Autism Specialist

Valencia Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in High Desert, Victorville, CA

If you have concerns that your child isn’t developing properly and may have a developmental disorder like autism, Rainilda Valencia, MD, can help. At Valencia Pediatrics, in Victorville, California, Dr. Valencia, Micaela Marin-Tucker, PA-C, and Megan Reynolds, C-PNP, offer the highest quality of care for your child’s developmental needs. They provide in-office autism screenings and customized care plans to ensure your child is healthy and enjoys a high quality of life. Learn more about autism and the available treatment options by calling Valencia Pediatrics or scheduling an appointment online today. The practice serves the surrounding High Desert communities of Hesperia and Apple Valley.

Autism Q & A

What is autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disorder that affects children, often in early childhood. The condition affects children differently, and diagnosis involves a spectrum of symptoms, frequently classifying autism as a spectrum disorder.

What are the symptoms of autism?

There are many behaviors that can indicate a child is on the autism spectrum. Common signs of autism in children include:

  • Speech delays
  • Poor motor skills
  • Repetitive movements
  • Lack of interest in relationships
  • Difficulties interacting socially
  • Sensitivities to sights and sounds

Your child may also struggle to stay organized and have difficulties keeping up with classwork, homework, and other responsibilities.

Many of these signs can be an indication that something else is wrong, and it’s important for you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Valencia to rule out underlying medical conditions as soon as possible.

How is autism diagnosed?

Dr. Valencia and her staff offer comprehensive and compassionate developmental screening services to determine if your child’s issues relate to autism.

There’s no specific medical test that can detect the disorder, and Dr. Valencia uses her skills to assess your child’s behaviors based on your information and an evaluation of certain developmental milestones.

Dr. Valencia bases her screenings on your child’s age and medical history and can begin screenings for autism as early as 9 months, as part of a well-child exam.

What treatment options are available for autism?

There are many available options for managing the behaviors of your child’s autism. Early intervention can ensure Dr. Valencia has the opportunity to create a treatment plan to prevent issues with home life, school, and social situations.

Treatments may include one or more therapies that assist your child with specific issues. These therapies may include:

  • Speech therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Relationship therapy

Dr. Valencia can also help with other medical issues that often relate to autism, assisting in treating your child’s depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder alongside autism behaviors.

It’s important to understand that no one treatment works for every child. Dr. Valencia caters to your child’s specific needs and considers all risks and benefits of different therapies, or possible medications, before giving a recommendation.

Additionally, Dr. Valencia can provide guidance for your child’s school and other caregivers to ensure everyone is working towards the same goal — a healthy, happy child.

To learn more about the treatment options for autism, call Valencia Pediatrics or schedule a consultation online today.