It’s important to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of autism in children.
According to the CDC, around 1 in 44 children in the US were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2018. With more and more people talking about autism these days, you may be concerned that your child’s unusual or troublesome behaviors could be a sign of autism. If you have concerns, know that our Thornton, Denver, CO, pediatricians are here to make sure that you get the answers and care your family deserves.
What is autism spectrum disorder?
ASD are various neurodevelopmental disorders that include autism and Asperger syndrome. Autism is known to cause issues with social skills, behavior and communication. Spectrum disorder simply means that children with autism have unique challenges as well as strengths, and these challenges and strengths vary. Some children may require round-the-clock support and care, while other children may need less assistance and be more independent.
What are the signs and symptoms of autism?
Most children display behaviors and other signs of autism by around 2-3 years old. You may notice certain developmental delays as early as 18 months. Signs of autism include,
- Not making eye contact
- Not responding to their name
- Babbling or lack of speech or social skills
- Repeating certain words or phrases
- Repetitive behaviors such as rocking or flapping arms
- Intense responses to certain lights, sounds, smells or textures
- A delay in language
- Inappropriate responses to others’ emotions and feelings
I think my child might have autism. Now what?
If your child’s behaviors are causing you concern, the best step is to schedule an autism screening with our Thornton, Denver, CO pediatricians. The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers is a common questionnaire used to screen for autism in young children. Even if children aren’t displaying signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder, they should still be evaluated by our pediatrician at 9, 18 and 30 months for developmental delays and disabilities.
We know that an autism diagnosis can be scary, and we want you to know that our Thornton, Denver, CO, pediatricians at Horizon Pediatric & Primary Care are here to make sure that you get the individualized, compassionate and supportive care that both the parents and child need to manage autism symptoms. Call our practice to schedule an evaluation.