Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital recognizes April as National Autism Awareness Month
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital encourages community members to recognize the importance of early diagnosis in treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
“Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by deficits in social communication and interaction, along with restrictive, repetitive patterns of behaviors, interests and activities,” said Caroline DiBattisto, M.D., developmental pediatrics physician with Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. “Early diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder is extremely important. If a parent has a concern about their child’s development or behavior, they should discuss it with their child’s primary care provider as soon as possible.”
Some early signs of autism spectrum disorder in babies and toddlers include:
The following delays warrant an immediate evaluation by your child’s pediatrician:
Statistics about autism spectrum disorder:
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Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.