Does my child have autism?

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Does my child have autism?

 

Raising a child is often one of the most challenging and joyous experience in a person’s life. However, some parents become concerned when their child appears to develop differently than others. In very young children, it can be hard to see the early signs of autism spectrum disorders. Some children have many of these early warning signs, whereas others may only have a few. The earlier in life autism can be identified and treated, the better. The earlier an intervention begins, the greater the chance for positive outcomes.


What is autism-like behavior?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is diagnosed based on the presence of multiple symptoms that disrupt a person’s ability to communicate, form relationships, explore, play, and learn. A child might have a few autism-like symptoms called pseudo-autism. Affected children are often less engaged in day to day social interactions. Parents might have no time to play or talk to the child. Also, constant use of technology such as smartphones is making today's children display borderline autistic behavior.


Autism vs autism-like behavior

There is an evidence that autism begins during pregnancy, however, cause of pseudo-autism is a lack of stimulation. This can be treated with appropriate stimulation and communication. Although autism is a lifelong disability that cannot be cured, if treatment begins early, it can vastly improve the outcome.



Signs that could indicate your child may have autism

Age

Symptoms

6 months  Lack of smiling or happy expressions
9 months  Rare imitation of social cues, not sharing expressions back and forth, no facial expressions
12 months  Unresponsive to name, no blowing bubbles
18 months  Lack of gesturing, no imitations or play skills


If your child has any of the above symptoms, you should consult a child development specialist



How to avoid pseudo-autism?


  • Talk to your child often

    Talking with your baby or toddler can help their language and communication development. This is because parents who talk a lot to their young children use lots of different sounds and words. When children hear more words, it helps to improve their understanding of languages, and increases the number and variety of words that they can understand and use. Two way communication between adult-child, teacher-student, and friend-friend, can promote language and communication skills.

  • Keep smartphones away

    Avoid giving smartphones or tablets to children younger than 18 months. For kids older than 18 months, limit screen time to less than 1 hour a day.  Encourage your child to indulge in indoor and outdoor games. Play role-plays with them. Create new opportunities to keep them engaged , such as inviting their friends for play-dates at home, involving them in painting, and teaching them to ride a bicycle



The earlier pseudo-autism can be identified and treated, the better

If your child has autism-like symptoms, do not panic. With proper treatment, the condition will get better in 6 months. If you are not sure whether your child has the condition, you should consult a child development specialist. Early diagnosis is important, as your child’s brain develops in the first five years of life.



Every concerns will be addressed at Child Development Clinic, Bangkok Child Health Center

Our clinic offers child developmental screening by a specialist.

  • Child developmental screening
  • Ages and stages developmental screening
  • Preschool screening and assessment (Pre-academic skills)

Developmental screening tools

 

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)
  • Denver Developmental Screening Test
  • Mullen Scales of Early Learning
  • Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function – Preschool version (BRIEF-P) – most widely used as standardized test

 

At Child Development Neuropsychiatric Clinic, we partner with families to support the developmental needs of children where they live, play and grow. Our experienced team is composed of child development pediatricians, pediatric and adolescent psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and specialized teachers. We are here to help you better understand your child’s behavior and guide you through the steps you can take to help him or her thrive at school and home.

 

All children deserve the opportunity to develop their potential. Give your child a strong start for a bright future.

 

Reference:

  • Dr.Mantana Chalanun, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Bangkok Child Health Center, Bangkok Hospital
  • Child Development Book

For more information:

Child Development Neuropsychiatric Clinic, Bangkok Child Health Center, Bangkok Hospital

4th Floor, Bangkok Hospital Building

Call 0-23103006, 0-2310-1006

Email: [email protected]