Autism services offered in Alpharetta, GA

About 1% of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder or autism, a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. At Pediatrics and Genetics in Alpharetta, Georgia, experienced pediatrician Vidya Krishnamurthy, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating autism with a compassionate and patient-centered approach. Call Pediatrics and Genetics today to schedule an autism consultation for your child or book an appointment online.

How do I know if my child has autism?

Autism spectrum disorder, or autism, is a developmental disorder caused by brain abnormalities. It affects your child’s social skills, communication, and behavior, impacting their ability to interact with others. Autism can also make it challenging for your child to self-regulate, increasing the risk of other behavioral problems.

Personalized treatment can help regulate your child’s symptoms so they can learn to function and live life to its fullest potential.

Does autism present symptoms?

Autism symptoms include the following:

  • Intense or unusual interests
  • Sensory aversions, like fear of loud noises
  • Trouble making eye contact or facial expressions
  • Delayed or absent language development
  • Insisting on a regular routine

Many children with autism exhibit restrictive or repetitive behaviors. For example, your child might rock back and forth, flap their arms, or make unusual noises. 

How does a pediatrician diagnose autism?

At Pediatrics and Genetics, Dr. Krishnamurthy provides comprehensive developmental screening services to diagnose autism and other developmental disorders. 

During your child’s initial consultation, Dr. Krishnamurthy observes your child for specific behaviors and asks you about their symptoms and actions at home and school. If these measures don’t provide enough insight into your child’s condition, she might refer you to a neurological facility for more specialized testing. 

How does a pediatrician treat autism?

There’s no cure for autism, but there are various things you can do to reduce certain symptoms and improve your child’s quality of life. At Pediatrics and Genetics, Dr. Krishnamurthy provides highly personalized care to help your child. 

Depending on your child’s symptoms, age, and health history, she might suggest prescription medication, behavioral counseling, occupational therapy, or a combination of all three. Because many children with autism also have underlying medical issues, treatment often involves coordinating care between specialists. 

Dr. Krishnamurthy’s practice serves as a home base and helps ensure your child receives the treatment they need to thrive. 

What is the outlook for children with autism?

Autism affects every child differently, but most kids experience fewer symptoms as they age. That said, it’s crucial you plan for a lifetime of treatment. People with autism often lead rewarding lives but may need support throughout their adolescence and adulthood. 

Since autism is considered a disability, your child may qualify for benefits through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Call Pediatrics and Genetics today to learn more about the treatment of autism, or book your child’s appointment online.