Autism Signs & Symtoms
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are recognized by difficulties with communication, social-interactions, and a habit of repetitive behaviors. Symptoms for young children may include:
Difficulty responding to their name being called
Decreased eye contact
Less interest in other people that would be expected
Difficulty establishing relationships with peers
Difficulty playing interactive games with others
Delayed speech or speech that does not seem appropriate for a child’s age level
Diagnostic testing for an autism spectrum disorder and other types of psychiatric symptoms should be performed by a child psychologist with specific training in the assessment of these conditions. When assessing for an autism spectrum disorder, Dr. Sterling focuses on development and behavior within three domains of functioning: communication, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors.
Dr. Sterling provides individualized treatment, meaning that the specific components and targets of intervention depend on the specific child, teen or adult. Before beginning treatment, Dr. Sterling completes a thorough intake evaluation to ensure that the concerns of the parents and child are identified and prioritized.