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Dr. Kathryn Akin

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Tyler, TX
39 years experience female

Locations

Kathryn Akin, MD, PA

Tyler, TX

Address

401 E. Front St., Suite 123, Tyler, TX
Directions

Fax

9035312451

About

Bio

I went into pediatrics because I always enjoyed working with children and their families. I also did work including a master's degree in community health. During that training, I had a great deal of contact with a variety of handicapped children. So I decided to do a fellowship in Child Developmental Disorders. Then, I did about 10 years of private practice in General Pediatrics, so I have a strong background there. I spent time teaching during this period and enjoyed that very much. I took a teaching post at a university for the next 10 years and taught Pediatrics to Family Medicine residents. During this time board exams became available in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. I decide to take the plunge and I passed the certification process. I then settled into the private practice of Developmental- Behavioral Pediatrics.

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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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417 Agrees
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Depends: There are no specific drug treatments for asperger's disorder. Symptoms that are troublesome can be treated. These might include insomnia, adhd, socia... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Get help!: Anxiety and/or depression is not uncommon after the death of a loved one. Talking to someone about this can be very helpful. Find a psychotherapist or... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Could be?: Persons with autism spectrum disorder often have hypersensitivity to loud noises. They can have other sensory problems that could also cause hypo-sens... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Sometimes they do.: It should be able to be recognized by age 3, but if symptoms are less noticeable, and iq is high, the diagnosis may not always be determined by age 3.... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
You: You need to set aside a regular time period every day in a quiet, calm, and safe environment.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Visit the doctor: These could indicate sinusitis or even pneumonia or they could come with a viral flu, but it is definitely time to get it checked out' as you are now ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Lack of social skill: Autism usually presents with a delay in language skills and lack of social skills. Watch for eye contact which should be present but often is not in a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Yes: Lymph nodes swell in response to inflammatory conditions. This indicates that the body is doing it's job properly.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
See an orthopedist: This could be any number of problems. The rotator cuff muscles are located in this area as well as some tendons and bones. Tendonitis and bone spurs c... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Yes: If she is or was a close friend you should try to convince her to seek help. Counseling can help get to the root cause and overcome the compulsion. If... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Seek Assistance: Often, dizziness could be a sign of an anxiety or panic attack. These can certainly be caused by panic. People tend to hyperventilate and then experie... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Incomplete: You didn't mention what the condition is that you do not want to aggravate.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Seek Help: Frequent crying episodes could indicate depression or other emotional problems. They can be treated with excellent results. Medication plus counseling... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Could be: This sounds reasonable and can be accompanied by mild cramping known as middleschmerz.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Don't sratch!: These can be very uncomfortable; but scratching and picking will only make the problem worse. Hydrocortisone cream can be used on the bites topically ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
No: Provided adequate nutrition you can alter a person's eventual adult height. There are rare instances where growth hormone is used to increase a person... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Decreased libido is one of the most common side effect with some of the most commonly used antidepressants. Talk this over with your doctor and see wh... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
It could be: It is important to eat regular meals during pregnancy. Feel free to consult with a nutritionist. You need to talk to your OB as soon as possible about... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Counseling: Whether we are talking about the bully or the bullied; both need to learn some new coping strategies in how to deal with other people's behavior. Bull... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Not necessarily.: Glycerine suppository chips are frequently recommended for babies who are constipated. They stimulate the rectal muscles to relax and allow easy bowe... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Check it out.: The cause of this type of pain are varied and numerous. I encourage you to see your doctor.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
It's okay: Many breast fed babies are a bit chubby. Don't start solids too early. Milk intake will eventually get lower and the baby will slim down when she star... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Good specialist: You should seek out a qualified and experienced doctor who specializes in neuromuscular diseases. Also there are support groups for individuals with t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
It can: Sometimes there can be referred ear pain from an ear infection. Also this could indicate a complication such as mastoiditis. It is always best to chec... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Time and cause: Heat rash is caused by sweating and occurs frequently on the neck and back. Eczema is due to sensitive and sometimes allergic skin conditions and is a... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Yes: Anxiety and panic attacks can take many forms. They can last just a short time, they can last several hours, or they can be recurring throughout the d... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Have an evaluation: It sounds like depression is the major issue here and it can contribute to lack of sleep, decreased motivation, and other symptoms. Help is available ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Have it looked at: It is very hard to evaluate a rash by description. It could be a part of a birth mark, or a chronic form of eczema, and many other possibilities. Have... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Yes: I would go ahead and finish the placebo pills as directed, whenever there has been a mistake in the administration of contraceptive pills a back up pl... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Ignore: Make sure that your child has a personalized treatment plan that addresses all of their circumstance.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
No: In-utero stroke patients come in all shapes and sizes. Some strokes are large and occur late in the pregnancy and can produce significant problems in ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Sensory issues: Many people with autism also have difficulty dealing with different sensory inputs. The most common of these problems is sensitivity to loud noises. T... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Don't know.: Cerebral palsy is a disorder that causes abormal control of muscles that is due to an injury to a developing brain. This includes injuries from before... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Very common: Many intestinal viruses and other illnesses can be accompanied by fever. How to respond, depends on how high the fever is and how bad the abdominal pa... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Not ncessarily: Follow the advice of the doctor who treated your fracture. Some fractures are more severe than others and require longer to heal.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
You Can't: IQ is a measurement of intelligence that can be measured as early as 4 years old or even younger, It is stable through out life. Playing brain games, ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Habit: You have developed a habit disorder. The best way to deal with this is to replace the behavior with another behavior that is not so aggravating to you... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
See a doctor.: Stomach pains have numerous causes. These include acid reflux disease but there are so many more. A proper physical examination along with a careful h... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Discuss with doctor: The symptoms you describe could be side effects from your medication This could require a change in the dosage of your medication or a new medication.... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Maybe: We can try to prepare for a loved one's death, but we are never ready when it comes. The grieving process is something that we all go through. Having ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
It can be.: This is not an extremely uncommon medication to be used in persons with autism spectrum disorder. It is primarily used to treat extreme irritability a... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Unlikely: If treated now, there should not be problems for the baby. Make sure that your partners are treated as well.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Dermatologist: I'm not sure, but i would recommend consultation with a dermatologist as there are new treatments available all the time.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
More info: Three red spots could mean anything from minor insect bites to the beginning of a serious illness. I would suggest a conservative start of keeping an ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
See a doctor: Abdominal pain that is noticeable and radiating to another area could be serious. This individual should consult with a health care provider.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Not sure: I assume you are referring to your wisdom teeth. Certainly not everyone has to have them removed. It is often done because of potential damage to orth... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
An x-ray: The only way to know for sure is with an x-ray.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Very good: This is a very high iq, but you must still apply your mind to your studies. High iq does not substitute for hard work, but it can make it easier. Go o... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia given during your visit is the most like cause for any difficulty with speech, it should resolve within a couple of hours.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
39 years experience
Patience: Retin A (tretinoin) usually causes dry red peeling skin before improvement is seen. It is used in many situations. Patience is the most effective ingr... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 28, 2013
Dr. Akin is an outstanding physician who provides thoughtful, thorough and informative answers on Healthtap. She is insightful, informed and genuinely cares for her patients.
Dec 11, 2013
I recommend Dr. Akin as a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. She is an asset to Healthtap.
Dec 12, 2013
We need Dr. Akin and her specialty on Healthtap. Thank you Dr. Akin.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for helping me better care for my child!! I appreciate your time and you!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you pooh so greatly I have bean trying like heck to find out!!!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! DRs I see assume im sad/depressed & are surprised to see otherwise.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

Type in hospital

Residency

Marshall University School of Medicine

Awards

Teaching Resident of the Year 1988
Clinical Instrucor of the Year University of Texas Health Science Center, Tyler 2001
Roche Laboratories Award for Clinical Sciences Research 1987

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow of the Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Publications

Haemophilus influnzae cellulitis of the extremities
Macrocytosis and Leukopenia in Down Syndrome
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