Your child is the most important person in your life, and you want the best outcomes for their future. You may notice, however, that while your child is able to focus on a task and is highly intelligent, they may have difficulties holding a proper conversation or understanding social cues.
There is a chance that your child may have a mild form of autism (level 1). But, what exactly does that mean?
What Is Autism-Level 1?
Autism is generally defined as a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated one in fifty-four children in the U.S. today.
Additionally, there are several types of autism. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) combines all autism-related conditions under one umbrella term, known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Today, ASD is divided into three levels that reflect severity:
- Level 3 – This is the most severe level of ASD. People at this level require the most support, including full-time aides or intensive therapy in some cases.
- Level 2 – Children at this level require less support than children at Level 3. However, they may require such services as speech therapy or social skills training.
- Level 1 – Level 1 is the mildest level of ASD. Generally, children at this level have mild symptoms that don’t significantly impact school experience or relationships with others. This is what most people previously referred to when they used the terms “Asperger’s syndrome” or “high-functioning autism”.
Autism (Level 1) Symptoms
Autism symptoms differ for each child. However, generally speaking, there are common symptoms for children with Autism-Level 1. Some of these symptoms may be viewed as strengths, while other symptoms can be considered challenges.
Strengths can include:
- Remarkable focus and persistence
- Aptitude for recognizing patterns
- Attention to detail
Challenges can include:
- Hypersensitivities to lights, sounds, or other stimuli
- Difficulty maintaining a typical conversation
- Difficulty with nonverbal conversation skills, such as distance, loudness, or tone during conversations
- Uncoordinated movements or clumsiness
If you believe that your child may be demonstrating Autism-Level 1 symptoms, Ascend Autism is ready to answer your questions about how to best support your child.
About Ascend Autism
Ascend Autism is a valuable resource for children with high-functioning autism and their families. Over a decade ago, Ascend Autism was founded by a highly qualified team of healthcare operators and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Ascend Autism provides interventions using evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children with high-functioning autism symptoms. EBPs are therapies and treatments that have gone through rigorous research and review and have been found to be effective for treating children with high-functioning autism. Children with high-functioning autism symptoms who have participated in EBPs have shown positive results and better outcomes.
Along with our treatment programs, we provide a safe environment for children with high-functioning autism so that they feel secure and relaxed. When children with high-functioning autism are comfortable in their setting, they are free to achieve their treatment goals.
Treatment at Ascend Autism
At Ascend Autism, we offer autism spectrum treatment programs for our students, including:
Find Out How Ascend Autism Can Help Your Child with High-Functioning Autism
Our Ascend Autism team is ready to help children with high-functioning autism. We have treatment programs that are based on methods that are scientifically proven to be effective. Learn more about Ascend Autism and our track record of success for children with high-functioning autism. Contact us today by calling 877.323.8668 or completing our secure online form for more information.