Autism

Montgomery Pediatrics, Inc.

Pediatrics located in Cincinnati, OH

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one out of every 59 American children is living with autism. For families in and around Cincinnati, Ohio, who are concerned that their child may be autistic, the services at Montgomery Pediatrics can be a welcome resource and a source of comfort and support. To learn about autism evaluation and treatment options, call to request an appointment today.

Autism Q & A

What is autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions that are characterized by challenges with social skills, speech, and nonverbal communication. Children with autism often have restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviors, interests, and activities. It is a spectrum disorder, which means that are many diagnoses that fall under the umbrella of autism. 

Children with autism have astounding talents and gifts to share with the world but they also may have difficulty functioning and interacting with their environment. Children with autism benefit from specific behavioral and developmental therapies. Early diagnosis and treatment can help achieve optimal outcomes.

What causes autism?

Researchers believe that autism is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Certain influences seem to increase the risk of autism, but there is no clear cause. 

What researchers have been able to determine is that there is no link between childhood vaccines and the development of autism. Two decades of research have yielded a clear lack of a connection between vaccination and autism. 

What are some symptoms of autism?

Knowing what to look for can make it easier for parents to identify if something is atypical in their child’s development. Some of the indications of autism in very young children include:

  • Delays in verbalization
  • Few smiles or warm expressions
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Preference for solitude 
  • No interest in engaging with peers
  • Unusual reactions to sensory stimuli like sounds, textures, tastes, or colors
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Repetition of words or phrases
  • Unusual focus on parts of certain objects

If you notice these behaviors in your toddler or preschool-age child, it’s important to discuss them with your pediatrician. 

Can autism be treated?

There is no cure for autism, but treatment can help your child improve the skills they need to succeed at home, at school, and in social settings. Medications can help in cases where a child is hyperactive, overly anxious, or has severe behavioral problems. 

Very often, however, behavior and communication therapy is the best treatment path. Teaching your child to better recognize nonverbal cues, interact with others, and embrace functional communication skills are all areas of therapeutic focus. Once those skills become internalized they can make a world of difference for kids with autism. 

To learn more about autism evaluation and treatment, schedule an appointment today.