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Early Signs of Autism in Children, According to a Paediatric Neurologist

Paediatric Neurologist Dr. Mohamed Elhadi from Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital shares the early signs of autism in children

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16 February 2024

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Early Signs of Autism in Children, According to a Paediatric Neurologist

Learn and recognise the signs of autism early on...

Early signs of autism in children can manifest in various ways, including delayed verbal communication, repetitive movements or activities, and challenges in social interaction.

It is crucial to identify these signs early on for effective intervention. A paediatric neurologist plays a vital role in evaluating and diagnosing autism, conducting necessary tests, and providing guidance to parents on how to manage autism.

What are some early autism symptoms?

Early autism symptoms usually include:

  • Difficulty in social communication: such as not responding to names, difficulty interacting with others, and lack of expression of desires or feelings.
  • Repetitive and repetitive behaviours: such as repetitive movements, tending to stick to a specific pattern of behaviours or activities.
  • Delay in linguistic development: such as lack of development of speech or delay in acquiring language vocabulary.
  • Sensitivity to sensory changes: such as extreme sensitivity to light or sound.
How to tell if your child has autism?

What are the treatment options for autism?

"Medical treatments and behavioural interventions are key options for managing autism," said Dr. Mohamed Elhadi, Paediatric Neurologist at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital.

"Additionally, Occupational Therapists plays a crucial role in improving the fine motor skills, coordination and sensory processing in children with autism," he added.

The occupational therapist also designs tailored exercise programmes to promote progress in movement and balance.

The collaborative efforts of paediatric neurologists and occupational therapists contribute to a comprehensive approach in addressing the challenges associated with autism.

Management of autism includes:

  • Providing behavioural support by providing behavioural training aimed at learning social and communication skills.
  • Behavioural psychotherapy To help people understand and manage repetitive behaviours.
  • Speech and language therapy to improve language both expressive and receptive and communication skills.
  • Occupational therapy to improve coordination, sensory processing, and fine motor skills.
  • Providing a neutral environment for the sensitive senses: such as reducing excessive sensory stimulation in the surrounding environment.
  • Providing support for the family with information, resources, and emotional support to family members.
  • There is role for pharmacological agents (medications) to help improve the signs and symptoms related to behaviour, attention and irritability.

Authored by Dr. Mohamed Elhadi.

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Dr. Mohamed Elhadi, Paediatric Neurologist at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital

Dr. Mohamed Elhadi
Paediatric Neurologist
Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital

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