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We sat down with our own, Dr. Nina Goudis, to get answers to questions on every parents mind who questions if their child has Autism.
Is there a key characteristic a parent should look for to determine if their child needs an autism evaluation?
Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by deficits in social communication and restricted/repetitive interests/behaviors. The manifestation of such symptomatology can vary depending on a child’s age and developmental level. In early development, deficits in social communication may include delayed language acquisition, poor eye-contact and response to name, limited use of gestures, and a reduced interest in social interaction or play with others. A child may also present with an interest that appears excessive or odd, repetitive motor (e.g., flapping their hands, rocking) or play (e.g., lining up toys, stacking objects) behaviors, difficulties with transitions, or sensory sensitivities.
How does a parent recognize if it’s “just a phase” or Autism?
To diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder, psychologists look for clusters of behaviors that persist over time. If your child is having difficulty communicating or interacting appropriately with others, or presents with restricted/repetitive interests/behaviors noted above, we suggest you discuss your concerns with your pediatrician or schedule a psychological evaluation.
What is the first step a parent should take if they suspect Autism?
A family can contact their pediatrician and/or schedule an intake appointment with our Neuropsychology Department to discuss their concerns and assess whether their child may benefit from a comprehensive evaluation.
What can a parent expect with the first appointment?
During an intake appointment, we will gather information about your child’s overall development. If we believe your child may benefit from an evaluation, we will schedule a subsequent testing session to gather additional information. We will also provide you with objective behavior rating forms to complete at home. We will typically have a feedback appointment two weeks after the testing session to review results, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations.
What is the first thing you say to a parent after receiving a diagnosis?
That there is hope! We know from decades of research that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can make significant gains with evidenced-based treatment. We are here to support your family and foster your child’s development every step of the way!
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