The Parent's Guide to the Medical World of Autism: A Physician Explains Diagnosis, Medications and Treatments Paperback – 30 May 2014
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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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This is essentially two books in one. The first half of the book is about diagnostic procedures while the second is all about medication.
In the diagnostic half, Dr Aull talks about the different things that he looks for when patients enter his practice. It was quite interesting to discover that he places such a high emphasis on genetic traits. He talks about observations he makes in a child's parents during the interview and the questions he asks about the family.
His personal take on Asperger's syndrome is fascinating and he ascribes many of the common symptoms to anxiety, thus increasing the importance of anti-anxiety medications.
There are some great comments on methods of testing various medications on children and the reasons why this testing is essential. Every child is different and although genetics can give you some clues as to the best medication it doesn't always reveal the entire picture.
The book assumes that parents are looking for the right kind of medication and as such it doesn't deal with questions of whether or not medication of children is right. There are no politics in play here.
The medication chapters discuss different categories of medications and their use in individuals with Asperger's syndrome before moving on to discussions of medications which can assist with ADHD and sleep issues. The discussions include information about how often to use medications, how long the testing period should be and what changes parents should expect to see during that period. There is also some discussion on how different medications interact with each other.
This is a fascinating read which is presented in a way that makes its complex topic much easier to digest.
If you're considering medications or if your child is already on medication, it's well worth reading. Beyond that, every developmental pediatrician should have copies available in their waiting rooms particularly as the early sections cover many of the questions that are likely to occur to parents only after they have left the doctor's office.
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