The symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) create significant problems for over half of all children with autism and may be both under-recognized and under-treated by pediatricians.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 13, 2011) – For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), routine medical procedures such as having their blood drawn can be very difficult. Communication and social interaction deficits and reliance on fixed routines experienced by many children with ASD are the significant factors to be considered when preparing a child with ASD for a blood draw.
September 13, 2011
Are you thinking about having your child take medicines for challenging behaviors?
Is your child frightened by the routine blood work required during medical care?
Has your child with ASD had a negative experience during a doctor’s visit that has left him or her feeling anxious? Does the prospect of having your child’s blood drawn make you anxious as well? Perhaps this anxiety has even prevented you from seeking needed tests and treatments. This toolkit was designed with you and your child in mind.
The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is a ground-breaking network of hospitals, physicians, researchers, and families at 14 locations (our “sites”) across the United States and Canada. We are working together to develop the most effective approach to medical care for children and adolescents affected by autism.
Dianna Varady is currently the Statewide Chapter Advocacy Chair for Autism Speaks in Arkansas, advocating for autism research and services at the federal level, as well as leading the grassroots effort that resulted in Arkansas becoming the 24th state to enact autism insurance reform in 2011. Dianna has a son with autism.
On January 25 and 26, the first ever Autism and Immunology Workshop took place in Pasadena, Calif. on the campus of the California Institute of Technology. Organized by Cure Autism Now, and co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and a donation from Mr.