Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder, meaning it involves the way the brain processes information. Individuals with autism are often on a spectrum, with some having only a few traits, such as difficulty with socializing or reading emotions, and others being on the lower end and being completely non-verbal or aware of what is happening around them. It is those individuals on the high-functioning end that often find their way to us.
Working with a child with autism can be challenging even when they are very high-functioning. As a parent or caregiver, it can also be illuminating to work with professionals like the ones at Camp Worth, who have years of experience handling autism spectrum disorder. To learn more about the signs of high functioning autism or our autism treatment options in Fort Worth, contact us today at 855.915.2545.
Signs of High Functioning Autism
Autism is a disorder that often appears different from one individual to the next. That is because not every person with autism has every trait. In addition, the traits may vary over time, changing as your child grows and learns. Most children on the spectrum have some combination of basic traits, however. The most common signs of high functioning autism include:
- Linguistic oddities such as interrupting or not focusing on a conversation they find boring.
- Emotional overload occurs frequently, especially when feelings such as anger or pain are involved.
- Inability to keep calm if a routine is changed suddenly.
- Fixation on one or two subjects, with the exclusion of all others.
- Difficulty with social interactions because of an inability to read non-verbal communication cues like facial expressions.
- Unusual movements that are often repetitive. These become more pronounced as the person becomes overwhelmed.
- Easily overwhelmed by sensations such as noise, bright lights, or many people.
How We Can Help
Our Applied Behavior Analysis program helps your adolescent learn to identify emotions and then teaches how to deal with these emotions. Many individuals come to us because their frustration has turned to anger and possibly violence. We teach alternative ways to deal with this. We also help teach proper socializing and allow for practice, as well as teaching how to take what is learned and applying it to situations outside the residential program. This therapy is combined with occupational therapy, nutritional education, and parent education. The program is designed around the individual’s needs based on their signs of high functioning autism so each may appear slightly different even though the major components are all in place. Finally, residents are given the chance to learn things like organizational skills and time management to help them learn how to learn in our educational program.
Discover Camp Worth
At Camp Worth, your adolescent will have a complete team of specialists who have been trained to deal with the things most important to those with signs of high functioning autism. A combination of behavioral therapy, education, parenting classes, and nutritional education all come together to help your adolescent grow through discovery. With the help of our treatment staff, your child or teen can thrive in spite of their autism symptoms. However, before they can grow in our treatment programs, you have to reach out to our admissions team today.
If you are feeling lost in regards to how to best help your child, contact us at 855.915.2545 and see if we can offer you the support you need. Your child can benefit greatly from being in an understanding, specialized environment. Our fully-trained staff members truly understand what your child needs. Contact Camp Worth today to learn more about how Camp Worth can help your teen or child.