Connecting moms in Polk County, Fla.
Hello everyone i'm new to this i was wondering if anyone knows of any Doctors that specialize in helping kids with autism.
Please i would really appreciate any suggestions.
Dr Eanett with Watson clinic does a great job however he is not an autism specialist per say. He is a pediatrician.
He has worked with my children for the last 20 years. Three of which are on the spectrum.
It depends what you are looking for, and what type of help your child needs. Different kids need different docs, as no two kids with autism are exactly alike. An occupational therapist to address sensory issues, fine/gross motor issues, etc. would be good, a speech therapist to address speech delays is good...an ABA therapist is good too.
I did lots of research on this but it was years ago. When my son was two, I asked his pediatrician for a recommendation due to his bizarre behavior and developmental delays. She recommended a psychologist who went on to tell us he was borderline autistic. We had him re-tested over the years and he never fell in that category again, but he did have a lot of different developmental issues that mirrored autistic symptoms (speech delay, behavioral issues, fine and gross motor delays, dyspraxia, low muscle tone, sensory processing issues, etc).
There was a DAN doctor in Tampa or Orlando that specialized in diets and supplements, etc, but we never went there. We found developmental pediatricians to be helpful with diagnosis. Over the years we have seen other doctors for different issues, including pediatric neurologists, neuropsychologists, and mental health counselors. Most of the specialists we saw were in Tampa and Orlando. There are counselors who can do some testing, and who have "social skills" classes for kids, like Donna Grosser at Family Learning Solutions in Winter Haven. We went there for a little while and I really liked her.
I would recommend going to a PEACE meeting and getting in touch with Nicole Torres. USF's CARD was a big help for us too. They even sent a rep out to my son's day care to evaluate him and to give the teachers information on how to help him. Also, depending how old your kid is, the state will help you. We got free therapy for my son before he was three, and at three he transitioned to the public schools ESE pre-k program. Before age three, you contact Early Steps and after three it is Child Find. I still get emails from FDLRS and the schools about meetings and workshops for parents of kids with disabilities. I haven't been to one in over a year, but they are so informative, and it's free help.
If you narrow it down to what type of doc or therapist you are looking for, I can probably recommend one!
There is only one pediatric neurologist in Polk County. That is Kids Neurology. Dr Schick is my kids pediatrician