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.
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.
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.
|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
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.
Our clinic offers child developmental screening by a specialist.
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.
For more information:
Child Development Neuropsychiatric Clinic, Bangkok Child Health Center, Bangkok Hospital
4th Floor, Bangkok Hospital Building
Call 0-23103006, 0-2310-1006
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