As children grow, they develop new skills and abilities, and parents often keep a close eye on this progression. But what happens when your child seems to be falling behind their peers or exhibiting behaviors out of the ordinary?
At The Center for Advanced Pediatrics in Darien and Norwalk, Connecticut, our pediatricians specialize in identifying and treating issues that cause those symptoms, like developmental delays and autism.
Early diagnosis and intervention are key, so here’s a look at these common issues and how to tell the difference between them and what to do if you’re worried.
Developmental delays refer to when a child doesn’t reach specific milestones at the expected age range in one or more areas, such as speech, motor skills, cognitive skills, or social and emotional development.
These delays may be temporary, and the child might catch up over time with the right support. Sometimes, developmental delays signify a more serious underlying condition, so talking with us about your child’s symptoms is essential.
Common signs of developmental delays include:
If you’ve noticed these signs, be sure to talk to our team at The Center for Advanced Pediatrics, as early intervention leads to the best outcomes.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex neurological disorder that affects social interaction, communication, interests, and behavior. Unlike developmental delays, autism is a lifelong condition.
It’s called a spectrum disorder because symptoms and severity can vary widely. Here are a few of the most common characteristics associated with ASD:
ASD can be challenging to diagnose, so don’t delay in speaking with our pediatricians if you’re at all concerned.
Though some symptoms may overlap, developmental delays and autism are different conditions. Differentiating these conditions without professional guidance can be difficult and may delay vital interventions.
You know your child best, so if you’re worried something is “off,” it’s best to seek our professional evaluation so we can accurately diagnose the condition and recommend appropriate treatment.
Whether your child is facing developmental delays or autism, early intervention by a pediatrician at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics can make a world of difference. Depending on the diagnosis, we may recommend a variety of therapies, including but not limited to:
Our team also offers parental support and can put you in touch with other resources to ensure you and your child get the best care and guidance possible.
Contact us at The Center for Advanced Pediatrics by reaching out online or over the phone to discuss your child’s needs and learn how we can support your family.