointment using the online booking tool today.
Autism affects how people behave, communicate, socialize, and interact. It’s a developmental condition that’s part of your child’s makeup, evolving as they grow up and lasting their entire lives.
People with autism experience a broad range of symptoms. Some children have such severe autism they’re unable to communicate, while others with high-functioning disorders like Asperger’s syndrome can achieve great success in their chosen field.
For this reason, experts refer to the condition as autism spectrum disorder.
Behaviors that could indicate autism in a child or adult include:
- Avoiding eye contact
- Not responding to their name
- Difficulty forming relationships
- Having no interest in others
- Not looking where someone’s pointing
- Not pointing to indicate interest
- Disliking physical contact
- Repeating words or phrases they hear
- Problems with any change in routine
- Inappropriate or mismatched facial expressions and gestures
- A singsong or robotic speaking voice
- Obsessive interests
- Limited likes (for example, always wanting the same foods)
Autism symptoms typically develop before age two, becoming increasingly apparent as a child ages. However, it’s not unusual for those with high-functioning autism to reach adulthood before receiving a diagnosis.
The autism experts at One Alkaline Life, LLC can help adolescents and adults with autism in several ways. They help you develop coping skills to avoid the frustrations and difficulties autism can cause. Therapists don’t seek to change your identity or cure your condition, which is an integral part of your unique personality.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a widely used treatment for adults and children with autism. It involves encouraging certain behaviors using a carefully constructed rewards system. For example, discrete trial training encourages positive actions and responses while ignoring mistakes.
Your One Alkaline Life, LLC therapist could also use techniques like pivotal response training. This form of ABA teaches you better communication and other valuable skills for daily life. Verbal behavior intervention ABA helps you understand how and why people use language.
People with high-functioning autism can also benefit from techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy. Your therapist discusses your thoughts and shows you how you can either alter those with flaws or appreciate different views from your own.
To learn more about the support One Alkaline Life, LLC’s team of mental health professionals offers for adolescents and adults with autism, call the office or book a telemedicine appointment online today.