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AACAP Releases Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parents' Medication Guide

Washington, DC, February 3, 2017 – The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to release the Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parents’ Medication Guide.

This new guide serves as a tool for practitioners to share with parents considering treatment options for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It offers what to expect during an assessment of a child with ASD, and information on the primary non-medication treatment strategies for emotional and behavioral challenges and when to consider medication. The guide also provides a helpful table with a listing of ASD symptoms and the medications that may be used to treat them.

AACAP Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parents’ Medication Guide

The guide was created by a small working group of members from AACAP’s Psychopharmacology Committee and partnering groups. Matthew Siegel, MD, and Craig Erickson, MD, MS, served as chairs for the working group, which collectively spent over 12 months on the Guide’s development and content.

AACAP resources are starting points in addressing a topic related to children and are not intended to serve as a substitute for psychiatric treatment or counseling.

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