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Posted by Amy Daniels, PhD, Autism Speaks assistant director for public health research

In early September, Autism Speaks Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs Andy Shih and I traveled to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (keer-gih-STAN) at the invitation of the nation’s largest parent-led advocacy organization, “Hand in Hand”(Ruka v Ruke).  

“My adult autistic son has been spitting up. It seems to be triggered by anxiety, will last a day and then stop as quickly as it started. He’s on medication for gastric reflux and had endoscopies to open up a narrow esophagus. He also takes medication for seizures and has a hiatal hernia. Any suggestions?” 

“When I physically discipline my 6-year-old son [who has autism], he starts to hit himself. Should I use physical discipline? Do I just let him hit himself?”