Autism has affected a significant portion of the population in the world. A number of organizations are committed to carrying out research on autism and its treatment. The Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) is a recognized institution among them, committed to preparing health professionals so as to help them offer better care to kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). MAPS would be organizing the MAPS 2015 Fall Conference from 10th to 12th September 2015, at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida, aimed at educating pediatricians and physicians about ASD and other such conditions in children.
MAPS welcomes physicians working in different fields to attend this conference and get access to valuable knowledge on ASD, which they can rarely get from other sources. Many expert medical professionals from various fields would be sharing their knowledge in the conference.
The conference would provide an in-depth understanding of many aspects of autism, to the attendees. Listed down are a few of the many things on which the conference would educate the attendees:
1. What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which causes behavioral, communication and social challenges to a significant extent. Individuals with ASD are just like other people in their appearance, but the way they learn, behave, interact and communicate may be different from most of the other people. The ASD affected people’s problem-solving, thinking and learning abilities may range from highly challenged to gifted. Some individuals with the disability may require a high degree of help in daily lives, while some others may need less help.
ASD diagnosis includes various medical conditions now, which were diagnosed separately earlier – Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder that is not specified otherwise (PDD-NOS), and autistic disorder. Now, all these conditions are called autism spectrum disorder.
2. Symptoms of Autism:
Individuals with ASD may face problems related to communication, emotional and social skills. Such people may repeat specific behaviors, and resist change in day-to-day activities. Many of them may also react to things, pay attention or learn differently than others. ASD signs start at the early childhood of an individual, and usually last for the entire life of the individual.
Some symptoms of ASD are listed here:
- Not pointing at things to show interest
- Not looking at things when someone else points at them
- Having problems in relating to other people or no interest at all in other people
- Avoiding eye contact and desire to be isolated
- Problems in understanding the feelings of other people, or speaking of their own feelings
- Dislike towards being cuddled or held by others, or may cuddle only at times they want to
- Appearing unaware when other people speak with them, but giving response to other types of sounds
- Having issues in communicating their needs to other people using motions or typical words
- Reacting unusually to ways things sound, feel, look, taste or smell
- Losing skills that they had once
3. ASD Diagnosis:
ASD diagnosis is quite difficult as no medical test is there, such as blood test, for diagnosing the disorders. Pediatricians and doctors diagnose ASD by observing the development and behavior of a child.
Detection of ASD can sometimes be done at 18 months of age or less than that. By 2 years of age, diagnosis done by an authorized and experienced professional, is considered as reliable. However, a number of kids don’t get the final diagnosis till they are much older. Such a delay can prevent a child with ASD from receiving the much needed early help.
4. ASD Treatment:
There’s no cure of ASD currently. Early Intervention, however, can bring improvements in the development of a child, as shown by research. With early intervention, kids between birth and 3 years of age can learn the essential skills. Early intervention services comprise therapy for helping a kid interact with people, walk and talk. Hence, talking to their child’s doctor is important for parents at the earliest, if they suspect that their kid has ASD or any other type of developmental issue.
The conference would talk about many other aspects of ASD besides these. If you are a physician, attend the MAPS 2015 Fall Conference to imbibe the valuable knowledge the conference would impart. Register now to join the conference.