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Would a neurologist be better at prescribing medication for someone with autism?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
10 doctors agree

In brief: An option, for sure

Developmental/behavioral pediatricians, child/adult psychiatrists, & chlid/adult neurologists all manage medications for behavioral & psychiatric disorders in people with autism & other neurodevelopmental disorders.
We team with behavioral & social skills therapists, child/adult psychologists/neuropsychologists, educators, slt's & ot's for optimal care. Just ask about the doctor's experience.

In brief: An option, for sure

Developmental/behavioral pediatricians, child/adult psychiatrists, & chlid/adult neurologists all manage medications for behavioral & psychiatric disorders in people with autism & other neurodevelopmental disorders.
We team with behavioral & social skills therapists, child/adult psychologists/neuropsychologists, educators, slt's & ot's for optimal care. Just ask about the doctor's experience.
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Dr. Eleanor Host
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Autism is tricky, and there is new research coming out about it all the time.
There really isn't an autism speciality. Probably the best way to find a doctor who is good at treating it is to ask other parents and teachers who they see in your area as being a good doctor for autism.

In brief: Not necessarily

Autism is tricky, and there is new research coming out about it all the time.
There really isn't an autism speciality. Probably the best way to find a doctor who is good at treating it is to ask other parents and teachers who they see in your area as being a good doctor for autism.
Dr. Eleanor Host
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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

It depends on the interest and the experiance of the neurologist or the psychiatrist.
First you need a child neurologist or a child psychiatrist who deals mostly with children, since autism first presents in childhood. Then you need to ask how much past exprience the doctor has had with autism. You want to find a doc who sees lots of cases maybe one at a medical school.

In brief: It depends

It depends on the interest and the experiance of the neurologist or the psychiatrist.
First you need a child neurologist or a child psychiatrist who deals mostly with children, since autism first presents in childhood. Then you need to ask how much past exprience the doctor has had with autism. You want to find a doc who sees lots of cases maybe one at a medical school.
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
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Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Pediatrics - Neurology
5 doctors agree

In brief: It Depends

Adult neurologists do not usually work with autistic individuals.
Child neurologists are more familiar with autism, especially those in the area of behavioral or developmental neurology. Developmental pediatricians who are comfortable with psychotropic medications and pediatric psychiatrists in general are also good at medication management for children with autism.

In brief: It Depends

Adult neurologists do not usually work with autistic individuals.
Child neurologists are more familiar with autism, especially those in the area of behavioral or developmental neurology. Developmental pediatricians who are comfortable with psychotropic medications and pediatric psychiatrists in general are also good at medication management for children with autism.
Dr. Jonathan Megerian
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Team approach.

Management of behavior and education in children with autism is a team effort.
Often there is a primary pediatrician who is team leader. Therapy programs (aba) have their role, psychologist/psychiatrist may have their role, neurologist may have important role particularly if epilepsy is a concern. Medication use should be accepted and understood by all involved.

In brief: Team approach.

Management of behavior and education in children with autism is a team effort.
Often there is a primary pediatrician who is team leader. Therapy programs (aba) have their role, psychologist/psychiatrist may have their role, neurologist may have important role particularly if epilepsy is a concern. Medication use should be accepted and understood by all involved.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Neurologist or psych

Either a neurologist or psychiatrist should be appropriate for prescribing medicaion to autistic individuals.

In brief: Neurologist or psych

Either a neurologist or psychiatrist should be appropriate for prescribing medicaion to autistic individuals.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably not

Autism is clearly a neurodevelopmental disorder, but currently treatment is aimed primarily at the behavior and emotions, rather than at the underlying neurology.
It depends on the specific drs of course, but mental health md's whose entire practice is aimed at behavior/developmental problems are usually best suited for the management of autism.

In brief: Probably not

Autism is clearly a neurodevelopmental disorder, but currently treatment is aimed primarily at the behavior and emotions, rather than at the underlying neurology.
It depends on the specific drs of course, but mental health md's whose entire practice is aimed at behavior/developmental problems are usually best suited for the management of autism.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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