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Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of complex disorders characterized (in varying degrees) by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. ASD are a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). PDDs involve delays in the development of basic skills, such as the ability to socialize, communicate and use imagination.


  • 8 signs & Symptoms
    • difficulty engaging
    • difficulty playing social games
    • unusual expression of attachment to parents
    • difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling
    • delays in language development
    • unusual repetitive behaviors


Facts about Autism Spectrum Disorder


How is Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosed?

  • There are currently no medical tests that can diagnose autism.
  • ASD is usually first diagnosed in children between ages 2 and 6. A complete medical history and a physical and neurological exam will be performed if symptoms are present.
  • If no physical disorder is present, the child may be referred to a health professional trained to diagnose and treat Autism. The diagnosis is based on the child’s level of development and their speech and behavior.
  • A diagnostic evaluation usually involves a team of several doctors, including a pediatrician, psychologist, speech and language pathologist, and occupational therapist.

How Common are Autism Spectrum Disorders?


At Pasadena Villa, we treat issues with Autism with the most advanced and effective methods available, always making sure the resident’s needs are the number one priority.

The Impact of ASD on Patients and Families

Pasadena Villa’s Treatment Environment