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Encouraging Patients to Change Unhealthy Behaviors With Motivational Interviewing - Feature

Primary Care for Children with Autism - Article

ABSTRACT: The earliest sign of autism in children is the delayed attainment of social skill milestones, including joint attention, social orienting, and pretend play. Language impairment is a common, but less specific, sign of autism. Repetitive behaviors and restricted interests may not be noted until after social skill and communication impairments are exhibited. Physicians should perform developmental surveillance at all well-child visits, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends administering an autism-specific screening tool at the 18- and 24-month visits. A referral for comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is appropriate if concerns arise from surveillance, screening, or parental observations. The goals of long-term management are to maximize functional independence and community engagement, minimize maladaptive behaviors, and provide family and caregiver support. Physicians play an important role in coordinating care through an interdisciplinary team; referring families for specialized services; and treating children's associated conditions, including sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety, and hyperactivity. Autism is a lifelong condition, but early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment can improve the prognosis, whereas associated medical conditions, psychiatric conditions, and intellectual disability can worsen the prognosis.

Interventions to Help Patients Reduce or Eliminate the Use of Smokeless Tobacco - Cochrane for Clinicians

All Thumbs - Photo Quiz

Labeling the Somatically Preoccupied: Have We Gone Too Far? - Editorials

Reframing Our Approach to Domestic Violence: The Cyclic Batterer Syndrome - Editorials

Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

AAP Releases Guideline on Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of ADHD - Practice Guidelines

ADHD Interventions in Children Younger Than Six Years - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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