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    Understanding the Symptoms of Autism

    Last updated 12 hours ago

    For family members of people with autism, it might be easy to recognize autism symptoms, but understanding them is not quite as simple. It isn’t easy for people without autism to understand the different ways those with autism process their environments and what that means for how they approach the world. Fortunately, people with autism have been able to explain what the world is like for them, so family and friends can have a better understanding. Here is a look at some of the things they’ve had to say.

    Imbalanced Senses

    Having autism can feel like your senses are imbalanced or tuned to the wrong stimuli. While people without autism may be able to walk into a room and determine which sights and sounds are important cues for decoding the situation, a person with autism may walk into that same room and be overly distracted by sounds or sights others may barely notice, such as the whirl of a ceiling fan or a pattern in the wallpaper. This information overload can make it extremely difficult and frustrating for someone with autism to read certain circumstances.

    Speech Challenges

    People with autism do not have diminished intelligence. However, speech delays are a common part of autism. They have nothing to do with intellectual development and instead are caused by difficulties understanding how to use language. Most people with autism do become vocal and often have very large vocabularies. However, expressing feelings may always be a challenge, which can be isolating.


    Because having autism can make it harder to read the world around them, many people with autism feel a need to compulsively organize things or talk obsessively about a specific topic. These urges may be attempts to instill a foundation in a world that feels chaotic. This may also be the same reason why a person with autism might struggle with last-minute schedule changes.

    At STAR of CA, we’re committed to helping whole families thrive when a member has autism. Our proven autism treatment program and support services for family members could be the solutions you’ve been seeking. For more information, call us at (805) 804-5671. 

    Actions to Take During a Crisis at Home

    Last updated 5 days ago

    When you’re facing a crisis at home that involves your child with autism, it’s not always clear what steps you should take. The important thing to remember is that help is available. This video explains more.

    During a crisis, focus on dealing with the immediate situation and not your behavior plan. It is okay if you have to abandon your plan to deal with the crisis, and then work on getting back on track in the future. Don’t be ashamed or afraid to reach out for help. If there is a local autism support group, turn there. If not, build a network of community members you can call on in a crisis. You may be surprised by the number of people who are willing to help.

    STAR of CA is here to provide California families with the evidence-based autism support they need. Find out how we can help your family by calling (805) 804-5671.

    Getting to Know STAR of CA

    Last updated 13 days ago

    STAR of CA was started out of the desire of our directors to provide autism support to people in our Los Angeles-area community. We’ve now grown beyond those borders and provide resources for people from San Louis Obispo to Orange, but one fact remains the same: we care about what is happening in these communities because they are also our homes. Our staff members are committed to using their skills to support the needs of our community members.

    STAR of CA was initially founded to offer comprehensive resources for people with autism spectrum disorders, or ASDs, as well as their families. We rely solely on evidence-based therapies to ensure our clients get the best possible results. We’ve now expanded our services to include community-based mental health support.

    If someone in your family is facing an autism spectrum disorder, find out how STAR of CA can help. You can learn about our autism treatment programs and more by calling (805) 804-5671 today. 

    Questions and Answers About Challenging Behaviors

    Last updated 20 days ago

    For a family of a child with autism, challenging behaviors can pose significant disruptions to the daily routine. One common question about autism involves the definition of challenging behaviors. Autism specialists generally define these behaviors as any that would reduce the child’s quality of life by limiting or preventing access to services and resources. These can include aggressive or self-injurious behaviors, in addition to repetitive routines.

    You can watch this video to hear more answers to common questions about challenging behaviors. This autism expert describes the importance of identifying the reason behind the challenging behavior before attempting to replace it with a more appropriate behavior.

    At STAR of CA, it’s our mission to provide comprehensive support to children with autism and their families. You can call (805) 804-5671 if you wish to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly autism specialists.

    Quick Autism Facts

    Last updated 26 days ago

    After learning that your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it can be helpful to ask his or her autism specialist for some recommended resources. Learning about your child’s developmental disorder and how you can help your child overcome barriers can empower your whole family. First, understand that autism affects each child in different ways, regarding both the types and severity of symptoms. For example, one child may be entirely non-verbal, while another may communicate at a level that is on target for his or her peer group. Work with the autism specialist to determine your child’s unique challenges.

    Next, it’s important to realize that although there is no known cure for autism, it is indeed possible for your child to live a happy and fulfilling life. Therapy techniques based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) have been clinically proven to help children improve across various functions.

    The team of autism specialists at STAR of CA realizes that a diagnosis of autism can be an overwhelming life event. Give us a call today at (805) 804-5671 and let us know how we can support your family and help your child reach his or her full potential.

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