Monday, October 29, 2007

AAP Reports

The American Academy of Pediatrics just published two new reports related to ASDs. Although they are written for clinicians, they are sure to have useful information for families.

The first is called "Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders".
It describes signs and symptoms for pediatricians.
The second is "Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders". According to the press release, this report "strongly advises intervention as soon as an ASD diagnosis is seriously considered rather than deferring until a definitive diagnosis is made. The child should be actively engaged in intensive intervention at least 25 hours per week, 12 months per year with a low student-to-teacher ratio allowing for sufficient one-on-one time. " The press release also says, "Pediatricians who treat children with ASDs should recognize that many of their patients will use nonstandard therapies. The report says it’s important for pediatricians to become knowledgeable about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, ask families about current and past CAM use, and provide balanced information and advice about treatment options, including identifying risks or potential harmful effects. They should avoid becoming defensive or dismissing CAM in ways that convey a lack of sensitivity or concern, but they should also help families to understand how to evaluate scientific evidence and recognize unsubstantiated treatments. "

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