Autism spectrum disorder (Part 2) – why is this happening to me?!

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Hardimon, M. Autism spectrum disorder (Part 2) – why is this happening to me?!, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15447

You have been referred Charlie, a 2yo boy, by his general practitioner who suspects that he has autism. He attends your room with his mother who feels helpless surrounding this potential “label” that is being considered for her son. She has a list of questions however her first one is “why is this happening to…

Autism spectrum disorder (part 1) – what’s in a name?

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Hardimon, M. Autism spectrum disorder (part 1) – what’s in a name?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15442

Since being first described by Dr Leo Kanner of John Hopkin’s University in 1943, the terminology used in the diagnosis and reference to autism spectrum disorder has changed multiple times making it confusing not only for families but also clinicians.

The fidget spinner craze – the good, the bad and the ugly

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Hardimon, M. The fidget spinner craze – the good, the bad and the ugly, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12234

Unless you have been walking around with your eyes closed, you will have noticed fidget spinners are everywhere! If not in the hands of your little patients, then in the hands of their parents. But is the hype worth it? Whilst they are being marketed as the latest tool for helping those with ADHD and…

Caring for children with disabilities

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Chait-Rubinek, L. Caring for children with disabilities, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12145

`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?

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Davis, T. What is autism?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2014. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.5235

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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