Autism is a popular topic in the news right now. Nobody wants to think that something could be wrong with their child. Then they watch a news report or hear someone talking about a child that has Autism and they start to wonder about their own child.
The latest autism statistics reveal that autism rates have more than doubled since the turn of the century.
There are many symptoms of Autism and they vary between each child. Just because you see some of the symptoms of Autism in your child does not mean they are Autistic. There are several other medical conditions that have many of the same symptoms. Some children are just take longer to reach developmental milestones. Every child develops at his or her own rate. Just because your child is not talking by the time they are one year old does not mean for certain he or she has Autism.
There is no single test that can say for certain if your child has Autism.
It will require several appointments with different healthcare professionals to rule out other conditions that could be causing these symptoms in your child. Often, a child who is late to talk is thought to have a hearing issue first. After this possibility is ruled out, then the doctor can move onto evaluating for Autism.
Several health conditions can mimic the symptoms of Autism. Children always need to be evaluated for these other medical conditions first. This will help make sure that they receive the treatment that they really need.