Autism

Northlake Children's Associates, P.A.

Pediatric Care & Pediatricians located in Mooresville, NC

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sometimes referred to as autism, affects approximately 1 in 59 children in the United States. At Northlake Children’s Associates, PA, in Mooresville, North Carolina, Mary-Margaret James, MD, and Majé Goodwin, MD, diagnose autism and offer customized treatment plans to help your child thrive. If you’re concerned that your child has autism, call or schedule an assessment online today.

Autism Q & A

What is autism?

Autism, or ASD, is a range of conditions that cause challenges with verbal and nonverbal communication skills, social skills, and repetitive behaviors. A variety of genetic and environmental factors influence your child's chances of having an autism spectrum disorder.

There is a wide range of ASD subtypes. However, as a spectrum disorder, children with autism experience a unique collection of symptoms to varying degrees. Some children with autism will need significantly more support than others who may be able to live entirely independent lives.

Children with autism usually show signs as early as 2-3 years old, although your child may show signs earlier or later, depending on their specific needs. If your child has autism, early intervention is essential to their overall well-being.

What are the signs of autism?

The core symptoms of autism cause social communication challenges and restricted or repetitive behaviors. For example, some of the common signs of autism include:

  • Limited or absent eye contact
  • Delayed speech and communication skills
  • Reliant on rules and routines, and getting upset by variation
  • Unexpected reactions to sensory stimulation
  • Problems understanding other people’s emotions
  • Extremely focused on a narrow range of topics or objects
  • Repetitive movements, such as rocking or hand-flapping

 

If you’re concerned about autism or your child’s development, make an appointment with the pediatric specialists at Northlake Children’s Associates for expert diagnosis and treatment.

How is autism diagnosed?

There’s no single test to identify autism. However, the doctors at Northlake Children’s Associates provide thorough discussions about the condition and then will refer to a Diagnostic Specialist if indication. In addition to aiding in your child’s diagnosis, testing can also provide details about their developmental delays and learning challenges. You don’t need to wait for a formal diagnosis of autism to start seeking services to help your child.

How is autism treated?

Depending on your child’s specific needs, referrals will be made for specific treatment programs that may include:

  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Occupational therapy
  • Floortime
  • Speech therapy
  • Autism Services

 

There’s a wide range of therapies designed to help your child develop the skills they need to communicate and lead a fulfilling life.

Call Northlake Children’s Associates or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and treatments to help your child with autism.