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Autism begins in early childhood and persists throughout your lifetime, affecting your communication skills, making it hard to socialize, and often causing roadblocks to finding a job you love. At Just Psych, LLC, Sandra Risoldi, DNP, MSN Ed, APRN, PMHNP-BC, performs psychiatric evaluations and provides exceptional treatment for teens and adults with autism. If you need ongoing support, call the offices in Miami, Orlando and Clearwater, Florida, or book an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment online today.

Autism Q&A

What is autism?

Autism, also called autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that begins in childhood. Though some symptoms and abilities improve with treatment, the underlying disorder lasts throughout adulthood.

As a spectrum disorder, autism includes people with a vast range of abilities. Some children with autism don’t speak, while others speak fluently. The spectrum includes people with low and high IQs. It also encompasses those who need intensive 24/7 support, while others only need occasional assistance.

What core challenges define autism?

Though each person with autism has differing abilities, everyone on the spectrum has two core challenges:

Communication and socialization challenges

Everyone on the spectrum has a hard time communicating and socializing, but their challenges range from mild to severe. A few of the most common issues include not sharing others’ interests and being unable to have a back-and-forth conversation.

Repetitive and restrictive behaviors

Restrictive behaviors refer to having one specific interest to the exclusion of others. Repetitive means preferring to follow a predictable routine and wanting to repeat the same activity (revolving around their interest).

What are the signs of autism in teens and adults?

Though autism symptoms are noticeable in early childhood, some people aren’t diagnosed until adolescence or adulthood.

In teens and adults, common autism signs include:

  • Feeling awkward and uncomfortable in social situations
  • Monopolizing conversations with their interest
  • Struggling to make friends
  • Not making eye contact
  • Interpreting language literally
  • Repeating words and phrases
  • Not picking up on nonverbal cues like body language

Many people with autism are highly sensitive to smells, tastes, sounds, textures, and lights.

How is autism treated?

Your Just Psych, LLC, provider completes a psychological assessment, identifies your strengths and challenges, and recommends a treatment plan. 

There are many possible therapies for people with autism. The one that’s best for you depends on the emotional, behavioral, and functional goals you need to achieve.

Though there aren’t currently any medications for treating autism, your provider may prescribe some to help with symptoms like irritability and aggression. They may also prescribe medications to help with co-occurring disorders like depression.

Whether you or your teen need ongoing therapy and support for autism, or you wonder about your symptoms and need an assessment, you can depend on comprehensive care at Just Psych, LLC. To schedule an appointment, call the office or connect online today.