Autism Diagnosis and Early Treatment

Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Autism Diagnosis and Early Treatment

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Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Autism Diagnosis and Early Treatment
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Featuring Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist
Autism Diagnosis and Early Treatment
Duration: 1 minute, 55 seconds

Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder which is characterized by a triad of social impairment, language impairment and certain unusual behaviors.  

It is important to try and diagnose autism early because we know that the best chance of success is if we have early intervention. The early signs of autism that should make families or parents aware and think about it is if the child doesn't cuddle easily, the child actually avoids eye contact, the child does not smile at their parents, they don't babble, they don't engage in interactive babbling.

Children with autism can respond to early intensive behavioral intervention under the age of five or six. And some children with autism can actually respond extremely well and many of the autistic symptoms can disappear.  

They can be treated really effectively before the age of five or six using this intervention. After the age of six, the prognosis for significant change in the outcome of the disorder is not as good but the children do still respond to a symptoms support, behavioral help.

After the age of six, is pretty much when psychiatrists are more likely to get involved because many of the children with autism may have significant behavioral problems which are not going to respond to that intensive early applied behavioral approach.

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Presenter: Dr. Robin Friedlander, Psychiatrist, Burnaby, BC

Local Practitioners: Psychiatrist

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