Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatrists & Psychotherapists located in New Lenox and Hinsdale, IL


About Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 36 children today, a significant increase from just a couple of years ago. The Spectrum Behavioral Health team understands that navigating autism is challenging. Their ASD experts compassionately support your family through diagnosis and autism management. Two convenient offices are in New Lenox and Hinsdale, Illinois. Call the one nearest you now or book an appointment online.

Autism Q&A

What is autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental condition usually diagnosed in childhood. It involves communication challenges, repetitive behaviors, and narrow interests.

Autism is a spectrum. It varies from one person to the next. Some people with autism will have difficulty with daily life, while others are high-functioning.

What are the signs of autism?

Common signs of autism are:

Social symptoms

Social symptoms of autism include:

  • Not responding to your name
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Delayed speech or being nonverbal
  • Unusual speech patterns
  • Not noticing the feelings or reactions of others
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends

These symptoms are usually first noticed in early childhood.

Behavior patterns

Autism behaviors include:

  • Rocking
  • Hand flapping
  • Spinning
  • Being upset by change
  • Hyperfixation on objects or activities
  • Arranging objects (usually toys) in highly specific ways

As with social symptoms, behavior symptoms usually start in early childhood. Adults with autism are likely to have the same symptoms throughout their lives.

How is autism diagnosed?

There is no medical test for autism. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), all children should undergo regular developmental and behavioral screenings. Your child’s pediatrician does these screenings during well-child visits at 9, 18, and 30 months. The AAP also recommends specific autism screenings at 18 and 24 months.


Based on your child’s screening results, your doctor might recommend a developmental evaluation at Spectrum Behavioral Health. The developmental evaluation is a comprehensive exam that includes questions, structured tests, and discussions with your family.

How do I manage my child’s autism?

Autism management is different for every family. The Spectrum Behavioral Health team works with you to find the best solution. They’re here to make everyone’s life easier. 

There are no autism-specific medications. But some people with autism have symptoms that might respond to medication. For example, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, or antiseizure drugs could ease symptoms.

Therapy is essential for people with autism. The Spectrum Behavioral Health therapists offer a wide range of therapies. Therapy can help encourage:

  • Reduced harmful behaviors
  • Improved communication
  • Improved social skills
  • Increased independence
  • Better learning

Spectrum Behavioral Health promotes the best quality of life for autism patients and their families. If someone you love needs an evaluation or treatment, call the nearest office or click the online appointment button now.