Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex neurodevelopmental condition characterized by difficulties with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. This condition affects 1 in 68 children, with boys more commonly affected than girls. More than 3 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with autism. Symptoms typically become prevalent between 2 and 3 years of age, and there is a substantial body of research that supports the effectiveness of early intervention services.
If you are concerned that your child may have autism, or if another doctor has recommended an evaluation, it is important to obtain an assessment from a provider with experience diagnosing autism and guiding treatment plans. An evaluation includes assessment of cognitive abilities, language, social/emotional factors, and play skills to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Young also has experience providing social skills training and conducting social skills groups.