Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Note From the Editor-in-Chief

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry

Welcome to the autism issue! We interviewed Dr. Serena Wieder on evidence-based developmental approaches for kids with ASD, ones that bring the humanity back into autism treatment by returning our focus to the nurturing relationships between parents and children, building on children’s ideas to improve communication and learning. These belong at the t

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Prescribing Antipsychotics in Aggressive Children With ADHD

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry

It’s a vexing question: At what point do you consider prescribing antipsychotics for aggressive children? The potential side effects—weight gain, sedation, possible movement side effects, and metabolic abnormalities—encourage us to think long and hard about this, and there are few good evidence-based guidelines. The recent Treatment of Severe C

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Expert Q&A

Including Parents in Autism Intervention

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | Practice Tools and Tips

CCPR: Can you begin by telling us what is unique about the Profectum Foundation? Dr. Wieder: At Profectum, relationships are the driving force of intervention. We embraced the DIR (Developmental, Individual Difference, and Relationship-based) Model I developed with the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. DIR was revolutionary. It redefined functional emotional

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Research Update

Simvastatin as Adjunctive Therapy for Irritability in Autism

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | Research Update

Review of: Moazen-Zadeh E et al, J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol 2018;28(1):82–89. Disorders of lipid metabolism—specifically inefficient metabolism of lipids—have been implicated as part of the metabolic complexity in children with autism spectrum disorder. Research points to the neuroprotective effects of simvastatin over other statins, due t

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Research Update

Understanding Tantrums in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | Research Update

Review of: Mayes S et al, J Dev Phys Disabil 2017;29(4):587–596 Why do children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have tantrums? One theory is that these tantrums are due in part to children’s frustration with not being able to express themselves. This theory has led to a treatment approach called “mand training.” A mand is a verbal request

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CME Post-Test

Take The CME Post-Test for ADHD in Children and Adolescents, CCPR, September/October 2017

Topics: ADHD | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | Research Update

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only (October 31, 2018). By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 2 CME credits. Click here to take your CME test. Note: All of the CME tests are available in the “My Account” section of the site when you are logge

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Research Update

Is Minocycline Effective When Added to Risperidone for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | Research Update

Review of: Ghaleiha A et al, J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol 2016;26(9): 784–791. The only medication treatments approved for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are the antipsychotics risperidone and aripiprazole, which are indicated specifically to manage irritability associated with ASD. There’s been some interest in minocycline, which is a second-

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From Infantile Autism to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | DSM | Free Articles

Changes in diagnostic criteria not only affect the clinical and public perception of a disorder, but also its perceived prevalence. Such is the case with autism. The evolution of the autism diagnosis since it was introduced into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) in 1980 inarguably has altered its reported prevalence, rising from an estimated 1

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Expert Q&A

Evolution of the Autism Diagnosis

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | DSM

CCPR: Where did autism arise, and how do we understand its evolution over the last 50 years? Dr. Volkmar: The history of autism goes back many years. There is a small literature suggesting that some of the reports of so-called “feral children” in Europe starting in the very late 1700s/early 1800s, eg, Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron by Itard, may

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CME Post-Test

Take The CME Post-Test for Autism in Children and Adolescents, CCPR, January/February 2017

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | DSM

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only (December 31, 2017). By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 2 CME credits. Click here to take your CME test. Note: All of the CME tests are available in the “My Account” section of the site when you are logg

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Research Update

Metformin Use in Autistic Children Taking Atypical Antipsychotics

Topics: Antipsychotics | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Child Psychiatry | Research Updates

Review of: Anagnostou E, Aman MG, Handen BL, et al. JAMA Psychiatry 2016;73:928–937. STUDY TYPE: Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial Atypical antipsychotics are commonly used to reduce irritability and agitation in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although effective, these medications lead to weight gain

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Research Update

Metformin Use in Autistic Children Taking Atypical Antipsychotics