Health Watch - Autism: Treatment

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about autism, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. Once a child has been diagnosed with autism, parents face some difficult choices in finding the best way to treat the child’s condition.

The array of treatment options for autism can be overwhelming. Dr. Catherine Karni, a pediatric psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says pursuing all these treatment options can require a great deal of time and money. The first thing to do is get a confirmed diagnosis from a qualified medical professional. Then parents should educate themselves and learn as much about the condition as possible. Just remember that you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. There’s been a lot of pseudoscience about autism, as well as treatment scams that play on parents’ hopes. It’s best to intervene sooner rather than later. Research has shown that early intervention helps children make short- and long-term gains.  

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April 2011


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