ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder

The autism spectrum covers a vast area from very mild to very severe.  As a parent increasing your understanding and acceptance of your child’s diagnosis of Autism early on will really help you and your family more forward.

Autism is the name used for a specific set of behavioural and developmental problems and the challenges that go with them.

A diagnosis of ASD means that your child’s communication, social, and play skills are affected in some way.

Early intervention is key as it help those on the spectrum to learn what behaviors are acceptable and to become more effective in their communication.

For many children on the spectrum they have to learn things that come naturally to your typically developing child.  Such as language and social cues.

Some individuals with mild autism go undiagnosed for many years. However, they may feel that they never quite fit in, especially in social situations.  They may also experience more difficulties in relationships as their way of communication is different.

The good news is research, understand and interventions in autism are rapidly developing.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Sheelagh if you have any further questions or need some direction