Autism is a condition that makes it difficult for a child to communicate and build relationships with others. Dangond Pediatrics knows how to recognize the signs of this condition and diagnose it early. The practice offers a range of treatment options for patients with autism.
Autism spectrum disorders are serious neurodevelopmental disorders that impact a child’s ability to engage in social interaction, behave normally, and learn. These disorders range in severity. Some children with an autism spectrum disorder may experience mild symptoms that are barely noticeable, while other children may struggle with significant impairment throughout their lives.
Researchers haven’t yet identified a specific cause of autism. They suspect that both genetics and environment play a role in the development of this condition. Studies show that several genes may contribute to autism. In addition, exposure to air pollutants and certain complications during pregnancy may be involved as well.
Some scientists once believed that vaccinations contributed to the development of autism, but multiple studies have found no link between vaccines and autism spectrum disorders.
The symptoms of autism vary, but they usually include problems with social interactions and behavior. For example, children with an autism spectrum disorder may fail to respond when their name is called, or they may avoid eye contact. They may also be uncomfortable with affection or touch of any kind. In addition, many children with autism develop repetitive behaviors, such as constant movement, hand flapping, or head banging.
Children with autism have varying levels of intelligence. Some children may learn more slowly, while other children with autism may be quick to pick up new knowledge and skills.
Our doctors often recommend behavioral therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders. Some medications may improve the symptoms of autism, although they’re unlikely to resolve the underlying disorder itself.
Every child with autism is unique. With early treatment, many children with autism can live full, productive lives.
At this time, there’s no known cure for autism spectrum disorders. With the right treatment, though, most children with these disorders improve. Research in this field is ongoing, and doctors are always looking for new treatments.
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