Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a newer term which was introduced to help doctors classify various neurodevelopmental conditions. It was introduced in May 2013 in the DSM-5 diagnostic manual. This manual brought conditions such as Asperger syndrome, autism, and childhood disintegrative disorder, in to one overarching medical categorization. They were previously considered to be separate disorders with many similarities. Autism spectrum disorder can cause a wide range of symptoms but they generally relate to difficulties with communication and social development. Although there is no known cure for ASD, the Rites of Passage wilderness therapy trek serves as a fantastic autism spectrum disorder treatment, as it has proven extremely effective at helping young adults learn how to co-operate, interact socially and work as a team.
ASD can have a huge effect on people’s lives. It is usually diagnosed during childhood based purely on behavior. In the United States most children are screened for ASD at 18 and 24 months old. Normally parents will notice that the development of their child is unusual by the time the child is two years old, however sometimes symptoms only become apparent in later years.
The main difficulty faced by doctors in diagnosing ASD lies in categorizing the exact nature of the disorder as there are so many mental health classifications which fall under the category of autism spectrum disorder. Another reason why it is difficult for doctors to accurately diagnose ASD is because the exact causes of ASD are still uncertain, but there is strong evidence that genetics play a prominent role.
Due to the social and communication problems caused by ASD it can often be helpful for people with the disorder to participate in wilderness therapy, leaving the distractions and confusion of the urban world behind for a while. One of the main goals of wilderness therapy is promote the formation of healthy relationships and social interactions, this is why it can make such an effective autism spectrum disorder treatment.
To learn more, contact Rites of Passage today on how we can help through the power of a wilderness therapy program.