Outstanding Pediatric Care located in La Porte & Pasadena, TX
At Fairmont Pediatrics, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to all children, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We also understand that caring for a child with ASD can be challenging for parents, but rest assured that we are here to support you every step of the way.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child's ability to communicate, interact socially, and behave appropriately in different situations. The severity of symptoms can vary widely, which is why it is referred to as a "spectrum" disorder. Common signs of ASD include difficulty with communication, lack of eye contact, difficulty with social interactions, repetitive behaviors or routines, and difficulty with sensory processing.
How is Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosed?
Diagnosing ASD can be challenging, as there is no single test that can definitively diagnose the condition. Instead, a diagnosis is typically made based on a comprehensive evaluation that includes observing the child's behavior and developmental milestones, along with input from parents and other caregivers. In some cases, additional assessments such as cognitive or language testing may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
What is the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)?
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is a standardized evaluation tool that is considered the gold standard for diagnosing ASD. The ADOS is a structured observation of a child's behavior and communication skills in various social situations. It is conducted by a trained clinician who observes and rates the child's behavior using a set of specific criteria. The results of the ADOS evaluation are used to help diagnose ASD and determine the severity of symptoms.
What is the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)?
The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) is another commonly used tool for diagnosing ASD. The CARS is a questionnaire that is completed by a trained clinician or caregiver, which assesses a child's behavior, communication, and social interaction skills. The results of the CARS evaluation are used to help diagnose ASD and determine the severity of symptoms.
How can our clinic help?
At Fairmont Pediatrics, we believe in taking a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to treating children with ASD. This may include working with a team of professionals, including pediatricians and behavioral therapist to develop a customized treatment plan that meets the unique needs of each child.
If you suspect that your child may have ASD, don't hesitate to contact our clinic to schedule an evaluation.