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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

What type of medical testing do you suggest?

When parents first receive the diagnosis of autism one of the first things they typically do is starting searching the internet for information about autism, causes and treatments. You’ll find a plethora of information all of which may seem extremely overwhelming. The key to success for any family, however, is going to be information. So, now I bet you’re wondering what information you’ll need? Well, all the parents I come in contact with first and foremost get information on the number one treatment methodology which are interventions based on the science Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is essentially a set of principles and procedures which guide the effective teaching of any skill. By any skill I mean ANY skill. No matter what difficulties your child is having, a good, solid ABA program which focuses on teaching in the natural environment is the key to success. But, I diverge, this is not what you’re here to read. What I’m here to talk to you about today is the second piece of information I give to families: seek out additional medical testing to rule-out co-morbid medical conditions!! So now the big question is “What testing do you suggest?”

When it comes to medical testing, I’m a proponent of the more the better. I’d rather parents have actually medical information to help them guide their decisions rather than baseless conjecture founded solely on the advice of others. Below is a list of medical tests I think every parent should seek just to be on the safe side. In many cases you’re dealing with children who are unable to express if they’re in pain, feel sick, etc. So we need to do our due diligence to make sure we’re taking all relevant information into consideration when developing treatment plans.

Allergies – Many people think individuals with autism have allergies, intolerances or sensitivities to certain foods so they will restrict access to these foods. Unfortunately, some families will start restricting food intake before getting their child tested for allergies. If you haven’t had an allergy test (the blood test IgG is the most reliable) completed restricting your child’s diet is meaningless. Many individuals with autism do have allergies to certain foods and those will need to be restricted in their diet, but the only way to know for sure is to visit an allergist.

Nutritionist – Many individuals with autism are selective eaters which greatly restricts their diet and their intake of macro and micro nutrients. It is extremely important to seek out information and advice from a professional nutritionist to help you better understand what your child’s diet is missing. A balanced diet gives us all the building blocks our brains and bodies need to grow, learn and perform. Once you know what your child’s diet is missing, it may be necessary to work with a feeding specialist or a behavior analyst to help you get your child to eat the food that will maximize their health and wellness.

Gastroenterologist – GI issues are common among individuals with autism. Many times improving your child’s diet and restricting any foods to which they are allergic will alleviate some of these problems (i.e. constipation, diarrhea, etc). If you’ve addressed their dietary needs and issues still persist, it is a good idea to get testing done to ensure their stomach, intestines and liver are all functioning properly.

Neurologist – One is four individuals with autism experience seizures. Seizures may or may not start in early childhood. Sometimes seizure activity does not begin until adolescence when hormones are changing. A neurologist will be able to conduct testing to identify if your child is having seizure activity (i.e. EEG). It is important to know that not all seizures look the same so just because it doesn’t LOOK like your child is having seizures doesn’t mean their not! Some seizures are very noticeable, but many can be hidden and present symptoms such as staring spells, self-injury, explosive outburst, regression of skills, and more.

Sleep Specialist – Many individuals with autism show patterns of sleep disturbances. This may include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or waking early. It’s important to work with a sleep specialist to address any sleep issues which may be rooted in a medical problem or neuro-chemical imbalance. Once you’ve identified the issue it will be important to work with a behavior analyst to help you implement any intervention procedures especially if their likely to be difficult when first starting.

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