Autism Diagnosis: What You Can Expect

Parenting can be difficult, especially when faced with uncertainty about your child’s development. You may suspect that something is delaying your child’s development, or that perhaps you’re noticing signs of autism. Feeling overwhelmed is completely normal in such a circumstance. However,  some of that anxiety can be alleviated once you know what to anticipate.

 

UNDERSTANDING AUTISM

Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), encompasses a broad spectrum of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.The term ‘spectrum’ emphasizes the diverse ways in which autism manifests in different people. Each individual’s experience with autism is unique, resulting in varying support requirements.

Although autism is a lifelong condition, individuals with autism, both children and adults, can make significant progress and lead fulfilling lives when provided with appropriate and personalized support. Therefore, it’s essential for individuals with autism to have access to specialized services and professionals who comprehend their needs and possess expertise in nurturing their skills and strengths.

 

IDENTIFYING THE SIGNS

Identifying the Signs Autism symptoms vary from person to person. If your child isn’t progressing or learning at the same rate as their peers or exhibits any of the following signs, it may be wise to consult your pediatrician:

  • – Delayed speech and language skills
  • – Avoiding or not maintaining eye contact
  • – Repeating words or phrases repetitively
  • – Becoming overly upset by minor changes
  • – Narrow or obsessive interests
  • – Flapping hands, body rocking, or spinning in circles
  • – Displaying hyperactive, impulsive, or inattentive behavior

 

NEXT STEPS

If your pediatrician suspects autism, they may refer the child to a specialist for further evaluation, which may include:

  • – Examination of medical, psychological, and educational records
  • – Interview with parents
  • – Evaluation of cognitive, developmental, and adaptive skills
  • – Observation of your child’s play

 

Following an autism evaluation, a team of specialists will analyze the findings. If autism is diagnosed, the team will collaborate with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan typically includes therapies aimed at enhancing communication, social skills, and behavior.

At Key Connections ABA, we provide nationally accredited autism therapy services, creating custom treatment plans to meet the unique needs of your child.

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