Pediatrician located in Miami, FL
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 Q & A
What is 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.
What causes autism?
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.
What are the symptoms of autism?
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.
What treatments are available?
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.
Is there a cure for autism?
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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Words from our patients
"Dr. Alvaro Dangond is the best pediatrician. Very caring and always nice to my kids. His practice is very professional and always ready to help when needed."
"He has been my son's pediatrician since birth and is very thorough. He's very knowledgeable and caring."
"All of the doctors are amazing here and the staff! They are so thorough and responsive."
"Super sweet with the kids and he spends the right time to see them and answer all the question you would have. Available 24/7 if you need them."
"Dr Dangond makes sure you understand what he is explaining to you. More than anything he is an excellent human being."
"We have been going for 16 years! I trust no one else with my children!"