Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders include autism, Aspergers Disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), and pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). All of these disorders share some of the same symptoms, such as developmental language delays, although they can vary quite a bit otherwise. Studies have been done that show autism spectrum disorders are linked to brain development, more specifically, a combination of brain reductions and brain enlargements in different areas.

Some of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders are:

  • Slow, or lack of, language development
  • Cognitive delays
  • Repetitive motions or behaviours
  • Issues with social development

Early intervention is very important in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This is why a full assessment must be done before the appropriate therapies can be decided upon. Behavioural therapy is one such option, but there may be others that are effective as well. Insight Psychological has trained therapists who can help. Please call one of our six Alberta locations today.