In Treating Autism, Drugs Often Overshadow Behavior Therapy

Extract from Disability Scoop article by Shaun Heasley (May 16, 2017): Many kids with autism are taking antipsychotics without participating in behavior therapy, new research suggests, despite evidence that medication is most helpful when paired with therapy.

In a study looking at the experiences of more than 5,100 children with autism ages 2 to 17 from across the country, researchers found that the odds of antipsychotic use increase with age.

Just 5 percent of kids ages 2 to 11 took the drugs, but that number rose to nearly 18 percent for those ages 12 to 17, according to findings published in the May issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

The majority of children on the medications were not participating in behavior therapy.

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