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March 28, 2022
How We Treat Autism

We’ll continue our series on how we treat particular behavioral health conditions. In my last article, I provided an overview of how we treat child and adolescent depression and anxiety. In today’s post, I’ll tackle how we treat autism.  What is Autism? Autism is a developmental disorder, which is a condition that impacts a child’s ability […]

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February 15, 2021
Treatment Options for Adult with Autism

Children, teens, and young adults with Autism are eligible for in-home or in-school services through IBHS (formerly known as BHRS or wraparound services). We offer this service through our Community Psychiatric Center’s (CPC) offices; however, these services end at 21 years of age. So, what are the options thereafter? In that respect, in this post […]

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January 11, 2021
Autism Spectrum Disorder vs Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder: What are the similarities and treatment strategies?

What is this new diagnosis, Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder? In my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of our Day, there is a chapter on autism explaining the nature of this condition and treatment strategies. However, since DSM-V, a new diagnosis has come into play, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder (SPCD) […]

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April 10, 2020
Is Autism in Females Different Than Males?

Are more boys than girls diagnosed with autism? Yes, about 4x as many males than females are diagnosed on the spectrum. Let’s look at the two primary deficits pertaining to autism We know that children with autism struggle with language and social difficulties. In fact, along with: self-stimulatory behaviors obsessive tendencies and hyper or hypo-sensitivities […]

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March 27, 2020
The Coronavirus and Helping Your Child with Autism Deal with the Change in Routine

Huge impact on our lives The Coronavirus has had a major impact in lots of ways, not the least of which is trying to explain to our children with autism what’s going on, and helping them to adjust to the changes in the schedule, i.e. not going to school, being watched by grandma one day, […]

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February 13, 2020
Our Internal Dialogue’s Impact on ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Autism

Do you talk to yourself? A young man named Ryan Langdon, from his post at InsideMyMind https://insidemymind.me/2020/02/05/how-my-internal-monologue-affects-my-attention-deficit-disorder/ wrote of his internal dialogue, as a person with ADHD, that he referred to as being hyper-neuro-vocal in that he tends to have hyper self-talk that interferes with his concentration. In his own investigation, he found that others […]

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July 11, 2018
Comparing Autism Treatments: The Relationship Builders vs The Skill Developers

Written by Dr. John Carosso What are some of the primary treatment modalities for Autism? One of the biggest challenges facing a parent of a child with autism is, what’s the most effective form of treatment? The choices seem endless and differentiating one from another can be a daunting task. Parents often rely on therapists […]

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April 10, 2018
Let’s Talk About How We Diagnose And Treat Autism Part III: Treatment of More Severe Autism

Written by Dr. John Carosso Where we left off We spent the past few posts discussing the diagnosis and treatment of mild autism. By the way, your subsequent comments and questions have been remarkable and very thought-provoking; thank you. At this point, you already know the general signs and symptoms of autism (if not, just […]

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April 3, 2018
Let’s Talk About How We Diagnose and Treat Mild Autism - Part II: Treatment

Written by Dr. John Carosso Focus in Treatment? Children with mild autism are treated with a very specific approach that involves clearly delineating the problem behaviors and tendencies. In that respect, we need as much detailed information about what goes wrong, and what goes well, in what situations, to what extent, for how long, and […]

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March 27, 2018
Let’s Talk About How We Diagnose and Treat Mild Autism - Part I: Diagnosis

Written by Dr. John Carosso Let’s set the stage The process of diagnosing autism is rather straightforward, such that it’s a wonder that so many kids are misdiagnosed. It may come as a surprise to you that, from my clinical experience, the issue is under, not over-diagnosis. In that respect, time and time again I […]

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