Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's life. It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) that also includes Asperger's syndrome.
Today, approximately 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorders occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, but are four times more likely to occur in boys than girls. Symptoms can range from very mild to very severe.
Children with autism often have problems with social, emotional and communication skills. They may not play pretend games, avoid eye contact, prefer to be alone, not look at objects when another person points to it, have difficulty relating to others, not want to be held, repeat actions over and over, have trouble adapting to a change in routine, or lose skills they once had.
Our Philosophy Regarding Autism Spectrum Services
At The HeartShare School we believe that people on the autism spectrum have an ongoing ability to learn, regardless of their age or level of disability. We commit ourselves to using evidence and research-based practices that are at the core of our therapeutic approaches, while keeping an open mind to new ideas that might enhance the lives of the individuals we support. We also continue to educate ourselves and others to further the understanding of autism.
The HeartShare School's approach is person-centered and takes into account individual preferences, desires, skill levels and learning styles. The HeartShare School's guiding light is our commitment to helping the individuals we support reach their fullest potential. We believe that by embracing a variety of therapeutic approaches the individuals we support will actively participate in their communities.
Our philosophy is grounded in the belief that children and adults on the autism spectrum can and will make progress when afforded optimal strategies and supports.
For more information about autism spectrum disorders be sure to visit our Resources page.