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Treatment & Support for Autism (ASD)


We all need guidance sometimes to focus on self-care and others. Karner Psychological Associates is here for you, with our team of doctoral-level psychologists, clinical social workers, therapists, licensed mental health counselors, and other professional clinicians. We see people of all ages, including children, teens, and families. Karner Psychological Associates is a long-established outpatient mental health practice, serving the Capital District New York and larger tri-state area, that aims to provide patients with the highest quality therapeutic experience across a broad range of specialties. We are better together.

Treatment & Support for Autism (ASD)

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Learn More About the Signs & Symptoms of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. It is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. ASD is known as a "spectrum" disorder because it can manifest differently in each individual.

While the exact cause of ASD is still unknown, research suggests that both genetic and environmental factors play a role. It is not caused by parenting styles or vaccines, as some misconceptions may suggest.

ASD affects approximately 1 in 36 children in the United States, with boys being four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. It can be diagnosed as early as two years old, but many individuals do not receive a diagnosis until later in life.

One important thing to note is that ASD is a lifelong condition. While symptoms may change and improve over time, it is not something that can be "cured." However, with early intervention and support, individuals with ASD can lead fulfilling lives.

Signs and symptoms of ASD can vary greatly, but some common indicators include:

- Difficulty with social interactions and communication, such as making eye contact or understanding social cues.
- Repetitive behaviors, such as hand-flapping or lining up toys in a specific order.
- Sensory sensitivities, such as being extremely sensitive to loud noises or certain textures.
- Restricted interests and activities, often with a strong focus on one particular topic or subject.

It is also important to note that individuals with ASD may have co-occurring conditions, such as ADHD, anxiety, or depression. These conditions can make it more challenging to diagnose and treat ASD, so it is crucial for individuals to receive comprehensive evaluations from trained professionals.

Treatment and support for ASD can include therapy, educational interventions, and medication to manage co-occurring conditions. It is essential for individuals with ASD to receive support from a team of professionals, including therapists, doctors, and educators.

It is also important for society to understand and accept individuals with ASD. People with ASD may face challenges in navigating the world around them, but they also have unique strengths and abilities. By promoting inclusion and understanding, we can create a more supportive environment for individuals with ASD to thrive.

Karner Psychological Associates is dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluations and treatment for individuals with ASD. If you have concerns about yourself or a loved one, please reach out to us for help and support. Remember, having ASD does not define a person – they are so much more than that. Let's work together towards creating a world where everyone can be accepted and appreciated for who they are.

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