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Exploring the Autism Spectrum

The term “autism spectrum” refers to a range of neurodevelopmental conditions characterized by differences in how individuals socially interact, communicate, and engage in repetitive behaviors. The spectrum highlights the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.  Individuals on the spectrum are best described as ‘Nuerodivergent’. We are not all alike. Each of us falls somewhere along a spectrum.

Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Social Interaction and Communication Challenges: Individuals on the autism spectrum often find social interactions frustrating. They might have difficulty conversing in a manner a neurotypical person would, picking up on social cues, or developing and maintaining friendships.
  • Repetitive Behaviors and Routines: Many people with autism have repetitive behaviors or strict routines, and changes to these can be distressing.
  • Diverse Strengths and Abilities: While challenges exist, many on the spectrum also have unique strengths, such as attention to detail, expertise in a particular area, or an excellent memory for specific facts. In short, they can have the same strengths and interests everyone else does!
  • Sensory Sensitivities: Sensory sensitivities are common, with certain sounds, lights, or textures causing discomfort or distress.

Understanding the Spectrum

The concept of a spectrum is key to understanding autism. It acknowledges that autism manifests differently in each individual. Some might need significant support in their daily lives, while others may live independently and have successful careers.

Diagnosis and Support

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders can be complex.  There are comprehensive psychological tests to help assess for ASD.  At the same time, it is not always clear-cut and obvious. It involves observing behavior and development. Early diagnosis and intervention can be beneficial in supporting development and learning.

CBT Baltimore’s Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders

At CBT Baltimore, we understand the unique challenges and strengths associated with the autism spectrum. Our therapists are trained to provide support tailored to each individual’s needs, helping them to develop skills and strategies to navigate their world more effectively.

Seeking Help

If you or a loved one is on the autism spectrum and struggles with OCD or anxiety, CBT Baltimore is here to help. We offer a compassionate and understanding environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive.  Please note, we approach each inquiry on an individual basis to ensure we are best suited to help. 

To learn more about our services or to request a session, please visit us online or contact us at (443) 470-9815. Embracing the journey towards understanding and support begins with reaching out.