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April is National Autism Awareness Month! As a result, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about autism and people’s important questions about it. At HealthPark Pediatrics, we are here to provide information that can help you and your family. 

Learning About Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month provides an opportunity for the stigma of autism to be recognized and reconsidered. Moreover, learning more can give others the chance to be more understanding. 

What defines autism in children?

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention defined autism spectrum disorder as a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. It can begin before the age of three and more than likely remain throughout a person’s life, even though symptoms can improve. 

What can cause autism?

There is no one cause of autism. However, according to Healthline, it is assumed that autism stems from a combination of genetic and environmental influences. Genetically, it can be connected to having an immediate family member who has autism or specific genetic mutations. 

Different exposures at birth or low birth weight are often assumed to contribute to environmental reasons. However, there is no definite cause associated with autism in children.  

What are the signs and symptoms of autism in children? 

There are multiple signs and symptoms of autism in children to consider. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks them down into three major categories, with underlying specific characteristics under each one. You can find the complete list of signs and symptoms here.  

  • Social Communication and Interaction Skills 
  • Restricted or Repetitive Behaviors or Interests 
  • Other Characteristics

After looking through the signs and symptoms, you may have questions. That is entirely understandable as these actions can look different in every child. No two cases of autism are the same, and we recognize the importance of making that distinction. Find the care and answers that best fit your child’s situation. 

How can I learn more about autism? 

Finding new resources for more knowledge can be very helpful for those who have a child with autism in their life. There are many places to discover these. For example, one of the best resources you can find is your pediatrician. At HeathPark Pediatrics, our providers are here to answer your questions and provide insight into your child’s health. We can also provide further resources and information as you see fit.  

What is the next step after my child has been diagnosed with autism? 

If you are the parent of a child with autism, there are many ways to ensure the best environment for their growth and success. Autism Awareness Month is a great time to become aware and even have insight when interacting with children who may not even be your own. 

Children with autism need a routine. It is an essential aspect of their growth, and creating a visual for this can help them even more. This can detail each part of their day, so there is no need for them to feel doubt or overwhelmed. 


Autism Awareness Month gives us all a reason to step back and learn more about autism in children. Whether it affects you personally or not, it is excellent to have this knowledge for others. Do you have questions about your child with autism? We are happy to answer all of your questions. Request an appointment here or give us a call at (919) 896-7066.