Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program
The Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program at the NYU Child Study Center is dedicated to diagnosing, providing treatment and support, developing clinical and education models for children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and advancing knowledge to create a better understanding of the condition. Autism Spectrum Disorders are neurobiologically- based conditions that have great variability in manifestation. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders have difficulty with the development of appropriate social skills, communicating with peers, appreciating nonverbal cues, and perseverative thoughts, behaviors, and interests. Many also experience problems with sensory sensitivities.
It is a lifelong condition, but it may not always be recognized in childhood because some affected children can seem high-functioning in many ways. Individuals can exhibit cognitive and language impairments, or exhibit superior intellectual functioning. Common difficulties include deficits in social interaction, communication, and sensory or repetitive behaviors. Early diagnosis is important as it helps families and schools understand the social, self-regulatory, and organizational needs that often go unaddressed. Appropriate treatment and educational intervention can positively change life outcomes.
The Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program at the NYU Child Study Center is composed of two equally important and inter-related elements:
- Clinical services for children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- A state-of-the-art basic and clinical research program on Autism Spectrum Disorders
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