When you become a parent you are not given an instruction manual to guide you through the trials and the tribulations of parenthood. You can, however, count on your parents, friends, the well intentioned community member or childhood development books to give you some advice on what is normal behavior for a child. The one thing that you may discover as a parent is that often times you have to learn to rely on your instincts when it comes to your child and his or her development.
You learn over time that although most children reach certain milestones like walking, and talking for instance at a specific age, there are other children who may not reach the same milestones for another six to seven months – which is completely normal. But when you begin to notice that your child is lagging behind other children his or her age in social and communication skills, it may be in your best interest to seek out a specialist.
Your child could actually have one of the five developmental disorders associated with autism spectrum disorder and should be screened to either confirm or eliminate Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, autism, pervasive development disorder (PDD) or childhood disintegrative disorder.
Screening and early detection of autism gives your child the best opportunity to live his or her best quality of life. This is why it is so important to find an autism specialist who will take the time, and have the patience to explore all of the avenues needed to ensure that your child receives the best care possible.
Bradenton Florida Autism Doctor Michael Katz and our team of dedicated professionals are available assist you through the process of diagnosing your child, determining a treatment plan and monitoring his or her development and progress. Based out of nearby Lakewood Ranch, Florida we proudly assist those in Bradenton FL.
An Autism Doctor in Bradenton with over 20 years on practice, Dr. Katz is board certified, and earned his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, and his medical degree from Loyola University.