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What is Autism?

You are trying to understand and support your family member with Autism. Yet you are still struggling for Solutions and ResourcesSM. Look no further:

Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology, and has the Solutions and ResourcesSM to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of brain health experts is trained in conventional, complementary and alternative specialties. This team, using her 5 Prong Approach, will provide you with a customized treatment program for Autism, because Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone. Feel free to call us at (800)500-9971, or fill out our inquiry form.
The first step is to understand what Autism truly is, and then you can obtain the best effective treatment.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a range of complex brain development disorders. These disorders are characterized by difficulties with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication impairments, and repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behavior. Autism, or Autistic Disorder, is the most severe form of ASD. Other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form of Autism known as Asperger syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (commonly referred to as PDD-NOS). Autism can be associated with intellectual disability or issues with motor coordination; however many Autistic individuals have exceptional capabilities in visual arts, musical and academic areas.

Symptoms of Autism

Dr. Diane®’s initial research in Neuropsychology and Autism began when she was teaching the first integrative classroom for Autistic children in Marshfield, MA. She was the first in the world to introduce the use of sign language to help Autistic children communicate. From this experience, Dr. Diane® completed her doctoral dissertation on the topic of Autism, titled “A Description of the Changes of Verbal and Nonverbal, Communicative and Non Communicative Behavior in a Group of Autistic Children.” Dr. Diane® presented this research at the 2nd International Conference on Autism.


  • Social Challenges
  • Communication Difficulties
  • Repetitive Behaviors
  • Physical and Medical Issues that may Accompany Autism


  • Social impairments
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Communication difficulties
  • Repetitive behaviors

Because Autism is a spectrum disorder, it can range from very mild to very severe and occur in all ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. Males are four times more likely to have Autism than females. Some children with Autism appear normal before age 1 or 2, and then suddenly “regress” and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. This is called the regressive type of Autism.


  • Not respond to their name (the child may appear deaf)
  • Not point at things of interest, or demonstrate interest
  • Not play “pretend” games
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Want to be alone
  • Have difficulty understanding, or showing understanding, of other people’s feelings or their own
  • Have no speech or delayed speech
  • Repeat words or phrases over and over (Echolalia)
  • Give unrelated answers to questions
  • Get upset by minor changes
  • Have obsessive interests
  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
  • Have unusual reactions (over or under-sensitivity) to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
  • Have low to no social skills
  • Avoid or resist physical contact
  • Demonstrate little safety or danger awareness
  • Reverse pronouns (e.g., says “you” instead of “I”)
  • Have unusual interests and behaviors
  • Have extreme anxiety and phobias, as well as unusual phobias
  • Line up toys or other objects
  • Play with toys the same way every time
  • Like parts of objects (e.g., wheels)


  • Hyperactivity (very active)
  • Impulsivity (acting without thinking)
  • Short attention span
  • Aggression
  • Causing self injury
  • Meltdowns
  • Unusual eating and sleeping habits
  • Unusual mood or emotional reactions
  • Lack of fear or more fear than expected
  • Have unusual sleeping habits

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