Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Autism through the Life Span

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Autism through the Life Span

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Autism is a diagnostic entity that has captivated our society, if not our world and can no longer be regarded as rare. Appreciation of this condition and its associated medical, genetic, educational, social, recreational and vocational factors has changed the way we view children and adults with developmental disabilities. Management of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through the lifespan requires a spirit of collaboration where all team and family member treat each other with respect, and listen to diverse views with open minds.

Clinicians must be able to assist families at each stage of the individual's life with answers to questions such as; when should I be concerned, which treatments will help, where can I turn for services and what does the future hold? Topics to be reviewed will include addressing the burning question as to whether the perceived increase in prevalence is valid and if so what etiological and epidemiological implications of that increase might be. The clinical features of ASD will be reviewed along with tools for early screening (including for Asperger's Disorder), diagnosis and treatment. Guidelines for developmental interventions will be discussed in the context of developing an individualized profile of strengths and weaknesses. Approaches to addressing common problem behaviors will be reviewed including toileting and sleep.

The physician's role in identifying the biopsychosocial needs of the individual at different ages and stages with emphasis on co-occurring conditions whether primary or secondary to the condition will be addressed. Medical management guidelines will be discussed in a case presentation format. …

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