Autism

Autism and Your Child Explained

Dr. Robert Lowenstein and Dr. John Carosso of the Community Psychiatric Centers, welcome you to call one of their locations in Pittsburg, Monroeville, Greensburg, Monessen, North Hills, and McCandless, PA, to discuss any questions regarding autism and your child.

Autism and Your Child

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be daunting for parents with a child who has suspected ASD, but working with your child's doctor to discuss testing and diagnosis can bring peace of mind to everyone involved. Doctors can diagnose autism in children at two years of age by assessing language, behavior, and cognitive processes.

SD is called Autism Spectrum Disorder because not every person diagnosed with ASD will act alike or have the same severity of symptoms. It is called a Spectrum to include all persons affected with mild to severe characteristics. ASD is a developmental and neurological condition affecting how people behave, learn, communicate, and interact with others. It can be developmental because the disease can be diagnosed before age two.

The signs and symptoms may vary between children as each child with ASD is unique.

  • Showing mild interest or enjoyment in activities or objects
  • Carrying on a normal conversation but appearing uninterested in the conversation
  • Being slow/not responding to verbal cues
  • Showing facial features that are inappropriate for the seriousness of a conversation
  • Difficulty in making friends/adjusting to social events
  • Having a different tone of voice, either sing-song/flat affect
  • Talking about a favorite subject constantly despite low interest from others
  • Slight changes in routine upset your child

Autistic children may also have strengths such as auditory solid listeners, excellent math, art, science, and music skills, and the ability to remember details for a long time.

Contrary to some beliefs, vaccines don't cause ASD. There is no clear-cut cause for ASD, but it is believed that a person's genes can pair up with environmental factors to help contribute to ASD.

Treatment can vary according to the child's severity. Medication is ordered for children in certain instances, and several different therapy approaches, such as play or music therapy, can be used. Enforcing the same routine each day also helps.

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To discuss the possibility of autism and your child, please call one of our six locations today in Pittsburg office at (412) 241-5437, Greensburg and Monessen at (724) 850-7200, North Hills, Monroeville and McCandless, PA at (412) 372-8000, directed by Dr. Lowenstein and Dr. Carosso.

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