Around one in every 44 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At Pediatric POST in Crystal Lake, Illinois, the team helps children navigate the challenges of autism through evidence-based techniques, such as floortime play therapy. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to find an experienced therapist who provides comprehensive care for autism.
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects how a child communicates, behaves, and interacts with others. As a spectrum disorder, autism symptoms can vary widely. Some children have mild symptoms and can maintain their independence, while others require lifelong support. A thorough evaluation and care plan is essential to support children with autism as they age.
At Pediatric POST, the mental health team takes a multimodality approach to autism treatment that incorporates DIRFloortime® play therapy for social, emotional, and behavioral growth.
Early signs of autism may develop around age one, but most children exhibit symptoms around ages two, three, or by the time they start school. While symptoms vary, many children with autism show signs such as:
While some children with autism experience delayed language development, others never verbally communicate. That’s why the team develops individualized care plans for children with autism.
There is no single cause of autism, but certain factors can increase a child’s risk of developing the disorder. These risk factors include:
Exposure to certain chemicals, toxins, and environmental substances can also increase a child’s risk of autism.
While no lab test can diagnose autism, the Pediatric POST team can perform multiple screenings to evaluate signs of the condition. Common screenings for autism include:
Having speech, occupational, and physical therapists on-site allows the team to provide autism screenings and treatments under one roof.
Pediatric POST practices a play-based approach to care that encourages children to take an active role in their care. The team creates an interactive environment that may combine traditional forms of therapy, like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), with DIRFloortime play therapy, group therapy, and other forms of engaging care.
Call Pediatric POST today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about autism.