Autism Spectrum Disorder

Child Neurology practice in Pasadena, CA

Autism Spectrum Disorder services offered in Pasadena, CA

Approximately 1 in 44 American children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) today. The pediatric neurology specialists at AMS Neurology, led by experienced child neurologist Charles Niesen, MD, offer the highest standard of patient-centered care at the Pasadena, California, office. Parents and children can trust the dedicated experts of AMS Neurology for compassionate support at any time, so call the office or click on the online link to arrange a consultation now.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Q & A

What is autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, learning, thinking, and problem-solving. 

ASD is an accurate way to describe autism because it exists on a spectrum. Every child with autism has unique strengths and specific challenges, which is why AMS Neurology uses an individualized treatment plan for each young patient. 

What are the symptoms of autism?

Autism symptoms start before the age of three, although they may change over time. These symptoms may include: 

  • Difficulty communicating 
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Lack of facial expressions
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Intense interest in very specific topics
  • Resistance to changes in routine
  • Heightened sensitivity or lack of sensitivity to sensory inputs like textures and aromas

That is only a partial list of some typical autism symptoms; your child’s symptoms may be different. Symptoms can vary considerably, as can symptom severity. 

How is autism diagnosed?

There’s no specific test to diagnose autism. Because it’s a highly complex disorder, the experienced AMS Neurology providers complete a comprehensive physical and developmental evaluation to diagnose autism and rule out other disorders. That may include psychological evaluations, blood tests, hearing tests, and other types of testing.

Your child’s providers may recommend an in-office or at-home electroencephalogram (EEG). This test measures electrical activity in the brain, which can be an accurate predictor of autism very early in life.  

What causes autism?

There’s no single known cause of autism at this time. Experts believe that genetics and environment may both play roles. The incidence of autism is rising and researchers are working harder than ever to uncover the factors as to why. 

How is autism managed?

Autism treatment can help your child to develop important skills, learn to communicate effectively, and become a happier and better-functioning child. The specific treatment approach depends upon both your child’s specific symptoms and their severity. 

Autism often occurs alongside other disorders. For example, up to half of children with autism also have epilepsy. AMS Neurology providers also incorporate specific care for other conditions to give your child the personalized support they need.

Treatment is usually multifaceted, encompassing behavioral support, educational guidance, psychological care, and medical management strategies, such as medication. Early treatment offers your child the best chance to thrive.

The AMS Neurology specialists providers offer dedicated autism support, including a 24/7 phone service. Book your appointment online or call the office to speak to an expert now.