“They are those signals that allow us both to understand that the child is experiencing dysfunctions, and to understand those potentialities that allow us to hope for better prognoses”.
Three predictors in summary are:
- trace in children the presence of the ability to understand the intentions of others,
- track the ability to be within an emotional contagion, as a predictor of empathy,
- trace the structuring of the symbolic game.
These three aspects, with their different gradualness, constitute for pediatricians important predictors of the child’s possible development. In essence, they represent important indicators for early assessing the child’s risk. “This is clearly explained by Magda Di Renzo, developmental psychotherapist and head of the Therapies service of the Institute of Orthophonology (IdO), who will speak at the course tomorrow on the ‘Identification of neurodevelopmental disorders 0-3 years’, made free of charge by the Italian Society of Pediatrics (Sip) in collaboration with the IdO, the Mite Foundation, the Italian Union of Pediatric Specialists (Sispe) and the Italian Society of Neonatology Lazio (Sin).
At this link all the information: https://sip.it/2021/01/15/disturbi-del-neurosviluppo-a-feb febbraio-parte-il-corso-di-ificazione/
The signs of risk
Precisely on the topic of risk signals, a scientific article of the IdO written together with the Sip pediatricians on the ‘Italian Journal of Paediatrics’ is being published.Potential predictors of favorable prognosis in children with autism spectrum disorder: the role of the pediatrician ‘. It is not the first study published by the Institute on autism. “We have conducted various researches on a very important number of children – says the head of the IdO Therapies service – studies already published in scientific journals and available on the IdO website.
Begin within two years of age
What we have highlighted, in particular with this last work, is that we obtain far superior results where the intervention could have started within two years of age. For example – continues the developmental psychotherapist – if earlier, when children started therapy at 3 – 3 and a half years, we obtained results in 4 years of therapy, today they start earlier, we get them in 2 years of therapy .
In fact, intervening in a dysfunction as soon as possible allows us to remodel the course of development – he concludes – while if we intervene when a pathological behavior has already been structured, then we will first have to do a restructuring work and then resume the journey “.
For this reason, the main objective of the Sip course is to promote, as a sentinel, the figure of the ‘competent pediatrician’ in detecting the alarm bells of possible neurodevelopmental disorders in children.
To help them, the IDO and the SIP have also activated a free consultation desk and a clinic, always free, where you can evaluate all children, both with autism hypotheses and those born prematurely, which pediatricians will deem appropriate to send for further information.