The Role of Early Intervention in Autism

Your child’s development is complicated, and there are developmental milestones, such as walking and talking, which are important to track. When your child has autism, these milestones may be delayed or more difficult to recognize. Your pediatrician can help. The pediatricians at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, offer a wide range of medical care for children, including diagnosis and management of autism. 

How Early Intervention Can Help Your Child with Autism 

Autism is a developmental disorder, often identified first in children. The earlier the disorder is identified, the better the outcome is for your child. Autism screenings occur as part of routine pediatric visits at 18 and 24 months, but you should schedule an autism screening earlier if your child shows signs of autism, which are:

  • Not responding to their name being called
  • Not showing any interest in objects or things
  • Avoiding eye contact and wanting to be alone
  • Not understanding the feelings of others or their own
  • Not speaking or showing delayed speech
  • Repeating the same words and phrases
  • Getting upset by changing events

During an autism screening, your pediatrician will:

  • Perform a comprehensive medical record review
  • Observe your child’s behaviors, mannerisms, cognitive abilities, emotional, and physical delays

You may also be asked to complete a questionnaire about your child’s behaviors, mannerisms, and other information.

Early identification and diagnosis of autism leads to early intervention, which can promote better development, skills, and achievements. The skills and abilities your child develops early can help your child grow into a productive, happy adult. To find out more about autism testing and assessment, please click here.

Want To Know More About Early Intervention and Autism?

To find out more about the importance of early intervention when your child has autism, talk with the experts. Call the pediatricians at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX. You can reach them in the office by calling (972) 569-9904, so call today.

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