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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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September 12, 2019
ADHD: What’s Executive Functioning Got To Do With It?

The Importance of the Executive Functions ADHD is described as a disorder of the prefrontal lobe of our cerebral cortex, which is the area of the brain that controls higher-order thinking. This ‘higher-order thinking’ is also known as a set of executive functions that help us to more effectively get through our day. The specific […]

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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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November 13, 2017
Is Mild Autism Over-Diagnosed?

Written by Dr. John Carosso Recent article in the paper Mr. John Rosemond, a psychologist who writes a syndicated article in the local paper, is increasingly driving me nuts, and he’s at it again. You may have seen his recent article in the Trib; he writes that children diagnosed mildly on the autism spectrum are […]

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June 26, 2017
What if Doctors Give You Two Different Opinions?

Written by Dr. John Carosso The not-uncommon problem So, it’s not entirely uncommon that I see a kiddo and find that, prior, he had not been diagnosed with autism, but I find rather clear evidence to the contrary; or vice versa (but more often it’s the former issue). It’s understandable that those situations are very […]

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July 18, 2014
DSM-V and the Autism Diagnosis: Is The Change Hurting Children?

Fuss Written by Dr. John Carosso There has been lots of fuss about the DSM-V and the autism diagnosis; will it result in less children meeting diagnostic criteria and therefore less children getting the services they need? Is this concern legitimate? I’ve written about this in prior posts, but here I’ll provide further elaboration. Related […]

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