Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about Autism Spectrum Disorder?
View answers to some of the most common asked questions among parents.
What is autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder (brain-based). ASD results in deficits in social communication and interactions as well as the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviors, interests or activities.
What are the symptoms of ASD?
The spectrum of challenges and symptoms of ASD range from mild to severe. Common signs of ASD are:
- Avoidance of eye contact
- Delayed language development
- Restricted interests
- Resistance to minor changes in routines
- Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
- Persistent preference for solitude
For more information, visit www.autismspeaks.org/signs-autism.
How is ASD diagnosed?
First a screening is completed. The most widely accepted screening tool is the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R). The results from the MCHAT-R will indicate if further evaluation is needed.
The MCHAT-R free screening test may be accessed here.
If the screening tool identifies an area of concern, a formal developmental evaluation may be needed. This is typically done by a trained specialist such as a developmental pediatrician, child psychologist or other specialist. Most often an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is conducted as well as other formal developmental evaluation methods.
Blossom offers autism screening and diagnostic assessments – scheduling immediately!
What is a typical day like at Blossom?
As a treatment approach, our foundation is in play. While the general structure of days is relatively consistent (pick-up/drop-off time, therapist switches, lunch, etc.), what activities make up a day change all the time because we follow each child’s current motivation to achieve accelerated results!
For example, one day we may have a client who is really motivated to do an obstacle course while in another moment that same client wants to play an imaginary monster game.
Motivation changes minute to minute so our days tend to look different every single day. What can be expected in a day at Blossom is FUN, lots of FUN!!!