When you visit a doctor whose area of specialization is treating children with Autism, his first call to action is to examine your child. This examination will not be done once but will be done over time and at regular intervals. This doctor could be a psychologist, a child psychiatrist, or a pediatric neurologist.
Timothy J. Legg, PhD, PsyD in his article on Healthline.com explains what doctors usually do.He will conduct his own evaluation of this situation using the following parameters:
- He will examine the child’s interaction with others, the way he communicates and he will examine if there is any improvement or relapse throughout the duration of his evaluation- which could take weeks in some cases.
- He may use order some tests to be carried out. These tests might tough on the child’s hearing and speech, a test of languages and other behavioral issues.
- He may personally or with the aid of one of his assistants conduct some basic interaction with the child over a period of time. This interaction may also involve a series of conversations with this child. After the conduction of such interaction, he will give a performance score in the end. will help the doctor know the severity of the condition.
- He will conduct tests using the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).
- Recommend some genetic tests to understand if the problem is not hereditary or maybe the condition was caused by a genetic disorder.
- He may at his discretion allow other health personnel or medical doctors In helping him arrive at a reasonable conclusion.
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The following article by AutismStep explains where and how residents in Singapore can get access to treatments.
As seen above, there is no one medical test that has been designed for Autism, rather he will use the above criteria and weigh the result very well to determine the extent of the condition and how best to treat the situation. He will recommend the best possible way of managing the condition.
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The key is starting the diagnosis early enough so that the condition will be treated as early as possible. The doctor may recommend medications as well as some forms of Autism therapies for children like:
- Behavioral therapies
- Speech therapies
- Educational Therapies
- Family therapies
- Sensory-Based therapies
- Creative therapies
- Horse therapies
Depending on the severity, he might also recommend some changes in the diet of the child as well as some vitamin supplements. The following article by Cleveland clinic explains what to ask a doctor before treatment.
What to Discuss with your Child’s Doctor
One of the things you are expected to discuss with your doctor is any questions you might have about the condition. The night before visiting the doctor, take a pen and a piece of paper and write down a list of all the questions you might have about the condition.
You can also write down a list of the symptoms you have noticed in your child. This will not only help you but also help the doctor with his own assessment. More importantly, it will help your children because that automatically translates to getting the evaluation done early and getting the needed treatment faster. Read more here.