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I Think My Child Might Have Autism: What Can I Do?

Autism causes a range of symptoms affecting a child’s ability to communicate verbally and nonverbally and to relate themselves to others and the physical world, keeping them from thinking and acting in a flexible way. 

These effects typically emerge in early childhood, and prompt intervention helps a child’s ability to cope with autism and avoid developmental issues due to the disorder. How, though, does a parent recognize these early signs and more importantly, how should they act on their suspicions? 

A close relationship with a pediatrician like Dr 2 Kids, Smita Tandon MD is often key to the successful diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Tandon and her team offer specialty autism support, from screening to care plans. 

If you think your child might have autism, contact our office as soon as possible. 

Early signs of autism

Recognizing actions and behaviors that might indicate ASD isn’t always easy, particularly when your child is very young. Signs and symptoms of autism can also be quite varied and individual. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) breaks down potential ASD behaviors into three groups. 

Communication and social interaction

Communication and social performance is often different for those with ASD. Watch your child for characteristics such as: 

Unusual behaviors or interests

A child with ASD may have repetitive or restricted behaviors and interests. These can include: 

Other ASD characteristics

As a result of ASD, sometimes other common characteristics emerge. Watch for things like: 

Any of these traits may be cause to investigate possible autism with Dr. Tandon and her team. 

I think my child might have autism. What can I do? 

Once you suspect autistic tendencies, the next step is a diagnostic evaluation. We can help you with that by arranging screenings to better identify the specific challenges your child may face. 

Upon confirming an ASD diagnosis, we’ll develop a care plan to ease your child into productive social and communicative behaviors. We also interact directly with child care and schools to assure that these providers understand the unique aspects of your child’s condition. 

Call or click today to book an ASD assessment with Dr 2 Kids, Smita Tandon MD.

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