New Resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Sound Advice On Autism

April 11, 2010

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Eight new audio interviews with developmental pediatricians, autism researchers and other advocates answer common questions about autism spectrum disorders.

"We want parents to use these audio interviews as a resource as they learn about their child's diagnosis and plot a course of therapies and services," said Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP. "We know parents have many questions, and pediatricians want them to have access to the scientifically based information they need to make decisions about their child's care."

April is Autism Awareness Month, which is an opportunity to increase understanding about autism and issues within the autism community. At the Sound Advice on Autism site, parents can listen first-hand as experts answer questions about autism spectrum disorders:

  • What causes autism? How common is it?
  • What are the early signs of autism?
  • How can families learn about early intervention services in their area?
  • What are the most effective therapies for autism?
  • What guidance would you offer parents who want to explore complementary and alternative therapies?
  • Can particular diets or vitamins help children with autism?
  • Is autism related to gastrointestinal disorders?
  • Why do some children "lose" their autism diagnosis?

Experts interviewed include Dr. Susan Levy, a developmental pediatrician and medical director of the Regional Autism Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. As well as Dr. Susan Hyman who is chief of the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong at the University of Rochester.

Listen to Sound Advice on Autism at

The AAP offers additional resources for families at: