Is my Child Autistic? What are the early signs of Autism?

As a parent it becomes very difficult to believe that your bundle of joy may be autistic. The inability of a child to express himself, to get along with other kids or even unable to read and write properly is misunderstood by the parents and kid is often blamed for being mischievous or over pampered. A recent study showed that 50% of cases of autism gets reported at the age of 5 or older than that, which becomes a little late to fetch the benefits of various therapies. Experts say “When you tell parents that their child is down with fever they are ready to do all that is required for an early recovery of the kid. But when you tell them about a developmental disorder like Autism they refuse to accept it. And instead of starting an early intervention program they put immense pressure on the kid at home and at school to concentrate more and pay more attention, which causes more damage than doing any good”. Due to lack of awareness of autism among the parents the initial signs and symptoms are often overlooked. Identifying the early signs of autism is very important, as early detection at the age of 6 – 30 months can be life changing. Our Doctors also say that with an early intervention 1 in 5 kids can be recovered to a stage where they are no longer considered autistic. Severity of symptoms of an autistic child varies greatly, but autism has some common core symptoms. What are those? Let’s know more about it! Signs and Symptoms to Detect Autism in Children less...

What is Developmental Pediatrics & Developmental Disabilities?

It is a unique subspecialty that focuses on children experiencing developmental issues and with special needs. A recent survey conducted showed that lesser than 30% of cases of developmental issues in a child are reported before entering the school. Although these kids receive routine pediatric care but due to lack of experienced pediatricians and reduced awareness among the parents the early signs often go unnoticed. Children with developmental issues need different types of learning techniques and special attention at home, school etc. Developmental-behavioral pediatrics focuses on strengths and weakness of the child. They evaluate counsel and provide treatment for children, adolescents along with their family members to overcome these challenges. What are Developmental Disabilities? Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to impairment in physical, language learning or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, but may impact day-to-day functioning and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. Since every child develops at their own pace it becomes difficult to tell exactly when a kid will learn a particular skill. But skills such as taking the first steps, waving a hand, and smile etc can be set as a developmental milestone. Below are a few conditions which are seen in cases of developmental disabilities: Cerebral palsy, Autism, spinal Bifida, mental retardation, visual and hearing impairments, Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome. Difficulty in the day to day work like sleep disorder, feeding problem, complicated toilet training issues. Learning disorders like dyslexia, writing difficulties and other school related learning activities. Delayed development in speech-language and motor skill and thinking ability. Attention and behavioral disorders including attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder....