Treatment of autism in children
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects people between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. Common features:
Challenges with social interaction and communication:
Children with ASD have a socio-emotional interaction deficit. This means they less share emotion or imitative behaviors. They have a weakness with nonverbal social communication, which includes lack of eyesight, gestures and facial expressions. Some children like to play alone.
Restricted and repetitive patterns:
Children with ASD may have repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. This includes movements such as hand floping or finger flicking and repeated use of objects such as turning coins or tying toys.
They are compelled to have equality and a consistent routine. If this routine is disturbed, they will not like it.
They have extraordinary or highly limited and fixed interests of vision, such as a strong liking or attachment to a particular toy.
Many children with ASD may show repetitive behavior to remain obsessive. They can focus on one detail of an object, but have difficulty observing the whole picture. Therefore a child with ASD becomes anxious when their routines are disrupted.
- Sluggishness in speaking
- Some children are able to speak in detail, but may not speak when asked about a basic need such as going to the bathroom.
- Abnormal speech such as echolalia (repetition of heard words).
Treatment of problems caused by autism
Children with autism may suffer from seizures, sleep problems, neurological problems, etc. These should be treated appropriately to ensure that they do not interfere with the improvement of autistic behaviors. Omni their Giggles pediatric team has the expertise and experience to provide the best care for autistic children.
Pediatric and adolescent puberty problems
Adolescence begins when your child’s body begins to produce high amounts of certain hormones, which can lead to physical and mental changes. Breast augmentation in girls, pubic hair growth and finally the onset of menstruation. In boys, the changes include an increase in testicular size and an increase in scrotum pubic hair, thickening, and a change in voice.
Children grow and develop at different rates, and the normal onset of puberty is between 10 and 13 years.
Adolescent problems come when these processes and changes in your child’s development do not occur at the normal time. These problems may include:
- Delayed puberty, in which breast and pubic hair development does not begin until the age of 13 in girls and no pubic hair after the age of 14 in boys.
- Early puberty, in which puberty begins much earlier – before 8 years in girls and 9 years in boys.
- Development of contraceptive puberty, in which females have male characteristics.
- Premature ejaculation, when a girl develops breast without other signs of puberty.
- By premature adrenal, when pubic hair appears without other signs of puberty
If your pediatrician finds a problem with the onset or progression of his / her puberty, treatment will depend on the symptoms and the root cause of the problems.
Treatment may include:
- Inspection by regular check-ups
- Hormone therapy
- Surgery to correct anatomical problems
- Counseling to help your child – and your family – with the social and emotional challenges of late or early adolescence