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Some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be placed on medications by their healthcare provider to manage symptoms. While there are no medications that can treat or cure autism spectrum disorder, there may be medications that can alleviate some behavioral symptoms often seen in children with ASD. This module will help family members and teachers understand what medications are available to treat these symptoms, and the best way to collaborate and communicate with health care professionals.

  • What's Included
  • 22 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Identify the reasons why a healthcare provider may decide to give medication to a child with ASD
  2. Identify medications that are commonly used to treat different types of behavioral and medical symptoms and their side effects
  3. Describe the research on using medications to treat symptoms of autism
  4. Tell how to maximize communication and collaboration with medical providers

Module Authors

Neelkamal Soares, M.D.

Neelkamal Soares, MD is a board-certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician. He completed Pediatric residency at University of Illinois Chicago and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship at University of Maryland Baltimore. He is Professor of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Western Michigan University School of Medicine. He has held leadership positions in professional organizations and has delivered scientific and invited presentations nationally and internationally. Clinically, he provides diagnostic and management services for children with a variety of developmental and behavioral conditions. His research focus is on medical education, children with ASD and telehealth.

Cora Taylor, Ph.D.

Cora Taylor is a licensed psychologist and investigator at Geisinger Health System's Autism & Developmental Medicine Center and faculty associate at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. In her clinical role, she provides assessment for developmental disabilities, including ASD. Her research interests include interventions to improve social skills in children with ASD and other disabilities. She is also involved in research to improve screening measures for children at risk for ASD and developmental disabilities, with the goal to provide more efficient and accurate referrals to assessment and intervention services.

Module Content Provided By

Content for this module was provided by staff at the Geisinger Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute

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