Caring for children with disabilities

`I recently completed my first rotation as a doctor in the Emergency Department. Prior to entering the medical workforce, I had spent most of my employed life as a respite carer looking after and assisting children with developmental disabilities. I thought about these kids and how difficult an Emergency Department (ED) environment would be for…

What is autism?

As paediatricians we may not be required to diagnose autism, but we should be able to understand and recognise the main features. There are two main diagnostic areas under the new DSM V criteria A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction B. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities For a diagnosis…

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