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Co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a spectrum complex disorders characterized (in varying degrees) by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. ASD is a pervasive developmental disorder that delays the development of basic skills, including the ability to socialize, communicate and develop independent living skills. The exact cause of ASD isn’t known, but research suggests genetics and environment play important roles. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls, however, there’s currently a debate regarding the under diagnosis of girls on the spectrum due to their higher rate of rule compliance.

co-occurring autism spectrum disorder

Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), there are two types of main behaviors: “restricted/repetitive behaviors” and “social communication/interaction behaviors.”

Restrictive/repetitive actions may include:

Social communication/interaction behaviors may include:

How We Treat Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Early treatment and proper care can improve a person’s symptoms and ability to function and reduce difficulties as they learn new skills. The wide range of issues facing those “on the spectrum” means that there’s no single best treatment for ASD. Working closely with a doctor or healthcare professional is an important part of finding the right treatment program. Pasadena Villa has experienced therapists and counseling staff that leverage cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and experiential therapy while utilizing our Social Integration ModelTM, which offers relevant, real-time life strategies working towards independence.

To learn more about our treatment program for co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (ASD), check out our Locations Page to find the location closest to you.