Case Study A: Early Intervention and Education
Appropriate, early, intensive educational therapies greatly improve long-term outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Effective primary care management of ASDs includes supporting families by providing referrals for appropriate therapies and community resources.
Case Study B: Treatments for Autism
Children with ASDs often present with challenging or maladaptive behaviors that are commonly seen in addition to the core deficits. Pediatricians are often called upon to help evaluate children for underlying medical concerns and to facilitate obtaining appropriate treatment.
Case Study C: Autism-Specific Anticipatory Guidance
Children with ASDs present with issues and challenges similar to those of typically developing children, but special consideration may be needed when evaluating these issues and providing anticipatory guidance to families.
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Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use with the exception of Dr. Bridgemohan, Dr. Huffman, Dr. Farrell, and Dr. Tang’s modules on Early Intervention and Education and Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders. These modules discuss many of the medications used to help with maladaptive behaviors and psychiatric co-morbidities prevalent in children with ASDs which are used off-label. A primary care provider may encounter a child with an ASD on one or more of these medications in the course of his or her practice. It is important to be aware of side-effect profiles, contraindications, and health monitoring in children on these medications. While side effects should be monitored by the prescriber, the primary care provider also needs to make sure these are monitored, be aware of the possible drug interactions with other medications prescribed, and know the side effects so they can be considered in the differential diagnosis of symptoms brought to the primary care office for treatment. This case educates users on medications others may be prescribing for their patients, so they can understand and best manage their patient’s overall health and well being. The primary care provider should be aware of which are FDA approved and which are not.
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