Autism Early Intervention
My friend John whose son was diagnosed with autism, he saw his son very less attentive when he used to call him with his name. “Lucas! Lucas!”, he kept on calling once but his baby boy wasn’t responding. He went to get him examined from Doctor, Doctor asked him a few questions and suggested him few tests for diagnosing his son’s pathological issue. John was glad to see that nothing was wrong with hearing ability of his son. However, as the time passes, he saw his son was very less interactive and less social. His son used to be repeating the same sound time and again and very less communicative comparative to his other kids. Now John had a deep concern and anxiety about his son and went to get his son diagnosed from a psychologists. He went to psychologist who asked him these question.
- Does your kid pass big smiles of have any joyful expressions when you arrive at home?
- Does he share the back-and-forth sounds, smiles etc.?
- Was he doing babbling properly when he became 1 year old?
- Does he point to thins and ask for any object pointing to any?
- Does he repeat meaningless words?
These five questions are very important when you kid is growing to a mature age. John had all the answers with, “No”. He was deeply concerned about his son’s growing age along with development delays.
There are numerous content over internet related to development delays and autism, when you can find the symptoms of autism. However, still the real core cause of autism is unknown.
If your child is developmentally delayed, or if you’ve observed other red flags for autism, schedule an appointment with your pediatrician right away. In fact, it’s a good idea to have your child screened by a doctor even if he or she is hitting the developmental milestones on schedule. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children receive routine developmental screenings, as well as specific screenings for autism at 9, 18, and 30 months of age.
Schedule an autism screening
Various specific screening devices have been produced to distinguish kids at risk for autism. The greater part of these screening devices are fast and clear, comprising of yes-or-no inquiries or an agenda of manifestations. Your pediatrician should also get your feedback regarding your child’s behavior.
See a developmental specialist.
If your pediatrician detects signs of autism during the screening, your child should be referred to a specialist for a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Screening tools can’t be used to make a diagnosis that is why further assessment is needed. A specialist can conduct a number of autism-related tests to determine whether or not your child has autism. Although many clinicians will not diagnose a toddler with autism before 30 months of age, they will be able to use screening techniques to determine when a cluster of symptoms associated with autism is present.
Search early intervention services.
The diagnostic process for autism is sometimes very difficult and can take a long time. But you can take benefit of treatment as soon as you suspect your kid has developmental delays. Ask your pediatrician to refer you to early intervention services. In many developed countries, early intervention is a federally funded program for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Children who demonstrate several early warning signs may have few or more developmental delays. They will benefit from early intervention whether or not they meet the complete criteria for an autism spectrum disorder. In other words, there is more risk involved in the wait-and-see approach than in receiving early intervention.