Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, refers to the group of social communication disorders that includes autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Autism is considered to be a spectrum because of the variation in characteristics and severity level across individuals. ASD is a complex developmental condition characterized by persistent challenges in social interaction, speech, nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. Such developmental variations are likely to be noticed before 2 years of age, but ASD can be diagnosed at any age. Although ASD is a life-long condition, many people with autism go on to lead productive, independent, and fulfilling lives.
“Autism is a unique way of perceiving, learning, thinking, and relating.”
- Tony Attwood
Dr. Bieberich has been specializing in autism spectrum disorders and related conditions for over 25 years. She has worked in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are experiencing social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. She particularly enjoys working with people who are preparing for major life transitions, as these often provide great opportunity for self-discovery and growth.