Below is a guest post by pediatric psychologist Jayne Bellando, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Along with her colleagues, Dr. Bellando co-authored the newly released AS-ATN/AIR-P tool kit Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent’s Guide.
"How can we ease the MRI process for our 3-year-old who has autism? Would full sedation be better than conscious sedation?"
“How early is too early to recognize dyslexia in a child with autism?”
“Our child – soon to be a teenager – has autism, and there are times when we find ourselves in a true behavioral crisis. What can we do besides call 911?”
So important is this question – and so broad the situations and options - that we’ve invited two experts to provide answers.
“We’ve been told our child should get evaluated for autism. How do we get a good evaluation?”
“What is it about autism and food? It seems to provide our son with such comfort. But his narrow focus becomes an obsession that leads to meltdowns.”
“When my aunt is at work, I take care of my 4-year-old cousin who has autism. Her doctor says that developmentally she’s like an 18 month old. I’m writing because she has really bad separation anxiety. Every few minutes she asks when her mommy is coming. Do you have any suggestions on how I can help her feel more comfortable?”
Posted by developmental pediatrician Daniel Coury, medical director of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN). Dr. Coury is also the chief of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.