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Wednesday 22 Nov 2017

Medical Appointments for Individuals with Autism

Photo from Shutterstock by Alexander Raths

Medical appointments are a fact of life. This is no less true for individuals with autism. To maintain our health and wellness we must visit a variety of doctors for preventative care, diagnostics/testing and in emergencies/urgently when sick. I’ve heard stories from many parents about how difficult medical appointments can be which causes them to avoid these types of situations. This can be extremely dangerous especially since many individuals with autism are less likely to communicate if they are experiencing symptoms. This month we are going to feature articles about choosing the right providers, suggestions for preventative care and additional testing, preparing individuals with autism for specific types of appointments, and maximizing success for a lifetime of better health.

In addition to regular visits to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician, parents may also need to consider making appointments with the following specialists depending on a variety of factors we will explore this month:

  • Allergist – For diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases, including asthma, hay fever, hives, eczema, and drug and food allergies
  • Audiologist – For evaluation and treatment of hearing related problems that cannot be improved by medication or surgery
  • Endocrinologist – To identify and treat disorders of the endocrine glands which secrete hormones into the bloodstream including diabetes, thyroid and growth disorders. (The pituitary, thyroid, pancreas, adrenal, testicles, and ovaries are examples of endocrine glands)
  • Gastroenterologist – For the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the digestive system including the liver, stomach and intestines, and medical conditions such as ulcers, tumors and colitis
  • Geneticist – To identify genetic factors that may play a role in causing a disease, birth defect, or inherited susceptibility to a health problem
  • Neurologist – For the treatment of disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nerves in the spine and extremities, including conditions such as strokes and seizures
  • Nutritionist/Feed Specialist – For evaluation and recommendations regarding weight management and nutritional supplementation and to assist in the development of individualized feeding interventions
  • Optometrist/Ophthalmologist – For the diagnosis and treatment, including surgery, of diseases and disorders of the eye, such as cataracts and glaucoma
  • Dentist – For regular x-rays and cleaning to prevent cavities and other oral health problems
  • Oral Surgeon – For the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the mouth, teeth, jaws and facial structures, including surgical correction of facial deformities and fractures
  • Orthodontist – For the correction of teeth alignment problems which impact proper function and cosmetic aesthetics
  • Sleep Specialist – For the evaluation, diagnosis and management of sleep related problems including sleep apnea, which is defined as breathing lapses greater than 10 seconds during sleep

If you have had issues with medical appointments in the past, have suggestions for good medical professionals in your area or have suggestions for caregivers around making medical appointments a successful experience please comment below!

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