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, 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.
The core symptoms of autism cause social communication challenges and restricted or repetitive behaviors. For example, some of the common signs of autism include:
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.
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.
Depending on your child’s specific needs, referrals will be made for specific treatment programs that may include:
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.