Essay about Symptoms And Treatment Of A Patient With Asd
• Differences in sensory perception. This could manifest in a variety of ways including: looking at objects out of the corner of the eyes, resistance or hypersensitivity to touch, preoccupation or extremely dislike of certain smells, tastes, or textures, hypersensitivity to certain sounds (or frequencies), or apparent indifference to pain8.
Review of Systems Johnson and Myers (2007) report challenges in identifying patients with ASD due to the “wide heterogeneity of features in individual children” (p. 1195). There are, however, some common body system presentations associated with autism including general, gastrointestinal and neurological/psychiatric components, which the clinician must be aware of and look for when assessing a patient with ASD. General evaluation should include assessment of any dysmorphic features such as increased head size, and assessment of the skin for lesions (Lai et al., 2014). Children with ASD often present with GI symptoms such as poor, “finicky” appetite with resulting nutrition challenges, diarrhea, constipation and stomach pain (Durand, 2014, p.62). Approximately two-thirds of individuals with ASD have concurrent intellectual disability (Dykens and Lense, 2011). In patients with documented intellectual disabilities, there is also an increased risk for seizures and epilepsy. Tuchman (2011)…