Autism is now referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is so prevalent these days that many parents ask if their young child has it the fist time I see them!
My take aways from the Fall 2015 Autism Conference sponsored by Kennedy Kreiger:
1. Occupational therapists say that not all children with sensory issues have ASD, but most children with ASD have sensory issues.
2. GI and Behavioral Speciaists say children with ASD 4X more likely have GI issues due to food selectivity, exaggerated sensory responses, behavior and meds.
3. Psychologists say that 40% of youth with ASD meet thethe criterja for anxiety disorder.
4. Adults on the spectrum say 63% of them have beenbullied.they need self advocacy skills, speech/language development, coping strategies, enhanced supervision, and social skills.
The good news: Early Intervention
Get a screening if you have concerns!
Does the GI link extend to babies with severe reflux? I have seen a couple of these babies grow into children with sensory issues, but that may have been happenstance.
Certainly a possibility. The docs comments were from anecdotal data, but it would make sense that babies with later identified sensory issues were born that way! Thanks for the comment Michelle!