According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over three million Americans are living with some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and is the fastest growing developmental condition among American children. Delays in speech development and other developmental milestones are usually the first signs of autism in toddlers. The pediatricians at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, advise parents to monitor progress and development and to seek an evaluation at the first sign of symptoms or developmental delays.
Autism Diagnosis and Treatment in McKinney, TX
Autism actually describes a range of conditions that affect a number of areas including:
- Social skills
- Repetitive behaviors
- Non-verbal communication
Some (approximately one third) but not all cases of autism are accompanied by intellectual disabilities, and other health conditions such as ADHA (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder), anxiety, sleep disorders, and gastrointestinal issues. Each case is unique and typically manifests differently from person to person.
Treatment and action plans will vary from child to child depending on where they fall on the spectrum and their unique issues and challenges. Getting an early diagnosis and intervention plan in place as early as possible is very important in helping to manage autism. A treatment and intervention plan may include behavioral therapy, speech therapy, cognitive and social skills development therapy, and medication for additional health issues or problems. As children undergo intervention and gain new skills, their needs and support options may change as they reach new milestones begin school.
Once your child is evaluated, an appropriate intervention and support plan will be designed to address their current and ongoing needs.
Find a Pediatrician in McKinney, TX
For more information about the early signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders and the treatment options available, contact ABC Pediatrics by calling (972) 569-9904 to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians today.