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Suspecting Autism Diagnosis In Children

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When there’s a suspicion that a child might have autism, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and concerned. However, it’s important to remember that there are many resources available in the United States to help families get a diagnosis. 

The first step is to talk to the child’s pediatrician. The doctor can conduct a preliminary assessment and, if necessary, refer the child to an autism specialist. They can also provide information about local resources available to families of children with autism. 

In some cases, parents may also want to seek a second opinion. They can look for an autism specialist or neurologist in their area. 

African American female doctor communicating with mother and son during medical examination at pediatrician's office.

Once a diagnosis is made, it’s important to seek support as soon as possible. There are many different types of therapies available to help children with autism develop social, communicative, and behavioral skills. These may include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and behavioral therapy. It’s important to remember that autism is a spectrum that manifests differently in each individual, so having a team of professionals you trust, support, and guidance from is crucial. Not all options work for every child, so researching each alternative before making decisions is necessary. 

Additionally, there are many nonprofit organizations and support groups for families of children with autism. These organizations can provide additional information and resources, as well as a place to connect with other families going through the same experience. 

If you suspect your child might have autism, don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician and insist on exploring the diagnosis further. Sometimes autism presents itself in nearly imperceptible ways, but it should never be underestimated. The good news is that with the right tools and community support, children with autism can lead happy and healthy lives.

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