Guest post by Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Life, Animated, his newly published memoir of his and his wife’s 20-year journey connecting with their son Owen, who has autism.
We needed to call it something.
“PANDAS turned out to be the cause of new obsessive-compulsive symptoms in our son, who also has autism. But the lack of information and awareness left his symptoms untreated for nearly 3 years. Would love you to help more people understand.”
By Autism Speaks Assistant Director for Dissemination Science Lauren Elder.
Guest blog post by pediatrician Bob Sears, a primary-care pediatrician in Capistrano Beach, California, and the author of The Autism Book. “Dr. Bob,” as he likes to be known, is one of three pediatrician sons of the well-known pediatrician William Sears and pediatric nurse Martha Sears.
“Our grown son - who's severely affected by autism and living in a group home - no longer eats anything but white-bread bologna sandwiches. We're really concerned about his health. What can we do or where can we find help?”
“Our 10-year-old son has high-functioning autism. He really wants to play with other kids at recess but has a hard time catching and kicking balls. We tried soccer to improve his skills. But he comes home angry because he keeps missing that ball. Is his clumsiness just a part of his autism, or is there something we can do to help?”
By neurologist Beth Malow, of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and psychologist Terry Katz, of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Both centers are part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.