Autism in Miami, FL
WeMind Institute specializes in pediatric neurodevelopment including speech delays, gross and fine motor delays and autism. We offer diagnostic screening tools and diagnostic evaluations for local and international patients.
What is Autism?
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by social communication difficulties through verbal and nonverbal communication. According to the Center of Disease Control 1 in 59 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism. Autism is usually diagnosed between the ages of 2 to 3 years old but can be diagnosed as early at 18 months old. Every child with Autism may present with different contributing symptoms such as poor eye contact, poor joint attention, repetitive behaviors, abnormal involuntary moments, or sensory issues. However, each child needs to be evaluated individually since not all present with the same symptoms.
How Much Does Treatment for Autism Cost?
WeMind Institute accepts most medical insurances for autism treatment. Our patient coordinator reviews your coverage and explains any out-of-pocket costs that you may incur, such as co-payments, deductibles, and co-insurance.
What causes Autism?
The exact cause of autism has not been identified, however some studies have identified advanced maternal and/or paternal age as contributing factor, others are genetic makeup and in most cases are unwarranted.
But studies are showing that a child’s environment and genetic makeup may contribute to the condition. Parents should focus on the child’s strengths while helping to address any specific challenges. Some children with autism excel on highly intellectual levels, yet lack social skills, while others suffer in all areas.
Other factors of Autism
There are other comorbidities that are associated with Autism such as difficulty sleeping, gastrointestinal problems, attention disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders and other behavioral issues.
Treatment plans for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Each child with Autism is unique and therefore treatment plans are individualized depending on their needs. Research has shown that early intervention leads to further advancement and more positive future outcomes. The main treatment for patients on the Autism Spectrum is to divulge them in as much therapy as possible, the main one being Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy which is an intensive therapy that works on social communication skills as well as addressing social behaviors. Other types of treatment options include speech, occupational, physical, feeding, sensory-integration, music and equine therapy.
Why Choose WeMind Institute for Pediatric Neurology Treatment?
WeMind Institute works with children from infancy to young adults. Dr. Vasconcellos is a board-certified pediatric neurologist that specializes in identifying, diagnosing and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Vasconcellos is trained in ADOS-2 which is an evaluation tool for diagnosing children on the Autism Spectrum.
Contact us today to learn more about our pediatric autism services and schedule an appointment.