Frequently Asked Questions

Autism Treatments Available at Groupworks West

- Social Development Groups for Children and Teens

- Adult ASD Relationship Skills Groups

- RDI (Relationship Development Intervention)

Can Autism Be Cured?

Autism is a lifelong condition–there are no specific treatments to “cure” autism.  Each child on the Autism Spectrum has a unique set of developmental delays, speech deficits, and social and cognitive impairments.  Comprehensive treatment plans need to be developed to target each child’s strengths and functional impairments.

Autism Statistics

- 1 in every 150 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism

- In the United States, 1 out of 94 boys are suspected of being on the spectrum

- 1.5 million Americans may be affected with autism

- In the United States, the rate of autism is rising 10-17 percent a year

What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) is considered to be part of the autism spectrum.  Unlike those with autism, AS individuals do not have speech delays.  They generally present as bright and verbal but have significant social deficits.  They may avoid eye contact, appear unengaged in a conversation or dominate the conversation, and not understand the use of gestures.

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that usually appears during the first three years of life.  It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting the development of social interaction and communication skills.  Individuals with autism typically show deficits in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions and leisure/play.