Read more information about possible concerns you may be having with your child's language development at The Hanen Centre website. Learn when to seek help and why taking action early is so important. Additional resources are available through their site as well.
How is it Diagnosed?
If you think your child may have ASD, contact a physician with your concerns. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward receiving needed intervention. The physician may refer your child to a specialist for an in-depth evaluation, including diagnosis. Specialists who typically diagnose ASD (or decide that an individual does not have ASD) include developmental pediatricians, child neurologists, child psychologists, and child psychiatrists.
No specific tests can diagnose ASD, but health care professionals may use assessment tools, such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2), and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) to aid in determining the diagnosis. A child's behavior and development must meet specific criteria to receive a diagnosis of ASD. Individuals diagnosed with ASD have symptoms that cause significant difficulty in important areas of current functioning. Individuals with ASD show symptoms from early childhood, even if those symptoms are not recognized until the child is older when social demands increase. Parents may recall earlier symptoms and realize that they didn’t know what those symptoms meant at that time.
How Can a Physical Therapist Help?
Physical therapists can work with your child, family, and educational team to help your child:
A physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your child that will typically include a health and developmental history and assessment of:
"Autism Spectrum Disorder." American Physical Therapy Association. American Physical Therapy Association, 31 Oct. 2014. Web. 16 Sept. 2016.
Historically, the field of physical therapy boasts a proud and courageous past. Approximately a century ago, a rich tradition emerges from "young reconstruction aides", people who assisted and implemented the earliest forms of restorative mobility. During WWI and WWII the nationwide polio epidemic catalyzed an important profession.
Today, the profession has produced confident and accomplished practitioners at the cutting edge of promoting movement, rehabilitation, risk-reduction, and preventative services. Physical therapists are experts in restoring and improving motion in people's lives and treat people throughout the lifespan.
Written By: Chris Ackerman, DPT, PCS for Oceanside Therapy Group