​​Our Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Quick Facts:​

Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians 

by Bryan Jepson 

  • Autism is distinguishable by a triad of symptoms: impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, and restricted interests and repetitive behavior.
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
  • Most parents of autistic children suspect that something is wrong by the time the child is 18 months old and seek help by the time the child is age 2.
  • Autism affects 1 in 170 children and 1 in 70 boys.
  • Asperger’s syndrome is a disorder on the autism spectrum that carries many of the traits of autism but with less impairment linguistically and cognitively. (Wikipedia) 

Autism Life Skills by

 Chantal Sicile-Kira 

Recommended Reading:

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching

and Raising a Child With Autism 

by Veronica Zysk and

Ellen Notbohm

Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public:  

Aspergers Homepage :    


University of Southern California's information page:           


One of the best support sites loaded with information, resources, books, and more :  


This site is a deep well of educational resources about autism:


Download a 100 Day Kit for what to do in the first 100 days after your child receives an autism diagnosis.

Resources on Autism Spectrum Disorder that we recommend:

If Autism Spectrum Disorder is a possible

diagnosis for your child, we do a full

evaluation  and often administer a full

battery of tests before making a diagnosis

or initiating treatment.  Autism Spectrum

Disorder is a neurological disorder present

from early childhood that affects many 

areas of a child's life, particularly social

functioning.  Behaviors associated with 

Autism Spectrum Disorder range from

mild symptoms at one end of the spectrum

such as poor social skills, difficulties with nonverbal communication and clumsiness to more severe symptoms at the other end such as developmental delays and severe impairment in social and daily functioning.

At LifeGrowth, we have over 40 years of combined experience in helping families cope with the unique challenges of parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  We understand the broad needs your child has from social and school to family dynamics.  We also realize that treatment has to be tailored to the unique personality and needs of your child.  That's why we offer comprehensive support and treatment, including a social skills group and a parent support group.