Bergen County Counseling for Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by impairments in language and social interaction and by excessively repetitive and ritualistic behaviors. Onset is before the age of three, and though severity of symptoms may change over time, they typically persist in some form throughout life. A recent study reported the prevalence of autism in 3-10 year-olds to be about 3.4 cases per 1000 children.

Autism is part of a group of disorders called autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), also known as pervasive developmental disorders. ASDs range in severity, with autism being the most debilitating form while other disorders, such as Asperger syndrome, produce milder symptoms.

Estimating the prevalence of Autism is difficult and controversial due to differences in the ways cases are identified and defined, differences in study methods, and changes in diagnostic criteria.

Autism is about four times more common in boys than girls. Girls with the disorder, however, tend to have more severe symptoms and greater cognitive impairment.

At Bergen Counseling, offers counseling for children and adolescents facing Autism. If you would like to make an appointment for your child, please call us at (201) 425-1981.