Autism and Asperger's

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry & Perinatal Specialist located in Cherry Hill , NJ
Autism and Asperger's services offered in Cherry Hill , NJ

Autism spectrum disorder is present at birth but can take several years to become noticeable. If you or your child has signs of autism, Dr. Amy Carnall, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC, and Christina Sertway, APN, PMHNP-BC, at Clarity Psychiatry Care in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, can help. They offer expert evaluation and support to autistic children, adults, and their families, including those with Asperger’s syndrome. Call Clarity Psychiatry Care today or book an appointment online for compassionate autism care.

Autism and Asperger's

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong condition that typically becomes apparent in childhood. It causes problems with communication and social interactions that vary from mild impairments to severe disabilities.

You or your child could be anywhere on a spectrum between these two points, so autism is now called autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Someone with ASD is neurodivergent. This means their brain processes information differently than most people, who are considered neurotypical.


What symptoms does autism cause?

Unless an infant has severe autism, there are few signs at first. However, as the child grows, you might notice unusual behaviors developing, including:

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Unresponsiveness to your voice
  • Inability to read facial expressions
  • Making inappropriate facial expressions
  • Not reacting when you point
  • Few or no friendships
  • Difficulties with other children
  • Unwillingness to talk
  • No interest in conversations
  • Favoring being alone
  • Delayed speech
  • Intolerance of change
  • Obsessions with specific objects or toys
  • Sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises
  • Dislike of being touched

Children with ASD might perform repeated movements, such as rocking or spinning. Some walk on their toes.


What is Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome is high-functioning autism. People with Asperger’s can function in everyday life, are typically highly intelligent, and often have successful careers. However, they struggle to understand social interactions, body language, and emotions. They may come across as blunt or rude or be seen as emotionless.

Many people with Asperger’s learn to mimic the behaviors they see around them to make it easier to manage at school and work. Very often, someone with Asperger’s has no obvious disability—others might view them as loners or think they’re slightly eccentric but have no idea of their daily struggle to fit in.


How is autism treated?

ASD and Asperger’s syndrome aren’t conditions you can cure. In fact, many neurodivergent people celebrate their differences, which give them a unique insight into the world. However, autistic people often face challenges that benefit from expert guidance and therapy.

The Clarity Psychiatry Care team has considerable experience helping children and adults anywhere on the autistic spectrum. The therapy the team recommends varies depending on your specific needs.

Call Clarity Psychiatry Care today or book an appointment online for personalized support with autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.