Child and Family Care Educates Parents About ADHD And Autism

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The symptoms of ADHD and autism are often missed, so Child and Family Care is setting out to educate the public about what to look for and how to get screened for these conditions.

Child and Family Care, a division of Stephanie F. Russo, MD in Erie, Pa., treats patients suffering from a variety of ailments and conditions. Two of the disorders most commonly seen in the clinic are ADHD and autism, and the clinic has seen too many cases where these conditions were not identified as early as they shcould have been. This is why Child and Family Care is emphasizing patient education while also offering comprehensive ADHD and autism screenings.

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that manifests itself in both children and adults. The most common symptoms of this condition are inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsiveness, or a combination of these. Because many of these symptoms can be mistaken for "kids just being kids," the condition is often overlooked, depriving patients of the care and treatment they need to live healthy lives. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children, affecting about 3 - 5 percent of school aged children.

Similarly, autism can cause children to behave in unusual and often unpredictable ways. The symptoms vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the condition, and it is possible for children suffering from autism to live healthy and productive lives if they receive the right care. This is why Child and Family Care offers both ADHD and autism screening programs for children throughout the community.

"Autism Screening is often done prior to a more specific in-depth assessment for autism," said Dr. Stephanie Russo, owner of Child and Family Care. "Screening may be used as a part of the assessment process as a method intended to lead to a yes/no decision that autism is either unlikely or is possible and requires further evaluation."

It is important to diagnose these conditions early so that parents and physicians can begin treatment as soon as possible. Parents interested in learning more about the screening methods or treatments made available at Child and Family Care are encouraged to visit the clinic's website.

About the company:
Child and Family Care is a division of Stephanie F. Russo, MD. Dr. Russo employs a psychologist and a variety of therapists. At Child and Family Care, they believe that raising a child is a rewarding, as well as a challenging experience for a parent. Their goal is to help their clients enjoy this experience and to assure that their child's full potential is reached. They believe that healthy children are the results of healthy families and communities. Child and Family Care offer's confidential and professional services for families, offering a variety of treatment methods to help address problems. They offer Individual, Group, Family, and Marriage Counseling, along with Play Therapy and Neuropsychological Evaluation. For more information visit their website at

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