Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition characterized by challenges in social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors. Early signs of ASD often include delayed speech development, difficulties with social interactions, repetitive behaviors, and sensory sensitivities. Current diagnosis rates indicate that approximately 1 in 36 children in the United States are identified with ASD, highlighting the importance of early detection and intervention. As a spectrum disorder, the symptoms and their severity can vary widely among individuals, leading to diverse needs and intervention strategies. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial for improving outcomes for individuals with ASD. At our practice, we prioritize early diagnosis and intervention, offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for ASD, starting as early as 18 months of age. Dr. Litten is clinically trained in administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), which is recognized as the gold standard assessment for ASD. Through the use of the ADOS-2, along with additional clinical tools, assessments, and caregiver interviews, we aim to accurately diagnose ASD and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the unique needs of each client. Our approach is designed to provide a comprehensive and continuous circle of care, beginning with the diagnostic process and extending to evidence-based interventions for clients and their families. By offering a seamless continuum of support, we ensure that our clients receive ongoing, personalized care that addresses their evolving needs, while also providing valuable support and resources for their families.

Our interventions encompass evidence-based interventions such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and are tailored to address the specific needs. ABA therapy utilizes scientifically validated techniques rooted in learning principles to target behaviors such as social skills, communication, and learning abilities. By focusing on skill acquisition and behavior modification, ABA therapy has proven to be effective in enabling individuals with ASD to develop new skills and reduce challenging behaviors; thus, ultimately enhancing their overall quality of life. Parent training in ABA is an integral part in a client’s treatment, as it equips parents with the knowledge and tools to implement behavior intervention strategies at home, and plays a pivotal role in the client’s development. Additionally, our office provides social skills training to address the social deficits. These interventions are designed to foster improved social interactions, enhanced communication, and adaptive behaviors, with the overarching goal of promoting the overall well-being and quality of life.

Interventions may also encompass enhancing adaptive skills such as toileting, daily living skills, and feeding, as well as skill acquisition targeting expressive and receptive language skills, visual-spatial skills, and other skill areas. Additionally, interventions may prioritize reducing maladaptive behaviors and teaching new replacement behaviors through the implementation of behavioral intervention plans that can be utilized in office, home, and school settings. By identifying ASD at an early age, we can initiate interventions that support the developmental needs of the individual and provide valuable support to their families. Not only do we focus on clinical growth, but we also emphasize the generalization of skills into community settings. School consultation services are available and provide a valuable service to clients to bridge the gap between office, home, and school; thus promoting continued growth and success in the educational settings. Our practice collaborates with educators and school staff to ensure that the interventions and support provided in the office and home settings are effectively integrated into the school environment, fostering a holistic approach to the individual’s development.

Our commitment extends beyond diagnosis and intervention; we also prioritize ongoing support and advocacy for clients with ASD and their families. We understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, as we often collaborate with speech therapists, occupational therapists, and other professionals to ensure comprehensive care. By fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, we aim to promote the holistic well-being of our clients, empowering them to thrive in their communities.


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