Autism is a
Its symptoms vary in degree and frequency, and it affects each person differently.
Autism can impact social interaction,
communication, behavior, and interests.
1 in 36 children in the United States has been diagnosed with autism.
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), commonly known as autism, is a neurodevelopmental condition that can affect how your child communicates, interacts with others, and perceives the world.
It’s important to keep in mind that autism is a spectrum disorder. This means it can present with a range of symptoms and severity. If you have concerns about your child’s development, we can help. Contact us to learn more or schedule an evaluation.
What causes autism?
While many factors are correlated with the development of autism, experts still don’t fully understand its causes. Research suggests that a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental influences–rather than one singular cause–play a role in most cases.
What are the signs of autism?
Autism affects all kids differently, and the age and intensity of its early signs can vary. Some infants may show hints of autism in their first few months, while for others, behaviors may become obvious as late as age two or three.
Not all children with autism show all of the signs, and many children who don’t have autism may display some of them. That’s why seeking a professional evaluation is crucial if you suspect your child may have autism.
How is autism diagnosed?
Autism cannot be diagnosed through bloodwork or traditional medical tests. It requires developmental monitoring, screening, and formal evaluation. Recognizing your child’s unique development is the initial step towards understanding their needs better and, ultimately, providing them with the right support.
Autism is typically diagnosed through a two-step process. First, your pediatrician conducts a developmental screening—a brief assessment to ensure your child is acquiring fundamental skills at the appropriate stages. If there are any areas that require further exploration, your child will be referred for step two, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. This is a thorough review that may include looking at your child’s behavior and development, interviewing parents, and conducting a series of tests.
While this process may feel overwhelming, it’s important to remember that a diagnosis isn’t a label—it’s a tool. It helps us understand your child better, so we can provide the right kind of support. And remember, we’re here to help–providing guidance, reassurance, and the tools you need to navigate treatment.
If your child has an autism diagnosis or you think they may have autism, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
Contact us to learn more, or schedule your consultation today.