Autism Spectrum Disorders

Psychiatrists & Sleep medicine specialists located in San Diego, CA., Chula Vista, CA. & Vista, CA.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders services offered in San Diego, Chula Vista and Vista, CA

Autism spectrum disorder affects approximately 1 in 54 children, causing a range of symptoms that interfere with social and verbal development. The team at KAB Medical Group Inc. in San Diego, Hollywood, and Chula Vista, California, provides expert diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan to ensure your child receives the help they need to thrive. If you’re concerned that your child has signs of autism spectrum disorder, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Q & A

What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a type of developmental disorder that affects speech, communication, and behavior. The team can diagnose autism spectrum disorder at any age, although signs usually begin to emerge when a child is about two years old. 

What are the signs of autism spectrum disorder?

As a spectrum disorder, autism causes a variety of symptoms that range in severity. 

Some of the common signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder include:

  • Not making eye contact
  • Not looking at people
  • Not listening to others
  • Slow response to someone calling their name
  • Not sharing enjoyment 
  • Struggling with back-and-forth conversation
  • Talking at length about a favorite subject without regard for others level of interest
  • Facial expressions or gestures that don’t go with what’s being said
  • An unusually flat or sing-song tone of voice
  • Trouble understanding another person’s point of view

Autism spectrum disorder can cause abnormal repetitive behaviors, such as saying the same word or phrase repeatedly. Some people with autism spectrum disorder are also highly attached to routine and become upset when something disrupts their regular schedule.

People with autism might also be more sensitive to light, colors, or texture.

When should I talk to a psychiatrist about autism spectrum disorder?

Your pediatrician should screen for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders during your child’s routine checkups. However, if you or your child’s teacher notice any signs of abnormal development, make an appointment at KAB Medical Group Inc. for assessment.

How is autism spectrum disorder treated?

The team at KAB Medical Group Inc. begins with a thorough evaluation to identify signs of autism disorder. The assessment measures your child’s language, cognitive, and other age-appropriate skills. 

If your child has an autism spectrum disorder, the team creates a treatment plan to help your child thrive. Your child’s plan could include medication to reduce repetitive behaviors, hyperactivity, and symptoms such as aggression.

Your team might also recommend therapy to help your child learn and practice language, nonverbal communication, and other skills they need to interact with others.

The team also coordinates with your child’s educators, contributing to their individualized education plan (IEP). An IEP ensures that your child receives the attention and support they need to get the most out of school.

Call KAB Medical Group Inc. today or make an appointment online if you’re concerned that your child has signs of autism spectrum disorder.