Autism in Children Q & A
You might suspect your child has autism, or maybe your child has been diagnosed with it. Either way, you may have questions about the condition and need answers for your child, and at Night Lite Pediatrics, we’d like to provide answers and treat your child. Call us now. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Port St Lucie.
What is autism in a child?
It’s a condition that’s related to brain development and that impacts how a child perceives and socializes with others. It causes problems in these areas, and a child with autism will also have limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. There’s a wide range of symptoms and a range in severity of symptoms. The disorder begins in early childhood, often within the first year.
Friendships, school work, and more are affected by autism. There is no cure, but there are ways to address and manage the condition. Early and intensive treatment can make a major difference in the life of a child with autism. You should see a doctor like one of ours here at Night Lite Pediatrics if your child has any of the signs associated with autism.
When should I speak with a doctor about autism?
Go see a doctor if your child has some of the following signs or symptoms commonly associated with autism:
- In the early stages of infancy, reduced eye contact, a lack of response to their name, or indifference to caregivers
- Withdrawl or aggression
- Loss of language skills or social skills
- Difficulty adjusting to social situations, communicating, learning, or applying what they learn
- Limited, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities
- Doesn’t respond to you with a smile by 6 months of age
- Doesn’t say single words by 16 months
- Any signs of delayed development during a child’s first 2 years
- Or similar signs/symptoms
It can be very difficult to identify the signs and symptoms of autism, so professional diagnosis is necessary.
What are the treatments for autism in a child?
There are a number of developmental tests that can be done to identify delays in cognitive, language, or social skills. There are lots of ways for a professional to identify and treat autism in a child, but keep in mind there is no cure. Early intervention in the preschool years can help a great deal and prevent some complications. Some of the common treatments for autism include:
- Behavior and communication therapies – To address social, language, and behavioral problems
- Educational therapies – Can also improve social skills, communication, and behavior
- Family therapies – To teach parents and other family members how to support the child
- Medication – To control certain symptoms
- Speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.
There may be other ways to help a child with autism and support their development, and we’d be happy to help you discover methods for treatment.
Can you help with autism in children?
Yes, we can! The professionals at Night Lite Pediatrics can provide many services and help parents help their child with autism. Our clinic has locations throughout the Greater Orlando area and beyond, so please see our Locations page for the location in your neighborhood. From that page, you’ll be able to connect with your neighborhood location or book an appointment or consultation.
Reach out to us today if your child has autism or if you suspect it. We can provide the professional support of a pediatrician and help you and others to help your child.
We hope to hear from you soon!