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Doctors Confused About How To Treat Autism?

How to Treat Autism?

There seems to be a great non-consensus in the answer. Is treating autism by various methods the best approach?

Half of the children afflicted with autism spectrum disorders are slipping through the cracks and not being diagnosed until they are already in school.

The results of a survey taken in 20011 are in. Over 4,000 participated in the survey released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Facts are revealed in a report by Denise Mann published on WebMD Health News.

More than half of school-aged kids were age 5 or older when they were first diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the study showed. Less than 20% were diagnosed by age 2. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen children for autism at 18 months of age.

Autism Therapy

Are psychotropic drugs the answer?

Being that autism rates have risen dramatically that would mean a great portion of the population have slipped through the cracks. They have passed the prime years of development.

“Research tells us that children who start intervention earlier do better in the long run,” says Geraldine Dawson, PhD, in an email. She is the chief science officer at Autism Speaks. “We can reliably diagnosis autism by 24 months, so professionals need to do a better job, including screening all children at 18 and 24 months.”

In the study, 12% of kids with autism spectrum disorder didn’t receive any of the suggested services. Less than half received the kind of behavioral therapies that are believed to be most helpful.

There’s more to the story on WebMd here http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20120523/most-children-with-autism-diagnosed-at-5-or-older

What do you think about the fact that over 50% of children diagnosed with autism don’t recieve the type of therapy most conducive to progress?

What type of therapy are the other kids getting?

We’ve heard of one draconian clinic using shock therapy.

The Data Brief of NCHS disclosed autism spectrum disorder statistics and the outlook for afflicted children shows room for improvement.
Many key points were made by by John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today. He has covered biomedicine and medical technology for 30 years.

Other key findings include:

56% of children were taking at least one psychotropic medication including stimulants (32%), mood stabilizers (26%), antidepressants (20%), sleep enhancers (19%), and/or antipsychotic drugs (14%).
Among children younger than 12, 91% were using some type of healthcare service for their disability, such as speech therapy or social skills training, and 61% were using at least three.
Primary care providers and psychologists were the most common source of autism spectrum diagnoses before age 5, while older children were more often diagnosed by physician specialists.
Pringle and colleagues observed that the variety of psychotropic medications used in children with an autism spectrum disorder could have at least two explanations.

It may reflect the presence of “co-occurring symptoms,” or perhaps the “absence of clear practice guidelines for psychotropic medications in children with autism spectrum disorders,” they wrote.

They also expressed concern about the pattern of healthcare service use identified in the survey…

Pringle and colleagues observed that the variety of psychotropic medications used in children with an autism spectrum disorder could have at least two explanations.

It may reflect the presence of “co-occurring symptoms,” or perhaps the “absence of clear practice guidelines for psychotropic medications in children with autism spectrum disorders,” they wrote.

They also expressed concern about the pattern of healthcare service use identified in the survey.

Although most children were receiving some type of therapy, 12% were not. Moreover, only about 40% of parents reported behavioral intervention or modification services, “the most well-established and efficacious intervention for autism spectrum disorders.”

Read the rest of the article on MedPage Today.

Half of children of autism spectrum syndrome are being diagnosed later than optimal. A major portion are not receiving autism therapy best suited to their needs.

What do you think could be done to improve these statistics?

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