Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term describing a developmental disorder which involves delays in language and communication skills, impaired social skills, restrictive behaviors, and repetitive behaviors. Parents may want to consider an autism spectrum evaluation if they have noticed any of the following symptoms:

  • lack of social interaction or interest in others (such as not smiling, or reaching arms out to be held at a young age)
  • lack of responsiveness when the child’s name is called
  • absence of pretend, or symbolic, play
  • limited use of eye contact or gestures
  • echoed or repetitive speech
  • inflexible adherence to routines
  • rigid thinking patterns
  • highly restricted interests
  • sensory sensitivities or sensory-seeking behaviors
  • any regression or loss of developmental skill

The symptoms individuals with autism spectrum disorder experience will fall on a continuum, with some exhibiting mild symptoms and others showing more severe symptoms. An autism spectrum evaluation can assist not only in diagnosis, but helping parents understand their child’s patterns of cognitive, social, and emotional, strengths and weaknesses. ASD evaluations can also help families become connected with resources, some of which may include speech therapy, occupational therapy, social skills training, and behavior therapy.