Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder with varied symptoms typically involving communication and interaction difficulties, restrictive interests, repetitive behaviors, and sensory sensitivities.
If you think your child may have ASD, or if someone such as a teacher has suggested it, the Behavioral Health Clinic (BHC) team at Angel Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, Florida, can help. The BHC is a cooperative effort between your physician and psychologist at Angel Kids Pediatrics.
Our experts work together in diagnosing, treating, and managing ASD. Here, they break down what every parent should know about this disorder that affects 1 in 44 children in our country.
Every child’s set of symptoms is unique. ASD is referred to as a spectrum because of its variety of symptoms and the range of intensity of each.
Autism is seen more than four times among boys than girls but impacts all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
While children with ASD generally have difficulties with social interaction and communication, restrictive interests, and/or sensory sensitivities, not all children with ASD show all these signs. At the same time, some children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why a professional evaluation is essential. To request an assessment from our experts, click here.
Some children exhibit ASD symptoms within the first 12 months of life. Others may not show any signs until 24 months of age or later. However, by 12 months, an experienced professional can make a reliable diagnosis. Don’t let fear prevent you from seeking an assessment for your child.
Research shows that children diagnosed earlier and who receive early intervention achieve better outcomes. Interventions implemented before age 4 are associated with significant gains in cognition, language, and adaptive behavior and improvements in daily living skills and social behavior.
Because each child with ASD has unique strengths and challenges, our treatment approach is always personalized. Some children may require a lot of help daily, while others can work and live with limited support. Though there is no cure for ASD, today, we have many tools and therapies to help minimize symptoms and maximize abilities.
Wherever your child is on the spectrum, we aim to help them reach their full potential. We start by getting to know your child through in-person or telehealth evaluations, then work with your family to create an effective treatment plan.
We offer an evaluation that may determine if your child is showing signs of autism. Call us or request an appointment using the online booking tool.