Dr. Barbara Huggins

Autism Spectrum Disorders

January 11, 2007

Autism Spectrum Disorders -  January 11, 2007Autism spectrum disorders affect one in 250 people. You might think that a problem this common would be easy to diagnose, but the symptoms can be very subtle. Dr. Mom explains why early diagnosis can make a difference in the future of those afflicted.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) covers a wide range of behaviors and abilities. Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. A symptom might be mild in one person and severe in another person.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders include:

ASD is diagnosed four times more often in boys than in girls, and affects about one in every 166 people. It is not affected by race or socio-economic status.

Possible indicators of ASD:
Other indicators:
Type of problems and behaviors associated with ASD:
Problems That May Accompany ASD

Discuss developmental screening with your child's primary care physician. Kathryn Akin, M. D., specializes in Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, at The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, 903-877-3451.

Helpful websites: Child Care Provider Resource Kit

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