Autism is one type of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), once known as pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Other ASDs include Asperger's syndrome, and childhood disintegration disorder (CDD).
All children with an ASD find it hard to interact with people. But behaviour and symptoms can range from mild to severe. For example, your child might prefer to play alone and avoid eye contact. Or your child may be late to develop social or verbal skills.
One common symptom of children with ASDs is a fear of change. So your child may do things because of a need for comfort or sameness. For example, your child may rock his or her body. Or you may notice that your child gets attached to objects or repeats certain rituals and routines.
Some children with an ASD need help in most parts of their lives. Others attend school in a regular classroom and function at a high level.
Learning more about ASDs and getting treatment can help you and your child live the fullest lives possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Learn how to deal with your own emotions, fears, and concerns. Try the following tips.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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