Understanding the Autism Spectrum and More with Dr. Shirin Alonzo

Does your child avoid eye contact, not react to their name, or have trouble talking? They may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is often the cause behind problems with communication, socialization, and irregular behavior. 

This video breaks down the symptoms, severity levels and treatments of ASD.

Understanding the Autism Spectrum and More with Dr. Shirin Alonzo / San Diego Health by Scripps Health, San Diego
Initial Release Date: July 17, 2020
Source: YouTube

What We Learned from this Video:

  • There are certain developmental milestones that parents should be watching for as their child grows.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder encompasses a wide range of disorders.
  • Symptoms of ASD start manifesting anywhere from six months to eight years.
  • Three categories are important for diagnosis: communication, social interaction, and unusual behavior.
  • Communication milestones are easy to assess, and missing them can be a clear indicator of ASD.
  • Children with ASD have trouble understanding appropriate social interactions.
  • Repetitive behaviors can be a symptom of ASD. 
  • Autism is a lifelong condition. It can be treated and reversed, but people with ASD do not naturally outgrow it.
  • There are many misconceptions about Autism. For example, parenting does not cause ASD. It is caused by genetic and environmental factors.
  • If you suspect that your child has ASD, you should immediately ask a professional.
  • ASD has no cure, but it can be treated through the use of various types of therapy geared to modify certain behaviors.
  • Any child with a learning disability needs to be evaluated for an individual education plan.

There are a wide range of warning signs that can indicate that your child has ASD, and can be very subtle depending on the severity level. Learn to recognize these symptoms and treat them early with our extensive video resource library.

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