Early checkups of any ailment lead to early diagnosis and treatment. Early diagnosis of Autism helps your child in many ways, including taking precautionary measures against the disorder. It gives hope to a child and the family members, other than waiting and diagnosing it later. Let’s check how this helps your child.
Early Intervention Improves the Outcome
According to health professionals, early diagnosis helps to come with treatment for Autism. When your child shows autism disorder symptoms at an early stage, consulting a doctor earlier is beneficial. Early intervention helps to get the best possible outcomes of any illness, including the cure or therapies. Early diagnosis is an avenue for better understating of the child by the family. Since Autism cannot get cured, early diagnosis also helps develop the best treatment measures, reducing its impact on the child’s social interaction, interests, and behavior.
What Does Early Intervention Improve?
When you diagnose Autism early, your intervention will improve so many things in the child. Some of the things you can improve are their communication skills, interpersonal skills, cognitive functioning, play skills, responsibility, and motor skills. You will also get them the best schools according to their situation early. With early autism intervention, you get to reduce autism symptoms and problem behaviors caused by the disorder being unattended.
What Are The Red Flags to Check-in Autism?
When you learn the early signs of Autism with your child, you will react early to salvage the situation. There are so many red flags you can check to identify if your child has Autism. According to these telltale signs, if your child has less social skills, more visual thinking, less sensory processing, and a sudden development in special interest, you need to see a doctor. If your child has the below milestone delays, there is an urgent need to see a doctor.
- Six months: the baby neither smiles nor puts on any joyful expressions.
- Nine months: the child does not share any facial expressions, sounds, or smiles.
- Twelve months: the baby does not respond to their name, any babbling or baby talk.
- Sixteen months: the baby neither talks nor utters a word.
- Twenty-four months: there will be no meaningful word expressions from the child. They do not imitate or repeat said words.
If your child is experiencing the above and other more issues, you need to consult a professional and let them check for the disorder.
What Happens During Autism Evaluation?
First, if you see your child having signs of Autism, you need to get help from a primary medical practitioner. They will conduct a developmental screening for your child, usually done between 18 and 24 months. Depending on the outcome, the child can get referred to an early intervention agency, clinic, or any other program to be evaluated further.
During the evaluation, a detailed observation is usually done, including interaction with the child and looking back into the family history to identify the cause. A detailed report gets issued after the evaluation, and a meeting with the family and professional is always necessary to discuss the results and ways forward.
What does the Autism Evaluation Entail?
During the evaluation, several interviews, assessments, and observations get done on the below areas:
- Social communication and child’s play
- Language and child’s development
- Motor development
- Any presence of restrictive and repetitive behaviors
- Child’s response to sensory input
- Adaptive behaviors which include the child response to tasks such as feeding, dressing, bathing, among others
- Their full medical and development history
- General hearing and vision capabilities
What are The Actions After a Child is Diagnosed with Autism?
Since Autism is incurable, only preventive measures are necessary. The child will need support, care, and help from the family and also guidance in all ways. For non-social behaviors,you may choose therapy, e.g., speech or behavior, have a personal interaction with the child, such as the use of non-verbal cues if they can’t communicate. When the child attains the age of going to school, enroll them in special schools to learn at their pace. The parent as well can opt for respite care to take breaks on caregiving as it’s overwhelming.
With Autism, you don’t take the ‘wait and see’ approach. There is no time, especially when it concerns children as it affects their development. Action needs to be urgently taken when your child fails to reach the expected milestones. Early diagnosis will lead to early intervention, reducing the outcomes of Autism. We hope this article will help you a lot, especially if you suspect your child has Autism.