Practitioner Beliefs About Exercise for Children and Youth With Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
Physical activity is important to overall health and wellbeing. Practitioners can play an important role by helping youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) engage in physical activity programs. Surveyed practitioners reported that physical activity programs are important for youth with IDD.
Factors Related to Taking Many Psychotropic Medications in Individuals with Autism
Psychotropic medications are reported to often be used to treat mental health and behavioural issues among adolescents and adults with autism. This study examined elements that have a bearing on such treatment.
A Review of Emergency Department Visits Made by Youth and Adults with Autism from the Parent Perspective
Individuals with autism typically access the emergency department more frequently than peers without autism. Parents in this study generally reported satisfaction with their child’s care, but provided recommendations to improve quality of care.
Different Rate of Emergency Service Use in Girls and Women with Autism Compared to Boys and Men
A larger proportion of women and girls with autism were found to use psychiatry and emergency department services when compared to men and boys with autism. Women and girls are often under-represented in autism research, and it is important to explore their service needs.
Experiences of Youth with ASD Making the Transition to Adult Healthcare
Youth generally are reported to have challenges transitioning to adult healthcare. More than half of family caregivers report that they don’t have enough information about transition plans by the time their youth turns 18.
Mothers of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Psychiatric Disorders May Experience High Levels of Burden
Mothers of an individual with autism and co-existing psychiatric problems reported higher levels of burden and poorer relationships with their child than mothers of an individual with autism only. Families in which the child has additional psychiatric issues may need additional supports.
Predictors of Emergency Service Use in Adolescents and Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder Living With Family
This study addressed emergency service use by people with ASD, including engagement with police and paramedics, and emergency department visits. Proactive care planning and training for staff and families are advised.
Do Gluten-free or Casein-free Diets Relieve Autistic Symptoms or Problem Behaviours in Children With ASD?
This study examined a gluten-free/casein-free diet for children with ASD. The researchers noted a study limitation of a small sample size that may not be sensitive enough to detect small changes.
Differences in Gut Bacteria Composition May Contribute to Some Cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder
This study examined biological processes that may lie beneath behaviour and gastrointestinal issues relative to autism. Along with offering study outcomes, further research is noted to be needed to clarify this relationship. It is noted in this summary that “caution should be advised against the use of popular nutritional supplements and over-the-counter substances in the treatment of ASD without first consulting a physician.”