Autism is a disorder that many people have heard of, but not everybody really understands. Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, autism actually encompasses many different brain development disorders. April is Autism Awareness Month, so we’ve prepared some answers to some common questions you may have about autism.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that affects about one in every 68 children according to the Centers for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Autism can cause social, behavioral, and communication issues for individuals. There are several conditions that are included as part of ASD, including:
- Autistic disorder
- Pervasive developmental disorder
- Asperger syndrome
ASD can affect people differently. People diagnosed with ASD can range from being gifted at learning, thinking, and problem solving to being severely challenged, resulting in different levels of care for every individual.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Autism?
ASD can be difficult to diagnose since there is no medical test available. Instead, medical professionals need to track a child’s development and behavior. Signs of ASD include but are not limited to:
- A lack of interest or in objects or other people
- Avoiding eye contact and physical contact
- Difficulty understanding their own feelings or other people’s feelings or expressing their own needs
- Obsessive repetition of actions
- Difficulty adapting to change in routine
- Loss of skills they once had
What are Autism Treatment Options?
While there is no cure for ASD, early diagnosis and intervention has shown to improvement development in children. ASD can be detected by age 2, but many children don’t receive a proper diagnosis until much older. This wait can delay treatment that could have improved important skills, such as therapy for speech, movement, and social interaction.
Who Should I Talk to About Autism?
Speak with your doctor about ASD. He or she can give you more information and help you learn more. If you’re concerned that your child might have ASD, contact your child’s pediatrician and share your concerns with them.
It’s always important to catch symptoms early. Give us a call at 440-333-1107 or contact Westshore online and set up an appointment today.
Dr. David Gumucio, D.O.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.