Autism Evaluation & Treatment Specialists
Clinical Psychologists, Therapists, and Psychiatrists in Southlake and Flower Mound, TX
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impacts individuals from all backgrounds with one in 36 children in the U.S. affected by this condition. With a dedicated focus on diagnosing and treating ASD, our team at Dr. Messina & Associates, located in Southlake and Flower Mound, Texas, is here to guide your child's development so they can live a healthy and fulfilling life. Connect with Dr. Messina & Associates or arrange an online consultation today.
Autism Evaluation & Treatment Specialists Q & A
What are Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)?
Autism spectrum disorder, commonly known as autism, is a developmental condition typically diagnosed by psychiatrists in children aged 2-4. This condition impacts a child’s behavior and communication skills. Although more prevalent in boys, autism can affect children of all genders, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses. While the exact causes of autism spectrum disorder remain under investigation, factors such as genetics, advanced parental ages, and low birth weight are believed to contribute to a child’s risk.
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Recognizing Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is characterized as a spectrum disorder due to the varying types and severity of symptoms experienced by different individuals. Broadly, children with autism spectrum disorder encounter challenges with social interaction and communication. They may also exhibit repetitive behaviors, restricted interests, or heightened sensitivity to sensory stimuli. Some common signs include:
- Limited or Absent Eye Contact
- Difficulty Engaging in Back-And-Forth Conversation
- Inconsistent Facial Expressions or Gestures
- Sing-Song or Flat Tone of Voice
- Repetitive Movements or Behaviors
- Resistance to Changes in Routine
- Intense or Restricted Interests
At Dr. Messina & Associates, we specialize in unraveling the complexities of autism, providing your loved one and your family with a comprehensive plan and unwavering support.
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder
Your Specialists for Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder
Our dedicated team at Dr. Messina & Associates tailors personalized treatment plans to nurture your child’s growth. Depending on your child’s specific requirements, medication may be prescribed to address behavioral symptoms such as aggression or anxiety. Additionally, we implement structured education plans that involve collaboration with teachers, pediatricians, and parents to provide consistency and structure for your child. This multidisciplinary approach equips your child with the skills needed to thrive and potentially achieve independence. Treatment options may include behavior therapy, speech-language therapy, and play-based therapy.
Our professional team at Dr. Messina & Associates is here to empower your child and your family, guiding them toward their full potential.