When Treating Autism, Awareness of Comorbidities, Patient Sensitivities Is Critical

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With 1 in 68 children diagnosed with autism, it’s likely doctors will care for at least one child with autism and their family. In a recent interview with Healio Family Medicine, Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, a neurodevelopmental disabilities pediatrician and Medical Director of the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), discusses the disorders that often co-occur with autism. She also emphasizes that children with autism may have sensitivities or behavioral issues, which cause healthcare encounters to be traumatic, and provides guidance for doctors to meet the needs of their patients with autism.

Read more of Dr. Levy’s interview to learn about common comorbidities and how to provide trauma-informed care to children with autism.