“Our son has developed diabetes, and we know it’s from the weight he gained since starting behavioral medicines. We’ve tried everything to manage his appetite, and it’s tearing us apart to think we’re trading his health for his ability to function in school. What can we do?”
Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have documented high rates of obesity among adolescents with developmental disabilities. The highest rate – around 32 percent – was among those with autism.
A Harvard Medical School analysis of electronic medical records suggests that some children with autism fall into one of three distinct subgroups based on common medical issues.
* Those in the first group have seizures, or epilepsy.
A study funded in part by Autism Speaks suggests that job activities that encourage independence reduce disabling autism symptoms and increase daily living skills. The report appears in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Some researchers estimate that over half of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have some sort of issue with food. These feeding issues can be of significant concern to parents because they might impact their child’s health and wellbeing.