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Autism: Early Detection and How Therapy Can Help

a child looking away at a playgroundWhen a baby is born, everything is brand new to her. Sounds, sunlight, tastes, and emotions all come with a “New” tag. This is, after all, their time of learning about the world that surrounds them. As a baby develops, she will begin to show her personality, even if it simply manifests in giggles or smiles. Parents often have a trajectory in mind for how their child will develop, especially in the early stages. When this trajectory isn’t followed by the baby, however, parents begin to worry. Autism spectrum disorder can manifest in children as young as 18 months of age. Pasitos Clinic is here to let you know that there’s nothing to be afraid of! If you notice these signs in your child, we’ll be able to provide assistance as soon as possible. Continue reading to learn more about early autism detection and about what can be done.

Autism Explained

In general, developmental delays can be identified at 18 months. At this age, babies should begin to smile, hold eye contact, and babble. Children who do not partake in any of these actions may be displaying signs of autism. You see, as a developmental disorder, children with autism have difficulties communicating and interacting with those around them. Although autism can’t be cured, it can be treated and starting treatment at an early age will be beneficial for the patient and the family. There are many obvious signs of autism that can manifest throughout the life of a child. Perhaps your baby doesn’t lift up her arms in the anticipation of being picked up. Or, perhaps, the baby doesn’t react (be it positively or negatively) to games such as peek-a-boo. These signs can lead to an autism diagnosis. By the age of 9 months, your child should begin to respond to her name. If she isn’t, it may be time to have her checked by a pediatrician.

How We Can Help

Autism can be treated with a variety of therapies. Medicinal intervention is often not required. Pasitos Clinic provides behavioral, physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children with autism. These types of therapy often appear like simple games, such as matching objects or playing. Through play, the child will be able to form a positive connection with the therapy sessions. If your child doesn’t seem to be developing as she should be, call Pasitos Clinic. We’re ready to help. And, remember, early intervention can change lives!

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