Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, is a condition that can affect someone’s development primarily in the areas of language, behavior, learning, and socialization due to differences in how their brain works. Some people have a known genetic condition as a cause for their ASD but many do not. Researchers are still learning more about the causes and impacts of this diagnosis.
As the name suggests, people with an ASD diagnosis have a wide spectrum, or range, of abilities. In terms of communication, some kiddos cannot talk at all, others may use an AAC device, still others may be able to express themselves using advanced skills. While learning to be more independent a kiddo with Autism may be late to walk, however this particular difficulty is typically overcome with time. Autism can also have a wide ranging impact on a person’s ability to perform daily tasks including following directions in class, feeding themselves during meals, and interacting with others in social situations.
During the month of April, Autism Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about those with Autism and educate themselves and others on supporting those with Autism. A diagnosis of Autism can take many years of evaluation, even though signs and symptoms can begin before the age of 2. Therapy at an early age can help your child reach their highest potential. If you are wondering if your kiddo may be Autistic, please talk to a professional about an evaluation. If your kiddo is already receiving services, the provider may be able to help you with your next steps. If not, your pediatrician should be able to provide guidance.
If your kiddo is struggling with specific skills such as walking or talking, or if you have any other questions about how to support your kiddo’s growth and development reach out for an evaluation. Our therapists at Kid Physical have over 32 combined years experience offering specialized, holistic healthcare for children of all ages. Our top priority is providing support for both caregivers and children so that they can reach their highest potential.