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Best Practices: Pediatrics 

Best Practices: Pediatrics
Best Practices: Pediatrics

Mary Catherine Aranda

and Sarah J. Spence

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date: 10 July 2020

This chapter describes what would be considered “best practices” for pediatricians and primary-care physician (PCP) in caring for a patient with autism. It describes the importance of developmental surveillance, the usage and timing of specific autism spectrum disorders (ASD) screening tools, and the gold standards for diagnosis and thorough assessments. It presents a synopsis of the latest research and best practices for the evaluation and management of common medical conditions, psychiatric and cognitive comorbidities, and their workups, all in the context of providing a medical home for children with ASDs. Finally, it provides brief descriptions of the available interventions so the PCP can be familiar with the family's options and help them navigate the system.

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