Our pediatricians provide families with knowledge and skillsets to help children with autism thrive.
If your child has just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder then you are most likely looking for pediatricians that have specific expertise and experience providing care to children with special needs. Here at Clinic For Special Children, our pediatricians Dr. Karen Harum and Dr. Robert Nutt work with children of all ages with autism. While we know that children with autism will have special challenges, our goal is to work with parents to teach them ways to help their children address these challenges and lead happy, fulfilled lives. Talk to our office in Wilmington, NC, to learn more.
Getting to Know Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
While there is no cure for autism, there are different strategies that our Wilmington, NC, autism doctors can provide to help your child tackle certain communication challenges and other problems. Here’s what we know about children with an autism spectrum disorder:
- They may focus or become obsessed with one topic and want to talk only about that topic
- Their routine is very important to them and they may have trouble with changes to their routine (don’t worry; we can provide effective strategies to show them how to cope with these unexpected changes)
- They may not understand facial expressions or certain nonverbal cues
- They will take what you say literally, so figures of speech or exaggerations may be confusing to them
- Certain sounds, smells, or touch may be too much for children with ASD
As we continue to learn more and more about children with autism here in Wilmington, we can provide helpful tips for how to communicate effectively and successfully interact with autistic children. While we can work with children to help them find solutions to cope with challenges in social situations or at school, our team also works with the whole family to provide ways to effectively interact with their child on a day-to-day basis. Some of these tips include:
- Staying patient with your child, especially because they process information differently than you
- Show your child how to express their emotions in a safe and positive environment
- Stay positive and reinforce good behaviors (positive reinforcement is a winner with children with ASD)
- Ignore any behaviors in which your child acts out or is trying to get attention
- Since children with autism often have shorter attention spans you may want to find ways to connect with your child while staying active such as kicking the ball around the backyard or taking a walk through the neighborhood.
If you are looking for pediatricians here in Wilmington, NC, that can provide care to children with autism then call the Clinic For Special Children to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen Harum and Dr. Robert Nutt. Also, if your child is also displaying symptoms of autism spectrum disorder you can book an evaluation with our team by calling (910) 319-7744.