New Report Urges Autism Screening for All Children (page 2)

New Report Urges Autism Screening for All Children

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Updated on Jan 28, 2008

Should autism be diagnosed, doctors will now have a set of tools to guide families through the treatment phase. “It used to be doctors would give a diagnosis and say, 'good-bye and good luck'. This is a complete 180 from that,” Peter Bell says.

The AAP also recognizes in this report something parents have tried to get through to the medical community for many years: that intervention can take many forms. While some parents may consider pharmaceuticals, others will want to explore complementary and alternative medicine options, like vitamin and mineral supplements and diet restrictions. The report says doctors need to be more willing to give balanced advice to their patients. This means that even if your pediatrician doesn't think a gluten-free diet will work, he will still discuss the pros and cons with you.

However, parents need to hold up their end of the bargain by keeping their doctors in the loop, says Yankus. “If there's something you would like to try, tell us. I want to give it a whirl, but want the child to be safe,” he says.

These recommendations are now the gold standard for AAP, and that means from now on it's a parent's right to ask for autism screenings. It's a small, but collaborative step in recognizing the signs early, and getting help for children sooner, rather than later.

For the AAP's autism checklist, go to:


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