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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-44

Toddlers with “autistic” symptoms: Professional practice guidelines and parenting challenges

Department of Developmental Paediatrics and Child Neurology, MOSC Medical College, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

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Mepurathu Chacko Mathew
Department of Developmental Paediatrics and Child Neurology, MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery, Ernakulam - 682 311, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-4651.200309

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A toddler is suspected to have autism when the child shows atypical behavior mannerisms, delay in acquiring language skills, avoidance of normal learning process, or atypical motoric mannerisms. The evaluation and management of such a child will require a careful step-by-step approach starting with the observation of the child, identifying possible causative pathways, management of parental dilemmas, investigations, and integrative therapy and support. The evaluation and follow-up of a child with autism is an unfolding process that takes years of a holistic approach which integrates the services of experts from multiple disciplines is essential. The therapy of a child with autism has to be tailored to the specific needs of the child as every child responds differently to therapy. The involvement of the parents and the entire professional team throughout the process is essential for optimal evaluation and management.

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