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Navigating the Medical Maze with a child on the Autism Spectrum Disorder

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This comprehensive guide enables parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to play an active and effective role in their child's medical care from diagnosis to early adulthood.

With a focus on working with health care providers to ensure the best treatment for your child's unique needs, it includes:

  • - a description of the developmental and medical conditions faced by children with ASDs in lay terms
  • - an explanation of common diagnostic tests
  • - a presentation of conventional and alternative therapies and how they work
  • - tips for managing day-to-day medical or behavioral problems
  • - advice for parents considering enrolling their child in a research project
  • - and all the latest medical information.

This authoritative and accessible book provides parents of children with an ASD with the foundation of knowledge they need to become an active partner in the medical care of their child and the map that will allow them to navigate the complex medical world.


1. When Your Child is Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

2. Co-occurrence of Neurological Disorders with Autism Spectrum Disorders

3. Co-occurrence of Psychiatric Disorders and Other Behavioral Problems in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder

4. Gastrointestinal Disorders That Can Lead to Both Physical and Behavioral Problems

5. Allergies and Immune Mediated Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorders

6. Oral and Dental Issues for the Person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

7. Genetic Considerations for the Individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

8. Traditional Treatment Options for the Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

9. Complementary and Alternative Therapies in the Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

10. Environmental Risk Factors and Autism Spectrum Disorders

11. Tests for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Their Associated Medical or Behavioral Conditions

12. The Medical Home for Your Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

13. Working with the Other Treatment Team Members

14. Puberty and Sexuality

15. Bridging the Gap to Adulthood: Navigating the Transition to Your Child's Future

16. Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Law

The Authors

Sue X. Ming, MD, PhD, is a pediatric neurologist and pharmacologist. She has been working with children with autism spectrum disorders for more than 16 years at New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, where she is currently Professor of Neurosciences and Neurology. She received a medical degree from Fudan Medical University, and a PhD in pharmacology at New Jersey Medical School. She completed pediatric training at SUNY-Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY and pediatric neurology fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr Ming lives with her husband and children in Morganville, NJ.

Beth A. Pletcher, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, where she has been working for over 20 years. She is a pediatrician and medical geneticist, caring for many children and young adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. She obtained her BS degree in Biology from Stanford University and her medical degree from Rush Medical College. She then went on to complete her pediatric training at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, followed by fellowship training in human genetics at Yale University School of Medicine. A proud mother of two children (including one with special needs), she lives with her husband in Chester, NJ.


Authors: Ming and Pletcher    USA   2014      Pbk. 304 pages


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