Autistic disorder, or Autism, is a part of the developmental disorder group called the autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s). Autism is the most common condition of the ASD group, affecting approximately 1 in 68 children.
Children with autism may experience problems with social interaction, issues with communication (verbal and nonverbal), or have a need for routine. In some cases, autism may go unrecognized if a child only exhibits minor symptoms. We do not yet know the exact cause of the disorder, but genetics and environment are thought to be contributing factors.
Autism Testing & Treatment
Autism does not have a cure. However, with specialized therapy and behavioral treatments, some of the symptoms can be improved. Autism treatment has to be customized for each individual child because all children do not experience the same symptoms. For instance, some autistic children can function relatively normally around other kids their age, while others have severe trouble with social interactions.
During the initial appointment, we will have a chance to properly assess and test your child for autism. From there, we can come up with an effective treatment plan for their needs. Typically, the earlier your child is able to begin receiving treatment, the better.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your child, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us:
- Difficulty making friends within their age group
- Problems with verbal and nonverbal communication
- Obsessive behavior
- A need for routine/habit
- Symptoms similar to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
The symptoms of autism can get better as kids grow older. Many autistic children can live normal productive lives with the proper therapy and intervention. If their language skills start to decline early on (before 3 years old), children with autism could potentially have an increased risk of developing epilepsy.
Autism is constantly being researched by scientists and doctors, including Dr. Latimer. Organizations such as the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke have been working to learn more about this condition and the most effective treatment options. We strive to help children diagnosed with autism live normal or as close to normal as possible. Call the Latimer Neurology Center at (202) 625-4898 to schedule an appointment.