Recommendations will be tailored to your child's specific strengths and needs.
For over ten years, Dr. Laura has specialized in evaluating children suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. As such, she has extensive experience in identifying mild to severe symptoms of ASD in children from toddlerhood to adulthood. An Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluation will include, at a minimum, the following:
Research indicates that Autism Spectrum Disorders have roots in early brain development. Many of the first signs or symptoms of ASDs, however, emerge between 2 and 3 years of age although new research suggests that certain red flags can be observed as early as 12 to 18 months. The Centers for Disease Control has recommneded that all children be screened for a possible Autism Spectrum Disorder at both 18 and 24 months of age, as research supports that early intervention can change future outcomes.
Given the importance of early intervention, all parents should familiarize themselves with the red flags or early warning signs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are complex disorders characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests. Once documented as 1 in 10,000, the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders has skyrocketed over the past decades. Presently, the prevalence is estimated at 1 in 68 children with boys diagnosed more frequently than girls.