From October 21st, 2010

Time Delays between Initial Parental Concern and First Visit to a Child Psychiatric Facility

By: Marlena N. Smith In a recent study, Fujiwara, Okuyama, and Funahashi identified factors contributing to time delays between initial parental concern and first visit to a child psychiatric facility in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Early detection of ASD is crucial given the research demonstrating that behavioral intervention for ASD is more effective if delivered at earlier ages. Unfortunately, there are often considerable time lags between initial parental concern and ASD diagnosis. Fujiwara et al. set out to explore factors that contribute to time delays between initial parental concern and first visit to a child psychiatric facility in…

Chelation Treatment Is More Harmful Than Good.

By Olivia Maximo Chelation is the process by which metals are extracted from the body. Chelation therapy is a form of treatment employed by some parents with Autistic children. This therapy stems from the belief that Autistic Disorder is caused by poisonous levels of metal in children’s bodies. Although the theory is unproven, chelation is still practiced. Companies selling chelators were contacted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after they found the chelation to be harmful to children causing cognitive damage, heart attack and even death. These companies unlawfully boast the use of chelation to treat not only Autism…