Dr. Eileen Shi Discusses Autism Awareness on NBC

Dr. Eileen Shi joins KSNV's morning news to discuss autism and vaccinations in honor of Autism Awareness Month on NBC

Dr. Eileen Shi joins KSNV's morning news to discuss autism and vaccinations in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

marian you know April is Autism Awareness

Month and statistics show the autism

rate has steadily increased over the

last 20 years autism affects 1 in 68

children now in joining me this morning

is dr. Eileen she with healthcare

partners discuss autism awareness month

and the vaccine controversy surrounding

a good morning good morning how are you

good so let's first talk about this

spectrum disorder and how prevalent it

is I feel like we hear more and more

about it more parents talking about it

now I think we are definitely becoming

more aware of autism because we're

knowing what to look for in terms of the

behaviors and the cue salope Frank

developmental factors so and

pediatricians are also having more

conversations and parents are bringing

up the conversation so you know that in

children and young ages between 18 to 24

months it's generally when as a

pediatrician we always screen for

developmental markers if your child's

showing any signs of autism which is

mainly a social deficits so your tire

might not be making the same kind of

connectivity with other people in a

group setting he or she may be

interested in an object or repetitive

movements and not be maybe making great

eye contact with you can are there cases

to where a child is diagnosed with the

spectrum disorder later on in life as

well or is it pretty you know when

they're very young there are cases that

are diagnosed later in life but we do

think that all system happens young in a

young age which cost us sometimes a lot

of the controversies with autism of

vaccinations because at a young age is

when children also get vaccinated

against these preventable diseases are

most dangerous to them so at this age

and coin-sized the same time where your

child is developing showing those

deficits so but most of the time we do

diagnose it early mm-hmm and let's talk

about this controversy with vaccines and

the perceived connection with autism as

a doctor is there a link sorry so far

scientifically there's no evidence

there's been a lot of studies has done

to show no causality so we know that

there might be a time coin set

coincidence that they're colliding at

the same time but also autism by

definition is also a multifactorial


neurodevelopmental disorder and so

you'll you would expect to see that in a

child is growing and changing what would

you say to a parent who is very

convinced that I don't want to give

vaccinations to my child I think it's

fair to have that any kind of opinion

regarding vaccinations for your own

child but the provider and the parable

should provide and coordinate the care

of the top of the child so if you have

any concerns or any hesitation I would

always talk to your pediatrician and

bring up that conversation and really

have a good heart to heart to find

what's a good common ground for you too

and how about treatments but let's

briefly talk about treatments for

children with autism treatments for

children autism is a lot of early to

invention we do know that the earlier

you intervene for a child the better the

outcome will be so if you have that

concern you're seeing some suspicious

behavior that your child is not quite

making con because that I contact with

you or not making that connectedness

with you bring it up to your

pediatrician early and the lot can be

done when this are done early it's good

to have that discussion and the very

early stages and talk to your doctor

about it all right well thank you so

much for joining us this morning that

you can do for your insight the time now

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Key takeaways

  • We are becoming more aware of autism
  • We know what to look for in behaviors and queues
  • Children's 18-24 months are for screening
  • There are cases that are diagnoses later in life but are mostly in young age
  • Scientifically, there are no links to Autism and vaccines.
  • The earlier we diagnose it the better the outcome will be

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