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Autism Specialist

Cool Kidz Pediatrics -  - Pediatrics

Cool Kidz Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Tampa, FL & Petersburg, FL

Adolescents and teens with autism spectrum disorder may struggle with verbal and nonverbal communication while having an intense focus on a specific topic or activity. The challenge to communicate, make friends, and succeed in school can leave your child feeling isolated and alone. The team led by Ananth Pillai, MD, and Lilivette Rolland, MD, at Cool Kidz Pediatrics in Tampa, Florida, offers personalized, family-focused treatment and guidance for autism. The team builds your child’s ability to express themselves and find confidence in their unique abilities. To learn more about autism treatment options, call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Autism Q & A

What is autism?

Autism spectrum disorder, usually referred to as autism, describes a group of neurodevelopmental conditions that affect social skills, behavior, and communication. Children and teens with autism may demonstrate repetitive or restricted behaviors and interests. Autism can interfere with your child’s ability to express themselves or manage social interaction, leading to issues with learning and interpersonal relationships. 

What are the symptoms of autism?

Symptoms of autism typically appear in early childhood, usually before the age of two. Autism affects each individual differently, but some common symptoms include:

  • Repetitive movements like rocking or spinning
  • Rigid adherence to routines or rituals
  • Lack of coordination
  • Stiff or exaggerated body language
  • Sensitivity to sensory input such as sound, touch, or taste
  • Fixation on objects or activities
  • Difficulty reading social cues 
  • Harmful behaviors like head-banging or biting

Individuals with autism often lead full, satisfying lives. However, struggles with language skills, friendship, and school expectations can lead to behavioral and emotional issues for many autistic children and teenagers.

What causes autism?

Researchers believe that autism spectrum disorder arises due to multiple contributing factors, such as genetics or environmental toxins. No credible evidence suggests any connection between vaccines and autism. Boys are four times more likely to receive a diagnosis of autism than girls.

How is autism treated?

The Cool Kidz Pediatrics team personalizes your child’s autism treatment plan, based on the severity of their condition, using evidence-based techniques. They might recommend:

  • Watchful waiting
  • Dietary changes
  • Developing a routine
  • Other lifestyle changes
  • Medication management
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Behavior modification 
  • Other therapy techniques

Therapy and behavioral modification can help your child overcome the challenges of autism and gain the confidence and skills to thrive. Your child’s pediatrician can refer out to highly trained therapists near you. With proper autism treatment, your child learns how to navigate social interaction, understand emotions, and express themselves.

Patients often benefit from holistic care that includes nutritional support and mindfulness coaching. Cool Kidz Pediatrics providers work closely with parents and families, providing education and tools needed to assist children and teens in learning healthy ways to manage the challenges of autism.

If you’d like to learn more about customized autism treatment options available at Cool Kidz Pediatrics, schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced member of the team. Call the office today or request an appointment online.