Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment in Northern VA

Autism is a spectral condition that affects neurodevelopment, causing difficulty with socializing and communication. Since it is measured on a spectrum, it can be very mild or very intense. It is a cover-all term used for things that were previously known as:

  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Autistic Disorder


Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Because Autism is a spectral disorder, it appears differently in every case. On a general level, people who have autism may have repetitive behavior, and may not be engaged with the outside world as much as someone who does not have autism. These are broad ways to define it, but since each case of autism varies so highly, it is hard to define concrete symptoms tied to autism spectrum disorder. Some ways that Autism is displayed is:

  • Does not like physical contact with people.
  • Prefers alone time to socializing time
  • Little-to-no eye contact.
  • May not seem to be attached to people.
  • Speech may be minimal, reserved for commands and exchanging information only, may seem robotic.
  • May not like change.
  • May be very habitual.
  • Overstimulated easily.

While Autism Spectrum Disorder is generally viewed as a learning disability, some people with Autism Spectrum Disorder will actually be able to learn much faster than people who do not have Autism Specturm Disorder. The symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder are so heavily variant, since autism is very different in every individual and requires an individualized approach.

What to do if I suspect my child has Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Center for Disease Control has an Autism Spectrum Disorder tool on their website. (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html) The signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder are often recognized during a child’s development:

  • Won’t respond to name
  • Doesn’t like to be held or cuddled
  • Regression of language skills
  • Seems to not develop like “other kids”

When it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder in children, it can be very hard to identify. If you fear your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, taking them to see a pediatric doctor may be a good first step.

An important thing to remember when facing a potential diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is that many people with a diagnosis live full, normal, healthy lives. With therapy and a healthy childhood, many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are totally capable of _____

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If you suspect your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder, or are seeking treatment for an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, contact our pediatric specialists at our Manassas or Haymarket offices.

COVID-19 Update : How We Keep YOU Safe

We have always been committed to ensuring your child’s health and well-being regardless of what the world throws at us as a “village” Exceptional circumstances require innovative processes to keep your family safe. It’s our commitment to you and our community. Here’s how we honor that commitment

****CURBSIDE CHECK IN****
Schedule your appt, tell us you want curbside check in. Let us do the navigation for you. Let us know you are here, proceed into the building to our suite and you will be met by a staff member upon arrival and immediately escorted to your personal exam room in our office bypassing the normal check in process. Our families love it!

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****Split Schedule****
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