Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have, however, it can also be a worrisome one. With so many illnesses and external occurrences that can affect our children, it’s imperative that we remain vigilant and pay special attention to any abnormal behavior they may be displaying. We may not be able to help with external factors but our San Antonio pediatric services can help in protecting your child’s overall health and well-being.
April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month so today, we’ll be discussing the signs of pediatric autism as well as what you can do to help your child cope. As your child’s San Antonio pediatrician, our goal is to ensure that your child receives the best care for their well-being as well as provide you with the information you need to continue with your child’s care at home.
It’s a scary thing for a parent to consider, but the reality is that 1 in every 44 children is diagnosed with some form of autism (according to the CDC). This doesn’t mean you automatically need to have your child tested for pediatric autism by their San Antonio pediatrician. There are signs, however, that every parent should be aware of when it comes to determining if their child needs to be tested.
Various ages produce various milestones with the lack of achieving those milestones being signs it’s time to have your child tested. When they’re six months old, it’s important to note if they are not exhibiting joyful expressions or are making little to no eye contact. At 12 months, it’s important to note if they are lacking in back-and-forth gestures, babbling, or if they’re not responding to their name.
As they grow older, it’s important to note if their speech or communication abilities have not advanced, if they show a lack of empathy for the feelings of others, or have a repetitive set of behaviors. Any of these symptoms, as well as others, are signs that it may be time to bring in the help of San Antonio pediatrics for a diagnosis and options for ongoing care.
After a Pediatric Autism Diagnosis
At Parsi Pediatrics, one of our pediatric specialties is working with children who have been diagnosed with pediatric autism as well as other mental health disorders. Our board-certified San Antonio pediatricians are trained in pediatric autism diagnostics as well as managing these disorders.
Additionally, our Pediatricians participate in the CPAN (Child Psychiatry Access Network) and can quickly consult a Pediatric Psychiatrist about your child’s specific needs if needed. This means not having to wait months for input from a psychiatrist.
Our San Antonio Pediatric Services Are Here For You and Your Child
A pediatric autism diagnosis can be a little scary to receive but as your child’s San Antonio pediatrician, their needs are our priority. At Parsi Pediatrics, you are not alone. We will work with you and your child to ensure they continue to develop and thrive under their pediatric autism diagnosis. If you believe your child is exhibiting signs of autism, contact us to schedule an appointment at 210.561.1551. Our team will assess your child and provide you with options as well as information on how to move forward following a pediatric autism diagnosis.