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Thomas Theodosiou

Clinical Neuropsychologist & Clinical Therapist

speaks:
  • Greek
  • English
12+ years: Experience
200+ Happy Clients
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psychological Assessments
José Tavela

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
  • English
  • Spanish
16+ years: Experience
150+ Happy Clients
  • ABA Therapy
  • ACT Practitioner
  • Business Coach
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Compassionate Therapy
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • DBT Practitioner
  • Expressive Art Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • NLP Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Denisse Revés

Psychologist

speaks:
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
13+ years: Experience
100+ Happy Clients
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Child Psychology
  • NLP Practitioner
Daiana Raluca

Psychologist

speaks:
  • Romanian
  • English
11+ years: Experience
200+ Happy Clients
  • ACT Practitioner
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • EMDR Therapy
Anna Paralousi

Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

speaks:
  • Greek
  • English
11+ years: Experience
300+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Family Constellation Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
Shruti Jha

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
  • English
  • Hindi
12+ years: Experience
  • ACT Practitioner
  • Business Coach
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • DBT Practitioner
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Life Coach
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • NLP Practitioner
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Madhumita Ghosh

CBT Practitioner & Rehabilitation Psychologist

speaks:
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Bengali
41+ years: Experience
  • ABA Therapy
  • ACT Practitioner
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Compassionate Therapy
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Life Coach
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Kamran Sher

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
  • English
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi
7+ years: Experience
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Expressive Art Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Fakhra Ahmed

Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
  • English
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi
5+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychoanalysis
Zoe Moulara

Psychologist & Systemic Psychotherapist

speaks:
  • Greek
  • English
  • German
12+ years: Experience
  • Systemic Therapy

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Autism is a neurological developmental disability that can affect 0.68% of the child population in the UAE, according to the Dubai Autism Center. It has a variety of disabilities that can impact every patient who needs instant treatment from a certified psychologist.

Autism can be diagnosed mostly in childhood, but it may be possible that it can be triggered in your adult age. Most patients know about their autism when moving to their professional life, and they have met more challenges. Consistent social interaction triggered their autism disability.

Behavioral therapy is the most effective and widely used approach to deal with the symptoms of ASD. This therapy will be widely discussed and acceptable among healthcare professionals and educators. A more specific behavioral therapy that can be used for autism is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

If mental conditions are not treated correctly, it will trigger a major problem. A person not getting appropriate treatment for autism may face issues related to unemployment and might be struggling with their relationship too. It can impact both mental and physical health simultaneously.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by differences in the brain. As the disorder is on a spectrum, people have varying types and severity of the condition.

The core problems caused by ASD are issues with communication, behavior, interaction, and learning. People with autistic spectrum disorder tend to have various challenges in life due to their condition.

What are the Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The signs of ASD appear in early childhood; children as young as 18 months of age may show symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. Some individuals might be high functioning, so they have great learning skills and IQ but problems with communication. Others might be low functioning, so their learning is slower, and their IQ is lower. The signs can also vary in severity and be on a spectrum.

The symptoms can be distinguished based on the core principles of autistic spectrum disorder.

Restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors and interests
Signs of restrictive and repetitive patterns and behaviors include:

  • Repetition of certain behaviors
  • Repetitive motion
  • Echolalia or repeating phrases
  • Exhibition of unusual behaviors
  • Coordination issues
  • Certain food preferences only
  • Clumsy movement
  • Lack of interest in make-belief plays
  • Partaking in self-harming activities
  • A specific set of interests
  • Specialized interests
  • Dislike of change in routine, change in order, etc.
  • Same playing order
  • Obsessive interests
  • Gets upset over change, even if minor
  • More sensitive to stimuli like light, sound, temperature, etc.
  • Social communication and interaction symptoms

Signs of communication and interaction problems shown by people and children with ASD are:

  • Contentment by being with themselves
  • Dislike of physical contact
  • Delayed speech or problems with communication
  • Do not show things they find interesting
  • Does not play interactive games
  • Does not play with others
  • Does not sing, dance, or perform
  • Difficulty understanding simple commands and questions
  • Difficulty understanding people’s expressions
  • Difficult in understanding non-verbal communication
  • Emotional detachment
  • Little to no use of hand gestures
  • Lacking social skills
  • Issues with eye contact
  • Not responding to someone calling their name
  • Problematic or different rhythm of speech

Some other characteristics that are specific to people who are on the autism spectrum include:

  • Excessive worry
  • Either too little or too much fear
  • Delayed motor skills
  • Delayed language skills
  • Delayed cognitive skills
  • Seizure
  • Hyperactivity
  • Different eating and sleeping habits
  • Mood problems like tantrums
  • GI problems

What are the Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Babies?

While you cannot prevent ASD, early intervention can improve the prognosis. Hence, parents should know the early signs of ASD in babies, so they can have them tested. These include the child:

  • Not responding to their name after 9 months of age
  • Not showing expressions like happiness by 9 months of age
  • Not playing interactive games by 12 months of age
  • Little to no gestures by 12 months of age
  • Not sharing interests with others by 15 months
  • Not showing what holds their interest by 18 months
  • Not noticing emotions of others by 24 months
  • Not noticing and playing with other children by 36 months
  • Not pretend-playing by 48 months
  • Not dancing, singing, or acting by 60 months
  • Not saying anything by 16 months and not saying phrases by 24 months
  • Loss of speech at any age

What are the Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder?

There are no yet known, and precise causes for autistic spectrum disorders. Some risk factors for ASD include:

  • Genetics
  • Family history
  • Gender: Boys are more likely to have ASD
  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Health problems and disorders
  • Parents’ ages may also be a risk factor
  • Some environmental factors may play a role

What are the Tests for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

There is no specific autistic spectrum test; children are generally screened for it by professionals like physicians, speech therapists, and psychologists, and a conclusion is then reached accordingly.

How is Autism Spectrum Disorder Treated and Managed?

ASD cannot be treated; it is a life-long issue that needs to be managed to improve the lives of the people with it. Since the disorder is on spectrum, the treatment plan is devised according to the symptoms of the person. The treatment of ASD should begin as soon as the diagnosis comes, as the earlier the treatment, the better the prognosis is.

Some interventions and treatment options that are considered include:

Treatment for Physical Symptoms

Doctors work to remedy the physical issues caused by ASD like digestive problems.

Medication

People are also administered medication to manage the disorder. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, aggression, etc. may especially be given medication.

Therapy

ASD also requires therapy for better management of the disorder and its symptoms. You can reach experts at Fitcy Health for therapy at home if mobility and commuting are challenging. Moreover, at Fitcy Health, you can consult an expert from around the globe, thereby giving you the best options for the treatment of ASD.

Educational Interventions

As some with ASD face learning difficulties, interventions aimed at improving their learning skills are also useful.

Other Interventions

Since life is challenging for those with ASD, therapies, and interventions that help them navigate life are useful and at times, imperative. These may be aimed at helping them learn life skills that allow them to function independently, helping them reduce their disruptive behaviors and habits, etc.

How to Live with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

People with ASD can live life to the fullest but just need some extra help. Some helpful ways to overcome the different challenges caused by ASD include:

Help with Physical Health

It is important to keep physically healthy to live a wholesome life but to also mitigate the negative impact of ASD. Some helpful things to do include:

Be active

  • Exercise
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Focus on quality sleep
  • Help with social life
  • Social life is particularly challenging for those with ASD. Some might be petrified of crowds; others might get overwhelmed due to overstimulation. But everyone needs a healthy social life. Some things that can be of help include:

Counseling

  • Joining support groups
  • Partaking in interventions aimed specifically at improving social life
  • Help with emotional health

One of the challenges faced by people with ASD is impaired mental health. It can

lead to depression, anxiety, and even ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) symptoms. To overcome them, try to:

  • Manage anxiety
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Seek professional help from Fitcy Health
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