“Can you explain the new DSM-5 category of Social Communication Disorder? Who would receive this diagnosis, and what therapies would help?”
This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is by child psychologist Lauren Elder, Autism Speaks assistant director for dissemination science
You asked, and Autism Speaks listened. The recent publication of the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P tool kit, “Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent’s Guide,” drew a tremendous response from our community. Your emails expressed not just appreciation, but also an overflow of personal stories and pleas for further guidance.
This is a blog post by Harriet B. Austin, Ph.D., Senior Instructor and LEND Family Discipline Director, UC-Denver JFK Partners; Children's Hospital. Dr. Austin authored that latest ATN/AIR-P tool kit, A Clinician's Guide to Providing Effective Feedback to Families Affected by Autism, along with Terry Katz, Ph.D. and John Paul M. Reyes, M.A.
Posted by Andy Shih, Autism Speaks senior vice president for scientific affairs
"Is sedation safe for a dental visit? Our 25-year-old son has autism, and it’s so upsetting to see him strapped into a jacket for procedures."
“Our teen, who has autism, has been taking a lot longer to do even simple things like getting up from the table or getting into a car. Could this be catatonia? How do we know, and what should we do?”
“You recently posted two blogs on managing recurrent behavioral crises. This isn’t a chronic problem for us. But there are times when our son has public meltdowns. Can you offer some effective strategies for handling the situation?”
"How can we ease the MRI process for our 3-year-old who has autism? Would full sedation be better than conscious sedation?"
Posted by occupational therapist Alison Wheeland, a doctoral student at the University of Southern California serving her doctoral residency with Autism Speaks. Her work with Autism Speaks involves developing information about occupational therapy services across the lifespan for those with autism.