The United States has been celebrating Autism Awareness Month in April since the 1970’s. The primary focus is to develop autism awareness, acceptance and education through a variety of national and local events.
There are a number of biomedical treatments for the treatment of autism, including the use of supplements, implementing a gluten-free diet and immune system regulation. During Autism Awareness Month, parents of children with autism can participate in local or national educational programs to learn more about how to manage and organize medications for their child. Parents are given criteria for helping their child’s health provider manage their medications by gathering information about the child’s current functioning, social performance and family history. It’s also important for the parent to advise the treating physician about other prescriptions, special diets, allergies, over-the-counter medications, herbs and other botanicals.
Likely, you’re child is taking a variety of medications and supplements with occasional over-the counter meds. In addition, you may have several health providers for your child, including family doctors, nutritionists, speech therapists and psychologists. This all can cause confusion when it comes to managing and organizing medications. A good solution is to use an online platform where you can enter your child’s medical history, prescribed medications, daily schedule for medications and even emergency contact information. Make updates when needed and keep track of everything all in one place.
All around, Autism Awareness Month is filled with opportunities for parents of children with autism to learn about their child’s medications, as well as how to organize and distribute them. Taking advantage of the educational programs is a way for parents to lessen the stress of raising a child with autism.