Autistic spectrum disorder describes a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders. Individuals that are diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder must present with two types of symptoms:
- Deficits in social communication and social interaction.
- Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities.
The DSM-5 redefined autistic spectrum disorder to encompass both autism and what was formerly diagnosed as Asperger’s syndrome.
Features of these disorders include social deficits and communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, sensory issues and in some cases, cognitive delays.
At Milestones Ranch Malibu, we understand how challenging it can for be for individuals struggling with autistic spectrum disorder, as well as those who love them. For a client seeking treatment for a substance use disorder who is also struggling with autistic spectrum disorder –we can assist with mild to moderate cognitive deficits as part of the treatment plan for dual diagnosis recovery. Our expert medical staff works closely with our experienced and caring clinicians to provide the best possible outcomes in treatment.
We hope the information contained in this article has been helpful to you. Please feel free to contact us at Milestones Ranch Malibu with any questions or comments you may have. Call: (800) 791-6859 for assistance.