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View our list of the Autism friendly medical resources located in the Tampa/Hillsborough County area below.

Pediatricians

One of the many things you need to do to prepare for your baby's arrival is to choose a doctor to oversee their health care. A pediatrician is a medical doctor who manages the physical, behavioral, and mental care for children from birth until age 18. A pediatrician is trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.

Pediatricians have graduated from medical school and completed a 3-year residency program in pediatrics. A board-certified pediatrician has passed rigorous exams given by the American Board of Pediatrics. To remain certified, pediatricians have to meet regular continuing education requirements.

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Audiologists

They describe a person with autism as having atypical perception and response to sounds, such as feeling overwhelmed by noisy environments or frequently covering one's ears even when no abrasive noise is present.

Audiologists play a critical role in identifying red flags associated with ASD and distinct from behaviors associated with reduced hearing. Effectively communicating this information to caregivers and referring providers can help route the child for an autism evaluation. Such steps reduce delays in autism identification and enable earlier treatment, which results in improved developmental outcomes for the child.

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Neurologists

Pediatric neurologists are specialized doctors who study and treat children's brains and nervous systems. They treat various conditions related to the central nervous system such as seizures, brain development, and muscle function.

Seizures occur more often in children with autism than in those without it. Some estimates place up to one-third of all people with autism spectrum disorder as having epilepsy. Epilepsy is a seizure disorder. Seizures occur due to the misfiring of electrical signals in the brain and can cause a loss of awareness and muscle control.

Other reasons a child may be referred to a neurologist are a history of prematurity, an abnormally small or large head, or if your doctor believes there is a medical cause for your child’s autism, such as a mitochondrial disorder.

Dentists

Oral health care for a child with the diagnosis of autism is not much different from the oral health care of other children. However, children with autism often have difficulty in communication skills, so cooperation from your child might be a difficult challenge when visiting the dentist.

Some of your dental patients will be autistic. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. This can make a visit to the dentist very stressful. This section looks at why it is stressful and what you can do before and after treatment to make the experience less so.

Therapy and treatment Options

Huge strides have been made in Autism treatment and research by focusing on psychology and psychological treatments like:

→ Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) 
→ Occupational Therapy (OT)
→ Speech Therapy
→ Physical Therapy (PT)
→ Animal/Equine Therapy
→ Family/Marital Counseling

Please check out the Therapy and Treatment Options for Autism page by clicking on the button below.

Early Steps Program

Each child grows at an individual pace, but research shows that a child's first three years are the most important time for learning. Getting help early puts your child on the right path to learn and develop at their full potential. Early Steps Program Bay Area logo
Serving children residing in Hillsborough and Polk Counties
813-974-0602 / 1-866-549-1740

Each child grows at an individual pace, but research shows that a child's first three years are the most important time for learning. Getting help early puts your child on the right path to learn and develop at their full potential.

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**Experienced Autism Alliance (“EAA”) does not endorse any specific treatments or therapies. Information provided is not meant to serve as medical advice. EAA urges individuals exploring any treatment to work with their treating physician to make the best decisions for their own care. 

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