Autism Screening Specialist

St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group

Family Practice & Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in Lynwood, CA

Autism screening occurs as a regular part of a routine well-child visit scheduled at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group. Family practitioner Jatin Bhatt, MD, and pediatrician Chong Tak, MD, can detect early signs of autism so your child can get treatment as soon as possible if needed. Call the Lynwood, California, office today for more information about autism screening or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.

Autism Screening Q & A

When should my child undergo autism screening?

Autism screening is a normal part of a child’s wellness evaluations. Research supports that early diagnosis and intervention give children with autism the best outcomes when it comes to their quality of life.

Autism screening is standard at the 18 and 24-month well-child visit. If your child has symptoms early on, Dr. Tak may start an evaluation as early as 9 months. Some children may not show signs of autism until later in their development, so future screenings are always available.

What signs suggest my child needs autism screening?

Although autism screening is a standard practice, you may be especially concerned if you notice your child demonstrates any of the following:

  • Delayed communication when it comes to speech and gestures
  • Little interest in objects or people
  • Avoidance of physical contact
  • Lack of response to their own name

If your child is unusually disturbed by changes in routine, this too can be a sign of autism.

While these signs may indicate autism, they aren’t a definitive diagnosis. They simply indicate that your child might benefit from seeing a specialist for further evaluation.

What happens during an autism screening?

An autism screening is non-invasive and shouldn’t cause distress to your child. When performing an assessment, Dr. Tak uses informal tactics like basic inquiries about your child’s behaviors at home or while around other kids. He also observes your child and their reactions and behavior while at the appointment.

His assessment is also based on formal questionnaires and checklists established by reputable child development specialists. If Dr. Tak finds that your child shows signs of autism, he’ll refer you to a specialist for a formal diagnosis.

What happens after an autism screening?

If your child goes on to be diagnosed with autism, they’ll be offered an array of resources that include:

  • Speech and behavior therapy
  • Medical guidance
  • Family support

These interventions help promote you and your child’s quality of life and long-term prognosis. The earlier your child can take advantage of these resources, the better.

To learn more about standard autism screenings, call St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group or use the online tool to request an appointment.