About Autism

What Exactly is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder associated with persistent deficits in reciprocal social communication and social interaction as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. While these deficits vary in severity with each individual, hence the term spectrum, symptoms are present from very early childhood. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to the following:

Reciprocal Social Communication and Social Interaction

Avoidance of eye contact

No clear smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months or thereafter

No back-and-forth sharing of sounds or other facial expressions by 9 months

No response to name by 12 months of age

No gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months

No spontaneous play of “pretend” games (e.g., pretend feed a doll) by 18 months

Lack of initiation or continuation of play with peers

No interest in group activities and prefers to be alone

Exhibits delayed speech and language skills or remains non-verbal

Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)

Any loss of any previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills

Has difficulty talking about feelings of their own or other people’s feelings

Restricted, Repetitive Patterns of Behavior, Interests or Activities

Repetitive motor or verbal behaviors

Demonstrates hand-flapping, body rocking, or spinning in circles

Repetitive finger movements

Restricted or repetitive type of play

Gets upset by minor changes in routine or surroundings

Has obsessive interests

If your child exhibits any of the above more often than not, please don’t delay in asking us about an ASD evaluation or please meet with your child’s pediatrician immediately to determine if an ASD evaluation would be recommended. To enquire about an ASD evaluation through MMP, please contact Brook at (248)-702-4907 or connectwithbrook@gmail.com to find out more.