Talking to Your Doctor About Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
Your child has their own health history. Talk with their doctor about your experience with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Talk openly and regularly with your doctor. This will help you take an active role in your child's care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your child's doctor:
Specific Questions and Comments for Your Doctor
About Your Child
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 8/15/2019
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