Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of complex neuro developmental disorders. Deficits in communication and social interactions, unusual behavior and interests while impacting the nervous system and effecting overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being is mainly due to ASD.
The signs and symptoms of autism are typically noticed in the first three years of life. Autism affects the way a child relates to higher environment and their interaction with the other people. Subsequently, this grossly impacts developments in the areas of fails functioning and social interaction. Mental capacities may be compromised due to typical subnormal functioning of some areas of the brain. Therefore children with autism have special needs that must be addressed differently.
Signs and symptoms of autism include discomfort in social situations, difficulty in communicating needs, lack of speech with behavioral issues such as flopping their hand etc. these signs of autism arising due to a sensory processing difficulty. This may affect their activities of daily living due to which they need assistance or special services.
Autism is usually diagnosed in early childhood and despite extensive studies. The exact cause of autism remains unknown. However with increased awareness, rapidly evolving technology and ever growing research, it’s now understand that an intricate interplay of genetics and environment factors may be responsible for the onset of autism. Research has established that early diagnosis and intervention along with access to appropriate support lead to significantly improved outcomes. When autism is detected early, disruptive behaviors can be minimized and the quality of life of the individual can be bettered and molded significantly.
Diagnosis of Autism is done by a multi disciplinary team of professionals. The professionals involved in diagnosing Autism are mainly Psychiatrist, Pediatric Neurologists, Development Pediatrician, Child Psychologists, Occupational Therapist, and Speech & Language Therapist. They look into different aspects of child’s development and therefore can provide a more accurate diagnosis.
In order to help children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays and behavioral impairments. We work through various therapeutic interventions to achieve cognitive skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory integration, balance and co ordination, speech and language skills, self-care activities and social skills. With individualized programs depending on their specific need and requirement our team of expert therapists works with children through one to one session and group sessions to overcome complex developmental disorders and functional challenges.
Depending on the type and extend of the problems that has been diagnosed; an individualized program will be divided by our expert panel of therapists for by intervention by our various therapeutic departments.
Autism therapy at small wonders is usually a combination of 3 or more therapies along with sensory integration. This individualized play is designed to help children with autism spectrum disorders to overcome challenges. Our autism therapy uses the right combination of speech and language therapy, behavioral therapy (PBS & ABA therapy) and occupational therapy based on the need of each child. Sensory integration therapy helps the children to manage their sensory challenges. Behavior therapy helps them with skills like improving eye contact, following instructions, taking turns etc. Speech and language therapy helps them to communicate. Occupational therapy helps them to understand and manage their daily task. Early intervention can improve the child’s abilities and reduce symptoms. With early intervention autism therapy at small wonders children can reach their full potential.
Every child with autism is different from another autistic child in every aspect. The challenges and their severity is predominantly different from each other. Child with autism in the aspects of behavior, communication or social interaction. Our highly qualified and experienced team of therapists takes all these into consideration while setting objectives for every stage of individual achievement for each child. We work along with parents and care givers for the early detection and intervention there by helping children to join the main stream in the shortest possible time span.