What Should I Do If I Suspect My Child Has Autism?

by | Nov 7, 2017 | Psychotherapist

Autism spectrum disorders are a concern for many modern parents. With a growing number of children being diagnosed with some form of autism annually – and still no clear-cut cause or trigger for the condition – early diagnosis and treatment through therapy and other means is an important part of helping children with autism live full, productive and happy lives.

What should you do if you suspect your child has autism? Luckily, there are fairly universal developmental markers that can be used as part of your home evaluation for your child, and will lend great insight to your healthcare provider should you need to seek additional autism neuropsychological assessment.

Listen to Your Doctor

Your pediatrician and other healthcare providers for your child will assess your child’s development at regular intervals during their first two years. At these assessments, developmental markers such as communication, movement, socialization and development and sharing of interests with others will be evaluated, and feedback will be offered. If your healthcare provider believes your child is not on target, they may recommend autism neuropsychological assessment.

Watch and Understand Your Child

Every child develops differently. However, if you notice any major lags or gaps in your child’s development, don’t be afraid to seek treatment or recommendations for what you can do to help bridge these gaps for your child. If your child does have autism, early diagnosis will make for a better educational career and more success in school, work and life for them. Doctors and educators have their place in your child’s treatment team, but only you see your child at home and out, every day.

Consult a Professional

If you suspect your child has autism but your pediatrician is wary of recommending you to a specialist just yet, get a second opinion. For more information about pediatric autism assessment, treatment and therapy, contact the office of Dr. Joshua Shifrin of New Jersey. You can connect with them on Google+ for more updates!

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