29 Apr Handling Autism Assessment and Therapy Correctly
Autism is at the forefront of development orders these days, and many would argue that the diagnosis and treatment aspect has never been better. While improvements are apparent in the industry in some ways, there is still a long way to go. Many are trying to figure out exactly what constitutes proper autism assessment, and eventually, therapy. To get that right, it takes persistence, knowledge, and focus.
At Viewpoint Center, the focus has always been on getting things correctly set up from the very beginning, allowing for a smoother process the entire time a teenager is on campus. Whether it be a focus on social skills or basic communication, the fight is ongoing to get the best diagnosis and therapy possible for all.
Where Could Autism Research Be Better?
We believe that across-the-board, autism research could see improvement to help families out the best way possible. Breakthroughs are always celebrated, but too many autistic teens have times when they take two steps forward and one step back. The focus should be on getting the assessment part correct from the beginning, ensuring that all steps are in a positive direction from that point on.
What Process Works Best for Identifying and Helping Control Autism?
There is a distinct process that works best when treating any teenager heading to a place like what we offer at Viewpoint Center. It takes time to identify and diagnose autism, especially if the goal is to be as efficient as possible. That is why developmental screening and comprehensive diagnosis evaluation works. After years of research and numerous success stories, this two-step process is one of the most effective methods to get everything going.
The goal here is to look for signs when teenagers might not have the developmental skills many expect at that age. To set the tone for better therapy down the road, a doctor must interview and interact with a teenager to figure out what type of developmental issues they might have. With top-notch doctors who work in the industry, they can assess fairly quickly to help point a teenager in the right direction. Faster, more accurate developmental screening means a higher chance of success.
At Viewpoint Center, we know this part sets the tone. This is the first impression for teenagers, and it needs to be in the right environment to get an accurate assessment. Our team has years of experience with autistic teenagers across the spectrum, which helps families feel confident that their children are under proper care the entire time.
Comprehensive Diagnosis Evaluation
A comprehensive diagnosis evaluation comes next. It is a more intensive type of assessment, as it can cover anything from hearing and vision screening to complete genetic testing.
Some families might be apprehensive about this type of assessment, but it helps identify a teenager’s development and behavior. Parents can even observe this going on, and it helps them start to piece together what might be holding their teenager back.
After both of these evaluations wrap up, there is a pretty clear-cut diagnosis. Doctors can request a specialist to look for a more specific diagnosis, but the therapy plan is taking shape.
A Family’s Role with Autism Diagnosis and Therapy
Families can’t diagnose a teenager with autism, but there are warning signs to look for to know if professional help is needed. Anything from a short attention span to difficulty with expression are all forms of warning signs for autism. At Viewpoint Center, it is always encouraged for families to take an active role in helping as much as possible.
Before and after the assessment at Viewpoint Center, working on social skills, communication, emotions, and more helps significantly. We are a firm believer in educating families on autism and raising better awareness so that life is better for all.
How Viewpoint Center Helps with Autistic Teens
The assessment process for autism at Viewpoint Center is critical. Whether a teenager has already been diagnosed with autism, or there is speculation that they might be on the spectrum, the goal is to help families receive proper identification and an accurate diagnosis.
Our part of the process includes providing treatment through assessment, diagnosis, and civilization. By offering a one-of-a-kind environment for children, we can help teens be efficient with their time and get back on track in the most effective way possible. Our history of treating teenagers with autism allows us to adapt to different ways to handle unique situations.
We encourage any families dealing with an autistic teenager to give us a call and see if our solution is right for them. It could be some minor communication issues that are putting them in a tough situation that they can’t control without some professional treatment. Instead of letting the issues snowball and become out of control, addressing these issues now will set things up better for them in the future.