Autism Spectrum Disorders

The profile of autism has risen as the general public has become increasingly aware of the signs of autism.  While we still do not understand the causes of autism, speculation abounds.

Facing an autism diagnosis is daunting for most parents.  In fact, many parents delay evaluation with the hope that their child will outgrow the symptoms.  The fact is, if your child is showing signs of autism, early intervention gives your child a better chance at long-term success.

Indications like “he’s not looking at me” or “he doesn’t respond when I call his name” may or may not reflect autism.  Sometimes these symptoms mimic other problems such as slow maturation or speech delays.  A screening for children under age three or an evaluation helps clarify the differences between a diagnosis like autism and problems that can be remedied with short-term therapy. 

Our Approach

A diagnosis like autism is a serious matter.  As professionals, it is our job to be conservative in our diagnosis.  At the same time, early intervention even without a formal diagnosis is key for successful treatment. For example, if we find your child at risk for autism, we may delay a diagnosis for your child, but recommend treatment and/or close follow-up for the best results and minimum stress on the family. 

Our integrated care model is particularly beneficial to families who have a child with autism.  With access to nine types of specialists under the same roof, you don’t have to coordinate care–our specialists do it for you. 

Specialists Who Work With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Assistive Technology Specialists
Behavioral Specialists
Educational Specialists
Marriage and Family Therapists
Neuropsychologists
Occupational Therapists
Psychologists
Psychiatrists
Speech-Language Pathologists

To discuss your concerns further, call 650.688.3625 or email help@chconline.org.