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What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Asperger Syndrome, sometimes referred to as Asperger’s, is no longer diagnosed. The DSM-5 removed the Asperger Syndrome diagnosis and folded it into autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is also sometimes referred to as Level 1 autism spectrum disorder. When it was still diagnosed, Asperger’s was characterized as a “high-functioning” disorder, with minimal impact on a… Continue reading What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Applied Behavioral Analysis for Autism

As more children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and additional research is being done to understand and evaluate therapy options, applied behavioral analysis (ABA) has emerged as one of the most valuable therapies for children. Let’s dive into what ABA for autism is, what it does, and how it can benefit your child… Continue reading Applied Behavioral Analysis for Autism

Understanding Autism Level 1

If your child exhibits a high level of focus and intelligence but struggles with conversation and social cues, they might have Autism Level 1, a mild form of autism. This condition is part of a spectrum known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), encompassing various challenges in social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. The… Continue reading Understanding Autism Level 1

Autism Diet and Nutrition Tips

Parents and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, can face significant challenges during mealtime. It’s not uncommon to have tantrums, ritualistic eating behavior, or food selectivity and sensitivity. All of which makes providing proper nutrition difficult.  Ascend Autism works with families to address the underlying behavioral root causes of these… Continue reading Autism Diet and Nutrition Tips

Diagnosing Autism

Autism or, more correctly, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that currently has no medical test to make a diagnosis. As such, diagnosing autism has always been a challenge. For many, a diagnosis came late in life or not at all. There have been some individuals who have been misdiagnosed yet still have a… Continue reading Diagnosing Autism

How to Find Autism Treatment

How to Find Autism Treatment The incidence rate of autism in the United States continues to rise. With a deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and better methods for diagnosing it, more children than ever require treatment for this challenging and sometimes debilitating disorder.  Thankfully, treatment is much more readily available than ever before,… Continue reading How to Find Autism Treatment

Early Childhood Development Milestones

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is becoming a more widely recognized diagnosis in the US. According to the CDC, 1 in every 59 American children is on the autism spectrum, a rise of 15 percent over two years. Improvements in defining and diagnosing the disorder are at least partially responsible for this increase. Regardless of the… Continue reading Early Childhood Development Milestones

What is Nonverbal Autism?

Nonverbal autism means your child may not talk at all or may talk very little. A child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that has not begun to verbalize by the age of four is considered to have nonverbal autism. About 25% to 50% of children are impacted by nonverbal autism. “Nonverbal autism means your… Continue reading What is Nonverbal Autism?

What is “High Functioning” Autism?

No one likes being labeled. Since autism is a spectrum disorder, the characteristics can range in severity. Many people dislike the term “high functioning” autism. They feel it unfairly characterizes individuals into a set of symptoms. Everyone on the spectrum is an individual.  Many feel that those with the label of “high-functioning” won’t receive coverage… Continue reading What is “High Functioning” Autism?

How to Diagnose Autism

If you’re a parent or guardian of a child, you always strive to do what’s best for them. You need to understand how to best support them as they grow up. A medical test can diagnose some disorders and help direct parents in treatment.  However, when you ask how to diagnose autism, you’re not given… Continue reading How to Diagnose Autism