Psychiatry & Medication Management located in Denver, CO

Autism spectrum disorder affects millions of people in the U.S., impacting one in 36 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The experienced psychiatric team at Peak Interactive Wellness in Denver, Colorado, understands the importance of providing effective care and support for children and adults with autism. With in-person and telemedicine visits, the practice strives to deliver flexible, individualized care. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. While typically diagnosed during childhood, symptoms of autism spectrum disorder often last throughout life. Developing an effective care plan is essential to manage autism symptoms and improve your quality of life as you age.

What are the warning signs of autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder can cause a range of symptoms that can affect your functioning and development, including:

  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Delayed verbal communication or movement
  • Eye contact avoidance
  • Trouble perceiving other people’s emotions
  • Obsessive interests
  • Aversions to certain sounds, smells, or tastes
  • Repetitive behaviors (repeating words, playing with toys in the same way, etc.)
  • Worry over minor changes in routine
  • Difficulty managing emotions 
  • Problems displaying facial expressions
  • Disinterest in playing with others
  • Anxiety or stress

Because autism is a spectrum disorder, symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some people with the disorder experience minor symptoms and live independently. Others rely on ongoing support to manage their symptoms. 

What is the root cause of autism spectrum disorder?

While scientists don’t know the exact cause of autism, they do think certain groups are at a higher risk than others. Many factors can increase the likelihood of autism, including:

  • High maternal or paternal age
  • Genetics (having Rett syndrome or Fragile X syndrome)
  • Maternal infection
  • High blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Air pollution
  • Premature birth
  • A family history of autism

Boys are also up to four times more likely than girls to have autism spectrum disorder.

How is autism spectrum disorder diagnosed?

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder requires coordination between parents or caretakers, pediatricians or family medicine providers, and a neuropsychological evaluation. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive a screening for autism spectrum disorder at 18 months and 24 months.

The Peak Interactive Wellness team reviews your child’s family and medical history, including any medications they take and their neuropsychological evaluation results.

What treatments can I expect for autism spectrum disorder?

Peak Interactive Wellness offers many treatments for autism spectrum disorder tailored to your unique needs, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Coordination with school psychologists and counselors
  • Medication management
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Exercise regimens

Proper support for autism spectrum disorder can help improve treatment outcomes and enhance your quality of life. Call Peak Interactive Wellness today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

While Peak Interactive Wellness providers can help support someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder, they cannot diagnose ASD. Only someone trained in the specific testing, usually a psychologist, can diagnose ASD.