Autism Spectrum Testing in Fayetteville, NC

Our experienced pediatricians are dedicated to providing comprehensive testing and evaluation to identify symptoms and warning signs of autism. From mild to intense, ASD is a spectrum disorder, and our goal is to provide support and intervention based on your child’s unique needs.

If you have concerns about your child’s development or suspect they may be on the autism spectrum, don’t hesitate to reach out to our clinic in Fayetteville or Raeford, NC. Contact us today by calling (910) 848-5437 to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward understanding and supporting your child’s health and well-being.

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Know the Symptoms & Warning Signs of Autism

Autism is a spectral condition that affects neurodevelopment, causing difficulty with socializing and communication. Since it is measured on a spectrum, it can be very mild or very intense. It is a cover-all term used for things that were previously known as:

  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Autistic Disorder

Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Because Autism is a spectral disorder, it appears differently in every case. On a general level, people who have autism may have repetitive behavior, and may not be engaged with the outside world as much as someone who does not have autism. These are broad ways to define it, but since each case of autism varies so highly, it is hard to define concrete symptoms tied to autism spectrum disorder. Some ways that Autism is displayed is:

  • Does not like physical contact with people.
  • Prefers alone time to socializing time
  • Little-to-no eye contact.
  • May not seem to be attached to people.
  • Speech may be minimal, reserved for commands and exchanging information only, may seem robotic.
  • May not like change.
  • May be very habitual.
  • Overstimulated easily.

While Autism Spectrum Disorder is generally viewed as a learning disability, some people with Autism Spectrum Disorder will actually be able to learn much faster than people who do not have Autism Spectrum Disorder. The symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder are so heavily variant, since autism is very different in every individual and requires an individualized approach.

What to do if I suspect my child has Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Center for Disease Control has an Autism Spectrum Disorder tool on their website. ( The signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder are often recognized during a child’s development:

  • Won’t respond to name
  • Doesn’t like to be held or cuddled
  • Regression of language skills
  • Seems to not develop like “other kids”

When it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder in children, it can be very hard to identify. If you fear your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, taking them to see a pediatric doctor may be a good first step.

An important thing to remember when facing a potential diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is that many people with a diagnosis live full, normal, healthy lives. With therapy and a healthy childhood, many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are totally capable of living independently and having a happy and productive life.

Schedule an Appointment for Autism Diagnosis & Management in Fayetteville, NC

Kids First Pediatrics of Raeford & Fayetteville are here to help you if you suspect your child is showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Getting an accurate diagnosis and creating a personalized treatment plan is important. Request an appointment online today or give us a call to get more information. You can reach our Raeford office at (910) 848-5437 or our Fayetteville office at (910) 306-5437