Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person communicates, behaves, socializes, and learns. There’s no cure for autism, and no single treatment works for all. However, early diagnosis and intervention may improve development and reduce difficulties. Muhammad Zeshan, MD at Inside Out CURE, a child and adult psychiatry practice based in Princeton, New Jersey, specializes in diagnosing and treating autism. For an evaluation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Autism, also called autism spectrum disorder, is a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders that affect behavior, communication, and social interaction.
Though diagnosed at any age, autism symptoms usually appear during early childhood and are classified as a developmental disability.
Autism is a “spectrum disorder” because there is a wide range of types, symptoms, and disabilities.
The autism symptoms range from mild to severe; they affect how a person communicates, interacts with others, and behaves.
Some common signs and symptoms of autism include:
Pediatricians screen every child for developmental delays at their well-child visits. If your child isn’t meeting their developmental milestones, your pediatrician may suggest consulting with a developmental specialist for further evaluation.
Doctors most often diagnose autism in children by age 2. However, children and adults with mild autism may go years without a proper diagnosis.
Dr. Zeshan is an experienced child and adult psychiatrist and performs a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose autism. During an assessment, he asks detailed questions about:
To diagnose a person with autism, they must meet specific criteria, as noted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Mental Disorders (DSM-5) created by the American Psychiatric Association.
For an autism diagnosis, a person must have difficulty interacting and communicating with other people, restricted interests, repetitive behaviors, and symptoms that affect their ability to function normally at school, work, or other areas of life.
Dr. Zeshan takes an integrative and holistic approach to care and develops personalized treatment plans based on the severity of symptoms, function, and disability. Treatment may include:
Depending on your child’s age, Dr. Zeshan may refer you to early intervention, a federal program for children up to age three. He also works with you and your child’s school to ensure your child gets the services that match their learning needs.
To schedule an autism consultation with Dr. Zeshan, call Inside Out or make an appointment online today.