While making an accurate diagnosis of autism is important, it is also critical to look for other associated conditions that may require specific therapies. These can include medical conditions that can cause or mimic symptoms of autism as well as conditions such as verbal dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder, or severe feeding issues that might require very specific types of testing and/or therapy. This talk will focus on clues in a child’s history that indicate a need for further medical work-up or referral for specific testing or therapies. Details about different types of testing and therapies and when and why they are indicated will also be covered.

Published: 02/13/2013

Dr. Compart received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed a pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and fellowship training in behavioral and developmental pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 2001, she founded HeartLight Healing Arts, a multi-disciplinary integrative health care center for children and adults. She is the co-author of The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate guide to the Gluten-free Casein-free Diet.

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