Autism and Behaviour

Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses causes and diagnosis of behavioral problems with autism.

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Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses causes and diagnosis of behavioral problems with autism.
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Featuring Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychologist
Autism and Behaviour
Duration: 2 minutes, 5 seconds

So children with autism can have behavioral problems that are intrinsic, that are part of the autism, and they can have behavioral problems that are due to additional or secondary mental health problems.

So the problems that are intrinsic to the autism are the hypersensitivity to sound, which can make the children want to run away if they hear a loud noise, become unable to go to a birthday party because they can't deal with the sound of a balloon popping, can't go to school because it's too noisy, and there are too many kids.

Real difficulty with change, these kids are probably, as a result of their many different needs, develop a very fixed need for routine, they like things done in just a certain way, which can be quite rigid.

And the kids actually often kind of thrive in that environment, but life gets in the way. You never know when there's going to be a Pro-D day at school. The kid doen't go to school on friday, he freaks out, because it's not expected. Or the mother's sick and can't take him to an activity. So these children don't do well with change at all. So change in the environment, which can be expected or unexpected.

Most families who are concerned about their child will consult their family doctor or pediatrician, and they can then get referred to a psychologist, or in certain parts of North America like British Columbia,  there are specific clinics that just diagnose children with autism.

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

Local Practitioners: Psychiatrist

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