Do you notice your child is socially awkward, unable to effectively communicate their thoughts and feelings, and has a psychical oddity? If so, it is best for you to have your child assessed for autism. Psychologists at The Family Psychology Place will know how to discover if your young one is exhibiting signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and be able to help from there.
How do our psychologists assess for ASD? Like with any sort of concern, we always start with a 1-hour conversation with you to discuss why you decided to come to see us at this particular point in time. A series of tests will be assigned based on your particular concerns and questions about your child. We may discover you have nothing to worry about and put your mind at ease or we may uncover a deeper issue during your visit. All our assessments vary depending on the age of the child and specific scenario. Our assessments need to be as unique as the individual with whom the appointment is about. Test results from the assessment will be the primary determining factor in establishing treatment options.
Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):
- Non-responsive to their name by 12 months old
- Provide unrelated answers to questions
- Repeatedly flap their hands, spin in circles, or rock their body
- Repeat words and phrases over and over
- Have difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
- Difficulty with social skills (e.g., fleeting eye contact, interrupting others frequently, ask inappropriate questions)
When children have autism, they develop at a slower rate than children of the same age. Adults dealing with autism have a difficult time dealing with the social and communicative parts of life that would normally be easy for other adults. We ensure all possible angles of treatment are explored to help you and your family learn to deal with ASD in the best possible way. With the help of our psychologists, autism no longer becomes a burden but a manageable part of your life.
Children that have difficulty with social skills may use fleeting eye contact, interrupt others frequently, ask inappropriate questions, and fail to ask for clarification if they are confused. Adults with social skill issues can have troubles keeping up a good work ethic and tend to have difficulty taking care of their own needs.
Why are social skills a vital part of life?
- To communicate effectively
- To understand how to display good manners and act appropriately in certain situations
- To express personal needs
By the end of your treatments with us, you will have developed non-verbal communication skills and conversation capabilities, and you will be able to be assertive when needed. These three areas of communication are crucial to a well-rounded life. Let us help you become the independent person you want to be and help you find your own way of connecting with others.