SERVICES

  • Residential Care Homes 

  • Services to Individuals in Crisis

  • In-Home Services

  • Supported Living Services

  • Care-Home Development and Design

  • Vocational and Adult Day Care Services

  • Transportation Services

  • Consulting and Outsourcing

  • Training and Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 

  • Aspergers Syndrome

  • Developmental Disabilities

  • Challenging behaviors

  • Behavioral Consultation & Education

What is Autism?

 

Autism spectrum disorders are a complex set of disorders brough on by a range of gene mutations. Each mutation or combination of mutations produce certain aspects or sypmtoms of the Autistic characteristics. The disorder is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive and obsessive behaviors and many others. It is a “spectrum disorder” and therefore it affects people differently and with varying degrees.

 

Autism appears to have roots to the early stages of brain development, but typically the obvious symptoms and signs are noticeable between 2 and 3 years of age.  In the May 2013 DSM-5 diagnostic manual (http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/dsm-5) publication, all the autism disorders were merged into one umbrella, the Autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

 

The cause(s) or trigger(s) for the genetic mutations that cause the Autism Spectrum Disorders have not been identified. However, research over the past five years has been able to identify more than 65 such mutations associated with the disease. Most experts believe that autism appears to be a combination of negative environmental factors along with hereditary or genetic disposition which trigger the gene mutations.

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Some of the symptoms/signs associated

with Autism may include:

  • Difficulty making eye contact 

  • Difficulty focusing on activities or conversations

  • Poor socialization and relationship building skills

  • Delays or difficulty with language acquisition

  • Lack of language

  • Intense/Narrow interests

  • Sensory sensitivity (light, sound, touch)

  • Poor motor skills

  • Repetitive behaviors

  • Lack of make-believe play

  • Seizures

  • Sleep disorder

  • PICA

 

   *A person with autism may show one or more        of the signs with varying degrees of severity.

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