Mental Health Counseling located in Peoria and Phoenix, AZ

Autism services offered in Peoria and Phoenix, AZ

If you suspect you or a loved one has autism or have a diagnosis, see the experts at Desert View Counseling & Consulting in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona. Their experienced team can diagnose autism and offers highly effective treatments. Schedule an in-person or telehealth evaluation by phone or book one online today.

Autism Q & A

What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental and neurological disorder that affects how an individual interacts socially with other people. This includes how they learn, behave, or communicate. The symptoms often appear within the first two years of life, and while there’s no cure for autism, treatment helps lessen any troublesome symptoms.

What are the symptoms of autism?

The symptoms of autism may include one or more of the following:

  • Awkwardness in social interactions
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Restricted interests 
  • Making little to no eye contact
  • Appearing to not listen to others when they’re talking
  • Difficulty carrying on conversations 
  • Having a monotone or robotic-like voice
  • Problems behaving appropriately in social situations
  • Having few or no friends
  • Talking at length about something others aren’t interested in
  • Repetitive or unusual behaviors (repeating phrases or words)
  • Being upset by slight routine changes
  • Difficulty with transitions 
  • Sound, light, or temperature sensitivity
  • Rocking, hand flapping, or head banging

Symptoms vary widely from person to person. They can interfere with the ability to function at work, in school, and in other areas of life.

What may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder?

The cause of autism isn’t known, but factors that could increase the risk of developing it include:

  • Family history of autism
  • Having older parents
  • Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Low birth weight
  • Being male
  • Rett syndrome
  • Tuberous sclerosis

Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

How is autism diagnosed?

A Desert View Counseling & Consulting specialist completes a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to determine if you or a loved one has autism spectrum disorder. They discuss symptoms, behaviors, emotions, and social interactions to determine which treatment options are best. 

They also complete developmental evaluations in children and teens and provide genetic testing for medication if necessary.

How is autism treated?

Treating autism spectrum disorder may include one or more of the following:

  • Medication management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Communication therapy 
  • Educational therapy 
  • Creative therapy
  • Family therapy 
  • Diet and other lifestyle changes
  • Dietary supplements
  • Referrals to school resources 

Desert View Counseling & Consulting specialists tailor autism treatment plans to you or your loved one’s personalized needs and follow up as often as needed with therapy to help you or them thrive.

Schedule an in-person or telehealth autism evaluation at Desert View Counseling & Consulting by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.