Autism Decision Aid for Medication

Many families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are faced with the option of using medication. This is a tough medical decision and there is no one right answer.  Though many children with autism may benefit from medications that ease challenging behaviours, families often struggle with making the decision of whether medication use is right for their child. This is why the Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) created the Medication Decision Aid. It includes a family decision aid and answers to frequently asked questions—all designed to help families to clarify their values and goals and they talk with their healthcare provider about the options, benefits, and possible downsides of medications. This tool kit can be used at any point in the decision-making process, including the re-evaluation of medications.

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