Feb 15, 2010 Issue
Primary Care for Children with Autism [Article]

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 ...

Jun 15, 2009 Issue
Risperidone (Risperdal) for Management of Autistic Disorder [STEPS]

Risperidone does not alter the course of autistic disorder, but is effective for controlling irritability and other associated symptoms. Patients taking risperidone should be appropriately monitored for adverse effects, especially abnormal movements.

Dec 15, 2008 Issue
AAP Releases Guidelines on Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders [Practice Guidelines]

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are generally not “curable,” and long-term management is required. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidelines on management of ASDs.

Dec 1, 2008 Issue
AAP Releases Guidelines on Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [Practice Guidelines]

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidelines on identification of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ASDs represent three of the pervasive developmental disorders defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. (DSM-IV): autistic disorder, ...

Sep 15, 2008 Issue
Autism [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of early, intensive, multidisciplinary intervention programs in children with autism? What are the effects of dietary interventions in children with autism? What are the effects of drug and nondrug treatments in children with autism?

Dec 15, 2006 Issue
CDC Releases Report on Rate of Autism in the United States [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released findings of two surveys, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), to determine the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders.

Nov 1, 2002 Issue
Autism: A Medical Primer [Article]

Autistic disorder, a pervasive developmental disorder resulting in social, language, or sensorimotor deficits, occurs in approximately seven of 10,000 persons. Early detection and intervention significantly improve outcome, with about one third of autistic persons achieving some degree of independen...

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