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Book details
  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Drug Guides
  • Language:English
  • Pages:122
  • eBook ISBN:9780986067341

The Parent’s Guide to the Medical World of Autism

A Physician Explains Diagnosis, Medications & Treatments

by Edward Aull, MD

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When families are faced with a diagnosis of autism, they find themselves swimming in a vast sea of new terms and treatment options. It can be hard to know what to try or how to proceed. In this book, Dr Aull identifies the best and safest treatment strategies for your child’s particular diagnosis. Dr Aull explains how he assigns an autism diagnosis and presents the medical treatments available to children and young adults on the spectrum. He offers invaluable information on the results you can expect with all types of medications and what can be done to create a successful treatment regimen. Here you will find your guide to: • The diagnosis and possible causes of autism • The evaluation process • Treatment options • Anxiety issues • Sleep issues
This book was written with the intention of helping families and professionals understand the difficulties and nuances of using medications to treat patients with autism spectrum disorders. Hopefully, after reading this book, you will understand some of the difficulties with using medication, and you’ll understand why certain responses to treatment may be acceptable and some not. I hope it will be especially helpful to you if you have previously given medication a try without good success and you would be willing to give it a second chance. I hope to explain why medications may have met with poor success and why it may be worthwhile to give them another trial. Since the writing of this book, the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has been finalized and published. Severe autism, moderate autism, high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders—not otherwise specified have been subsumed under autism spectrum disorder. The autism spectrum is then divided by severity levels, which are dependent on the level of support required for social communication and restricted, repetitive behaviors. Throughout this book, however, I am going to continue to use the DSM-IV terminology. I believe the older terminology is easier to understand, and I believe it will continue to be used by both professionals and families. It should be noted, however, that some of the patients I have written about who have milder autism may no longer meet the DSM-5 criteria for an autism spectrum disorder. Instead, they will meet the criteria for social (pragmatic) communication disorder. However, I believe many patients who meet the criteria for social communication disorder will benefit from medication treatments that are used for patients with autism spectrum disorders.
About the author
Dr Aull is a behavioral pediatrician who has been diagnosing autism spectrum disorders and treating patients on the spectrum for more than 30 years. He practices in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, where he resides with his wife. Dr Aull spent 24 years in a general pediatric practice, which aided him in being able to distinguish normal behavior from abnormal behavior in children and young adults. For many years, Dr Aull has spoken at ADHD and autism conferences about the milder forms of autism spectrum disorders and how they may be diagnosed and treated.

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