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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 59 children receives a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Experts have also noted that the rate of prevalence continues to rise. As a PCP, you will be the first physician who mentors affected families through their child's evaluation and diagnosis.
According to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, all children should be screened for autism at ages 18 and 24 months. When a baby has ASD, a PCP may even notice potential signs of autism during the one-year well-child exam. Developmental milestones such as communication skills, fine motor skills and emotional response are all behaviors that you might notice while interacting with a child.
As Dr. Coan explains, practitioners who work with children on the autism spectrum wholeheartedly believe that a diagnosis is something to celebrate. Autism certainly comes with specific challenges, but it also represents a special difference in the way a child's brain works.
Children with ASD are treated by the Neuropsychiatric Special Care Program at Children's Colorado. Speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and specialists from other disciplines work together to promote optimal social, adaptive and behavioral function in kids with autism. Refer a patient to Children's Colorado.