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I suspect my child might be autistic, what do I do?

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Last Updated: 10/24/2017 at 6:07pm
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anaisabel
December 19th, 2014 8:39pm
If you suspect your child has autism (a developmental disorder characterized by difficulty with social skills, communication, and behavior), you can find information from various resources and professionals. I found this useful website that might give you some good and profesional advices: http://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/194_IThinkMyChildHasAutism.pdf
Stephen373
December 27th, 2014 4:13pm
With any illness or condition involving your child that is of concern to you I would contact your pediatrician and have them evaluate the child. If they feel there is cause to refer you further or begin evaluation for a specific condition, such as autism, they'll be able to guide you.
Lahnie
October 7th, 2014 6:49am
I thought that my little sister was autistic, I took her to her GP to ask for some help and advice. They were really great and referred her on to a company around here that specialises in child mental health. She's currently going through the assessment stages, but it looks like she's under to Autistic and Asperges scale. If it wasn't for the help my doctor gave us, I don't think we could've gotten this far on our own. I would strongly suggest you speak to your GP, your child doesn't have to be around at the time either usually.
Urgarlayessica88
October 29th, 2014 9:41pm
Try to get a doctors opinion on the matter, If your child is autistic the faster you and your family get them help the better it will be for the child and everyone around. wish the best for you and your family, for more info message me Urgarlayessica
neverletlifetakeyourspark
November 10th, 2014 12:29am
Don't make them worry about. Children have enough struggles as it is. Call a professional and tell them what is concerning you.
Mateia
November 16th, 2014 4:11pm
The first step is to ascertain what you are dealing with and then to take it from there. So firstly take your child to a medical specialist who deals regularly with Autism. If this doctor thinks it necessary he/she will refer your child for screening. There are various screening tests available of which the ADOS is still the gold standard. The ADOS is not like a test in the regular sense of the word, it is more like a series of games which the administrator plays with the child. It depends on the age of the child whether the parent(s) should be and can be present during the screening. This process is usually done within a team of professionals and is not a simple matter. Recently the classification for Autism has changed (DSM V). Asperger's for example does not form part of the classification system any more and a child can be diagnosed as "on the Autism Spectrum". If this is the case, you can be referred to various specialists who can help you and your child. Parents of autistic kids can go through tremendous stress. This time of uncertainty can be especially difficult. Keep in mind that you as the parent also need compassion and care.
ButterflySparkle34spreadyourwingsandfly
December 9th, 2014 12:01pm
First thing that you would want to do is make an appointment with your doctor. This way your doctor can diagnose if it is autism and if so they will refer you to where and what you need to do next.
Aliebug0630
December 29th, 2014 4:48am
you should take your child to the nearest behavioral health center for children and have him tested.
thelightisinside
January 3rd, 2015 9:10pm
Search for some doctors' opinions and he'll tell you the best thing to do, autism isn't something to search on the internet, it's serious.
Alwaysdreamin
April 10th, 2015 9:50pm
In my experience working with children, early intervention is the most important thing you can do for your child. Would you be able to talk to your pediatrician about your concerns. They will let you know if they feel that other tests could be necessary. Also, talk to your daycare provider or teacher if you have one and ask what they notice about your child and his or her behaviors. Getting early intervention will help your child learn to live with autism if they do in fact have it.
listeningearson
May 15th, 2015 6:56pm
The best thing to do is consult with a professional and of course be supporting and loving. Patience is also very important.
Anonymous
May 18th, 2015 2:32pm
If you suspect your child has autism, you should go to your child's doctor and ask for a test or two. My parents suspected I was autistic when I was two and got help immediately. Now I act like any kid without a disability except for my low days.
Anonymous
May 22nd, 2015 5:51pm
Go get a treatment first before suspecting, that can lead to many dangerous things, if you go to a expert its a 98% they will figure it out, all it takes is one appointment and they could figure that out, autism also mocks ADHD.
LetsTalkAboutThis
August 10th, 2015 9:06pm
Autism is kind of challenging test for parents. But 1 child in 150 has autism in the world. You should get informed about this and be patience.
Briana98
August 12th, 2015 7:05pm
While I'm not an adult, I do have two brothers on the autism spectrum. I think the best thing to start with, as many others have stated here, is to get your child tested. Suspecting won't exactly get you anywhere. Once you know what you're dealing with, and where on the spectrum your child is, you can go forth with treatment options and such. There's a ton of websites dedicated to educating and supporting people with autism as well as their caretakers, so I'm sure a simple google search will give you plenty to work with in that area. I think the most important thing to understand in this situation is that there is nothing "wrong" with your child. They just think differently and have some troubles understanding certain things. You have to be patient and understanding. Perhaps more so with an autistic child than a "normal" one. Another thing is that your child may not be entirely "cured" by therapy and whatever else the doctors tell suggest for your son. Some children with autism grow up to still have very noticeable symptoms and effects of it, and there's not much that you can do about that. Take things as they come. Make sure you build a support system for yourself as well as your son because you will need it.
Anonymous
August 13th, 2015 6:48am
If you feel that your child is exhibiting symptoms of Autism (now called Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD), it is important to first remind yourself that they are still the child who you have loved and cared for until now. Then, it is generally useful to make an appointment for an evaluation. Typically if you take your child to the pediatrician, they can provide you with a referral to a psychologist for an evaluation. I actually do ASD evaluations regularly. It's not difficult, it will not hurt your child, and your child may even have fun depending on the type of testing that is done. Testing is important because it can provide an accurate diagnosis which can lead to appropriate services (such as behavioral support at school) being available for your child.
Anonymous
March 21st, 2016 10:31am
You let him growmto his full potential. Autism in some forms is indeed an unmatched blessing. We can never be too sure
Greatlistener87
May 31st, 2016 4:11am
Get your child checked and get a doctor to confirm that indeed your child is autistic. Then follow the instruction of the doctor on what you have to do next.
Anonymous
August 4th, 2016 8:59pm
Do you know for sure? If not, you can ask a doctor. Some signs are inappropriate social interaction, poor eye contact, compulsive behavior, repetitive movements, self-harm, or persistent repetition of words or actions. Learning disability or speech delay in a child is an early warning. There can be intense interest in a limited number of things or problem paying attention. Lots of support, doctors' tips, therapy, meditating, and trusted medicines can help a child with autism.
Katie2611
October 24th, 2017 6:07pm
You take your child in your arms and love them regardless, the doctors will be able to help you guide for a path for autism and everything will be okay. The child will need your support and love, that's the most important thing!