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By ABC PEDIATRICS
March 01, 2021
Category: Child Health
Tags: Autism  

Helping a child on the autistic spectrum poses many challenges which can be quite rewarding if we are equipped with the right tools to respond. If you have any questions or concerns about helping your autistic child gain valuable life skills and have some fun while doing so, come see our staff at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, for support.

Helping Your Child With Autism

All children need consistency, especially when reinforcing household rules and acceptable modes of behavior, but autistic children thrive in environments where they know what is expected of them.

Self Care

Time apart from your child may serve both of you well. Getting away from the home and coming back with fresh eyes helps to stave off frustration from both sides.

Become More Attentive

Each child with autism is unique and has quirks that you must get to know and accept. Some of these quirks are non-verbal or vocalized with others. Being conscientious in your communication will increase the quality of life for you and the child with autism.

Positively Reinforce Desirable Behavior

Working with your child is a learning process for everyone. If you show your child which behaviors you think are more beneficial, they will understand what you want more readily.

Break Things Into Smaller Steps

Sometimes, we want to keep our children calm while we ask them to do a favor or a chore. Because symptoms often lead them to become overwhelmed easily when being told what to do, the main thing is to maintain your patience and break the request down into smaller pieces to ensure that you are easily understood.

Do you need some autism support in McKinney, TX? ABC Pediatrics offers a range of services to help you help your child on the autistic spectrum. Contact our staff to schedule an appointment today at (972) 569-9904!

By ABC PEDIATRICS
June 02, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: Autism  
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects how a person views and interacts with the world around them, including other people. In most cases, differences become apparent by the time your child reaches 24 months. Mainly, parents notice behavioral differences and language delays. If you suspect that your child has ASD, schedule an appointment with your local pediatric office. We work with you to figure out what to do next.
 
Signs of ASD 
Every child with ASD is different. Not everyone will have the same symptoms or experiences. With that in mind, here are some summaries on social, communication, and behavioral differences. 
 
Social Differences
  • Your child doesn’t keep or make eye contact
  • They don’t respond to your facial expressions or smiles
  • Does not reciprocate facial expressions or have the appropriate ones
  • Doesn’t respond to parent’s pointing 
  • Has problems making friends
  • Shows a lack of concern for others
Communication Differences
  • Your child hasn’t spoken by 16 months
  • Repeats or parrots what others say
  • Doesn’t feel the need or want to communicate 
  • Starts missing language and social milestones after 15 months
  • Doesn’t pretend play but does have a good memory for numbers, songs, and letters
Behavioral Differences
  • Has an affinity for routines and schedules and does not like altering them
  • Likes to twirl their fingers, sway, rock, or spin
  • Has strange activities that they enjoy doing repeatedly
  • They are sensitive to sounds, lights, touch, textures, and smells
  • They are more interested in the parts of a toy instead of the whole thing
Common Examples
Don’t feel overwhelmed by the information listed above. As mentioned, a child can have a mixture of any of these behaviors. There are a few other common examples that your pediatrician sees. These give you insight into how a neurotypical child reacts in certain situations versus a child with ASD.  
 
By the age of 12 months, your child should turn their head when they hear their name. A child with ASD won’t respond even if their name is called multiple times.
 
By 18 months, a child with speech delays finds accommodations through gestures, facial expressions, or pointing. Children with ASD find no reason to compensate for speech. 
 
After 24 months, many children enjoy bringing their parents objects or toys to look at or play with. A child with ASD may bring their parent an object but will not play with their parent or respond to their reaction.
April 14, 2020
Category: NewBorn Care
Tags: Autism  

Autistic Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a neuro-developmental disorder which affects millions of American children. Extending into adulthood, this learning, social and communication difference concerns your professional team at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX. Autism requires support for both children and their families. Read some FAQs about ASD here.

What does autism look like?

Autism impacts how a child (or adult) interacts socially, communicates and learns. Categorized as Level one, two, or three, indicating severity and need for support, autism presents with neuro-typical behaviors such as:

  • Inability to initiate conversation and maintain a back and forth exchange of ideas and pleasantries
  • Lack of eye contact and desire to live, work, and play alone
  • Extreme interest in one hobby or object
  • Ritualistic behaviors
  • Hypersensitivity to sounds, light, smells, and textures
  • Difficulty changing routines (school schedules, for instance)

Who has autism?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that boys are up to five times as likely to be on the autistic spectrum than girls are. Heredity seems to play a significant role in being autistic. As scientists, psychologists, educators and health care providers learn more about ASD, it becomes easier to recognize it and get children and their families the support they need.

Can autistic children learn?

Yes, they can. In fact, many are highly intelligent. Abilities vary widely though, and many skills, such as language and walking, may be delayed significantly. Conversely, a very difficult skill may be acquired before something simpler.

What can I do to help my child?

Communicate your concerns with your pediatrician at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney. As our practice is your child's medical home, the doctor can refer you to specialists in autism who can more definitely diagnose the disorder and recommend home and school interventions.

On a day to day basis, remember that autism is not a disease. It is a brain difference which needs kindness, understanding, patience and consistency on the part of parents, peers, and teachers. At home, be sure to:

  • Establish regular routines for bedtime, meals, homework, and play
  • Praise positive behaviors
  • Be aware of your child's sensory sensitivities
  • Talk openly and frankly with extended family, friends, and educators about your child's needs
  • Accept your youngster for who he or she is

Contact us

Autism is not easy, but as parents and caregivers, we can help children with ASD lead happy, successful lives. If you have questions or concerns about this neuro-developmental disorder, please contact ABC Pediatrics in McKinney for a consultation. We are open Monday through Saturday. Phone (972) 569-9904.

By ABC PEDIATRICS
May 03, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: Autism  

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges. The thinking, learning, and problem-solving abilities of individuals with autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some individuals with autism need only a bit of help in their daily lives; others need more. While there's no cure for autism, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.

Overview

ASD is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 kids in America. Autism begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — at work, in school, and socially, for example. Often kids show symptoms of autism within the first year. Autism impacts how people perceive and socialize with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.

Symptoms

Autism can look different in different people. Kids with autism have a hard time interacting with others. Social skills difficulties are some of the most common signs. A child with ASD might want to have close relationships but not know how. Most have some problems with communication. Kids with ASD also act in ways that seem unusual. Examples of this can include repetitive behaviors like jumping, hand-flapping, constant moving, fixations on certain objects, fussy eating habits, impulsiveness, and aggressive behavior.

Causes

The exact cause of ASD is not known, but it's believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Research shows that ASD tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child with develop autism. Research also shows that certain environmental influences may increase autism risk in people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Researchers are exploring whether certain factors such as medications, viral infections, or complications during pregnancy play a role in triggering ASD.

Treatment

Treatment options may include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, behavior and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies, and medications. No medication can improve the core signs of ASD, but specific medications can help control symptoms. For example, antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat severe behavioral problems; certain medications may be prescribed if your child is hyperactive; and antidepressants may be prescribed for anxiety.


Autism can impact your child's quality of life. If you think your child may have autism, find a pediatrician near you and schedule a consultation. Proper diagnosis and treatment of autism can help your child live a happier, more successful life. The earlier children with autism get help, the greater their chance of treatment success.

By ABC PEDIATRICS - MCKINNEY
January 18, 2019
Tags: Autism  

Autism is an often-misunderstood disorder that affects 1 in every 59 children in the U.S., according to the National Autism Association. The exact cause of autism has not been clearly established, although research has demonstrated that genetics seem to play a strong role. Autism cannot be cured, but there are many treatment approaches for helping children with the disorder. Read on to learn more, and if you are concerned about that your child may have the condition, the doctors at ABC Pediatrics’ McKinney office are your pediatricians for the diagnosis and treatment of autism.

What is Autism?

Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects neurodevelopment in children. The condition is often associated with repetitive behaviors, communication difficulties, and cognitive and social impairments. As a spectrum disorder, these symptoms can also range from mild to severe. Although autism, can affect both boys and girls, according to the National Autism Association, boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.

Autism Signs

There are several early signs that could indicate that your child may have autism. Some of the most common symptomatic behaviors include:

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Preferring to be alone
  • Avoiding physical contact
  • Having delayed or no speech
  • Having minimal social skills
  • Having obsessive interests
  • Spinning in circles or rocking back and forth
  • Not responding when their name is called

If you notice these tendencies in your child, contact our McKinney office to see a pediatrician who can provide a proper diagnosis,

Treating Autism

While there is no cure, autism is treatable. In fact, early intervention and treatment provide the best opportunity for helping children with autism make forward progress in the areas in which they struggle, such as communication and social interactions. Some methods for treating the symptoms of autism include making specific dietary changes, behavioral intervention, and various therapies including speech, physical, occupational, and music therapies. Our pediatricians can recommend specific treatments or therapies for your child.

For the diagnosis and treatment of autism in McKinney, schedule an appointment with one of the caring pediatricians at ABC Pediatrics by calling (972) 569-9904. Remember, early discovery will do your child a world of good!