4 Ways a Psychiatrist Can Help Autistic Children

Autism impacts social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning. Children with autism require developmental and educational interventions that are different in both form and intensity from those required by children with other special needs.

Because the human brain develops more rapidly during the first three years of life than ever again, and because infants and very young children are learning so much about communication and social interaction during these years, early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorders can make a big difference.

A psychiatrist can be a more effective advocate and treatment coordinator with a basic understanding of the unique and pervasive deficits that present in autism. Communicating why early and intensive programming is a clinically and scientifically sound practice is most important. A multidisciplinary approach, and guidance and coordination by the psychiatrist is crucial.

So, how exactly can a psychiatrist help an autistic child? Here are 4 ways:

1. Initial diagnosis and intervention: there is substantial evidence that early and appropriate intervention is strongly related to better outcome.

2. Analysis and treatment of associated psychiatric disorders such as:

3. Treatment counseling and recommendations:

4. Parent support and education: prolonged reactions of shock, denial, helplessness, guilt, anger, grief, and resentment interfere with the parents’ ability to negotiate the many obstacles they will face in securing effective services for their child, not just initially, but over the course of their child’s life.

One of the most important factors when working with a child and adolescent psychiatrist is trust. This psychiatrist may be in your lives for many years and one needs to feel quite comfortable when entrusting one’s children to their care. Open communication between you, your child and the child and adolescent psychiatrist is paramount to the success of any treatment plan.

——————————————————-

If you would like to consult with one of our psychiatrists about treatment options for an autistic child, please give us a call at 919-636-5240 option #1 or email office@cognitive-psychiatry.com.

Warm Regards,
Dr. Rogers

Author
Dr. Heather Rogers

You Might Also Enjoy...

Meet Jessica Booth - CPCH psychotherapist

We are excited to welcome Jessica Booth, LMFT, LCAS-A as our newest provider! Jessica is a full-time integrated CPCH team member who focuses on helping patients individually, as a couple, as a family, or in support groups. Please welcome Jessica!

Meet Dr Matt Bader

Dr Bader has been a valued member of the CPCH team since 2014. He is one of a small number of board-certified addiction psychiatrists in North Carolina and is enjoys working with each individual with a comprehensive and individualized care plan.

Meet Dr Sayanti Bhattacharya

Did you know that Dr Bhattacharya has a master's in public health and epidemiology and devotes time to community mental health in addition to her work at CPCH?

Meet Dr Jessica Hairston

Are you interested in holistic psychiatric care? Please learn more about Dr Jessica Hairston, a CPCH board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.