February 16th 2023
Both the CDC and the AAP stress the need to look at how resources are allocated for autism spectrum disorder.
January 2nd 2023
Diagnostic observation schedule not necessary for autism diagnosis in childrenDecember 19th 2022
When comparing the rate of diagnoses for autism spectrum disorder given clinically to those given through the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), consistency between the 2 methods was found.
Impact of the pandemic on kids with autism is significantMay 2nd 2021
The pandemic has drastically changed the lives of children, but children with autism spectrum disorder in particular lost the routines that made life easier to handle. A study presented at the virtual 2021 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting offers insight.
Does prenatal mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency lead to risk of intellectual disabilities in offspring?July 16th 2020
Severe iodine deficiency in pregnancy has been linked to intellectual disabilities in offspring. An investigation studies whether the same is true for mild-to-moderate deficiency.
Early screen time could lead to ASD-like symptomsApril 24th 2020
Despite clear guidelines opposing it, some children aged younger than 18 months get screen time with televisions, tablets, or cell phones. A new study indicates that these early exposures could increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like symptoms later in life.
Elopement and wandering with ASD: Practical tips for PCPsAugust 13th 2019
Elopement and wandering are serious problems for families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Here are practical ways primary care providers (PCPs) and families can work together to keep their children safe.
Vaccinations: Immunizations Do Not Cause Autism Spectrum Disorder . . . They Prevent DiseaseJune 25th 2011
In response to publicity about an alleged but erroneous link between vaccination and autism, the number of children who are being immunized has decreased. This is of concern because many vaccine-preventable diseases have potentially devastating and even lethal consequences.
Making a Better Place to Live For Children With AutismApril 13th 2011
West Virginia (the state in which I practice) was not one of the 10 best places to live if you have autism, according to this year’s survey from Autism Speaks. Although thanks to a piece of legislation enacted this month, it is now a better place to live if you have autism. Your state can become better too.
Transition to Adulthood for Youths With Autism and the Need to Advocate an Early StartApril 6th 2011
The recent article in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine by Shattuck and colleagues should act as a wakeup call to all policymakers about the use of resources for families with disabilities. The transition from being a dependent adolescent with autism to an independent adult requires a major financial and social investment from schools, families, and entire communities.
Navigating the Autism Therapy Maze: 9 Ways to Help Families Find What WorksSeptember 9th 2010
Families of children with an autism spectrum disorder face many hurdles when seeking care for their child. Creating resource handouts for parents and partnering with educational institutions and research facilities are just a few ways pediatricians can help guide these families through the maze of therapeutic options.
Child With Difficulty in WalkingApril 29th 2010
A 4-year-old boy with a history of autism presents to his pediatrician’s office with a complaint of right leg pain. He is presumed to have pulled a muscle; an elastic bandage is applied and he is given ibuprofen. Over the next few days, he begins falling and tripping and is unable to maintain his balance. At a return visit, the patient’s mother says her son’s right leg is “like Jell-O” and that he appears to be dragging the leg.