Autism Spectrum Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition. It impacts social interaction, communication, and behavior. Diagnosing ASD is a complex process. There is no single medical test for it.

Psychologists and other healthcare professionals generally use a combination of –

  • developmental screening tools
  • observational assessments
  • interviews with parents or caregivers

– to assess a child’s behavior and development.

Signs and symptoms that may point to ASD are:

  • difficulty in social interaction and communication
  • repetitive behaviors or interests
  • sensory processing issues
  • delayed language development

Early intervention which follows early diagnosis is important. This makes things better for children with ASD.


There is not an all-pervasive treatment course for ASD. Several evidence-based interventions have been shown to be effective in managing its symptoms and helping general functioning.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): A structured, intensive therapy that concentrates on improving social, communication, and adaptive skills via positive reinforcement.

Speech and Language Therapy: Helps develop communication skills, including verbal and non-verbal communication.

Occupational Therapy: Addresses sensory processing issues and helps develop daily living skills.

Social Skills Training: Teaches appropriate social behaviors and interpersonal skills.

Medication: While there are no medications specifically for ASD, certain medications may be prescribed to manage associated symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or attention issues.

At Whole Wellness Services, we know that a child’s early diagnosis and intervention are critical to helping them develop the skills they will need for a successful future. As part of our thorough approach, we may do genetic testing to rule out other conditions that might have symptoms that are similar.

This way each child receives an accurate diagnosis and necessary support as per their needs.

WHOLE Wellness Services, based in Rochester, NY, offers comprehensive care for individuals and families, focusing on the mind-body connection through a range of services including mental health counseling, functional medicine, and wellness practices like yoga and reiki.