Autism Spectrum Testing in Southside Jacksonville
The board-certified pediatricians at Mandarin Pediatrics monitor for signs and symptoms of autism through early well-child visits. When signs of autism are present, our pediatricians provide further testing to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Call our office in Southside Jacksonville, Florida at (904) 268-7701 to schedule your child’s autism spectrum test today.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism is a spectral condition that affects neurodevelopment, causing difficulty with socializing and communication. Since it is measured on a spectrum, it can be very mild or very intense. It is a cover-all term used for things that were previously known as:
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
- Rett Syndrome
- Autistic Disorder
What are Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Because Autism is a spectral disorder, it appears differently in every case. On a general level, people who have autism may have repetitive behavior, and may not be engaged with the outside world as much as someone who does not have autism. These are broad ways to define it, but since each case of autism varies so highly, it is hard to define concrete symptoms tied to autism spectrum disorder. Some ways that Autism is displayed is:
- Does not like physical contact with people.
- Prefers alone time to socializing time
- Little-to-no eye contact.
- May not seem to be attached to people.
- Speech may be minimal, reserved for commands and exchanging information only, may seem robotic.
- May not like change.
- May be very habitual.
- Overstimulated easily.
While Autism Spectrum Disorder is generally viewed as a learning disability, some people will actually be able to learn much faster than people who do not have Autism Specturm Disorder. The symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder are so heavily variant, since autism is very different in every individual and requires an individualized approach.
How common is autism?
The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold over the last 40 years. As many as 1 in 68 children today are “on the spectrum,” or diagnosed with some level of autism spectrum disorder. Furthermore, autism affects 4 times more boys than girls nationwide.
Autism Spectrum Testing at Mandarin Pediatrics in Jacksonville, Florida
The Center for Disease Control has an Autism Spectrum Disorder tool on their website. The signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder are often recognized during a child’s development:
- Won’t respond to name
- Doesn’t like to be held or cuddled
- Regression of language skills
- Seems to not develop like “other kids”
Autism Spectrum Disorder can be very hard to identify. If you believe your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, taking them to see your pediatrician at Mandarin Pediatrics may be a good first step.
Call Mandarin Pediatrics in Southside Jacksonville, FL at (904) 268-7701 and schedule your child’s autism spectrum test today.