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By Northside Pediatrics Associates
September 26, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Autism  

At one point in history, perhaps a generation or two ago, autism was poorly understood, under-diagnosed, and inappropriately treated. Today, most people with autism are diagnosed by the time they are 2 or 3 years old, even earlier in some cases. That's why it's so important to stay current with your child's visits to their pediatrician at Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX. Below, Dr Ayotunde Faweya offers some information about the facts and myths associated with autism.

What autism is

Autism is what's known as a spectrum disorder; this means that it has varying degrees of severity, presentation, and effects. In general, autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, affects the neurological system and causes challenges with the way a person relates to others and their surroundings. ASD can also have medical issues that go along with it; digestive and sleep problems often occur. The complex nature of ASD means that its causes are complicated to narrow down. Exposure to infection, medication, chemicals, or other substances may affect a developing fetus' brain; problems with the digestive or immune system after birth may also play a role in the development of autism.

What autism ISN'T

Although ASD is more recognized than it was in years past, it is still misunderstood by the general public and many pervasive untruths continue to circulate on social media and beyond. One thing we know is that autism is not caused by vaccination; this rumor was based on falsified research from many decades ago, but concern still persists that responsibly vaccinating a child against potentially deadly diseases can trigger the development of autism. ASD is also not an intellectual disability or a mental illness, although some of the same interventions may be helpful. Your Conroe, TX, pediatrician will help direct you to the best resources for managing your child's ASD in an appropriate way.

The important thing to remember is that early intervention is key to successful management of ASD. If you think your baby or toddler may have ASD, contact your pediatrician at Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Faweya today!

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
May 07, 2019
Category: Child Healthcare
Tags: Autism  

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges. The thinking, learning, and problem-solving abilities of individuals with autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some individuals with autism need only a bit of help in their daily lives; others need more. While there's no cure for autism, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.

Overview

ASD is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 kids in America. Autism begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — at work, in school, and socially, for example. Often kids show symptoms of autism within the first year. Autism impacts how people perceive and socialize with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.

Symptoms

Autism can look different in different people. Kids with autism have a hard time interacting with others. Social skills difficulties are some of the most common signs. A child with ASD might want to have close relationships but not know how. Most have some problems with communication. Kids with ASD also act in ways that seem unusual. Examples of this can include repetitive behaviors like jumping, hand-flapping, constant moving, fixations on certain objects, fussy eating habits, impulsiveness, and aggressive behavior.

Causes

The exact cause of ASD is not known, but it's believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Research shows that ASD tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child with develop autism. Research also shows that certain environmental influences may increase autism risk in people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Researchers are exploring whether certain factors such as medications, viral infections, or complications during pregnancy play a role in triggering ASD.

Treatment

Treatment options may include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, behavior and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies, and medications. No medication can improve the core signs of ASD, but specific medications can help control symptoms. For example, antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat severe behavioral problems; certain medications may be prescribed if your child is hyperactive; and antidepressants may be prescribed for anxiety.


Autism can impact your child's quality of life. If you think your child may have autism, find a pediatrician near you and schedule a consultation. Proper diagnosis and treatment of autism can help your child live a happier, more successful life. The earlier children with autism get help, the greater their chance of treatment success.