Clinical staff work with autism clinic physicians and provide child psychiatry diagnostic evaluations, behavior assessments and medication management for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Hyperactivity, depression, anger, aggression and self-injurious behavior are some of the autism-related symptoms that may be treated.
Child psychiatrists may prescribe medications to address behavioral symptoms. All behavioral medications are monitored with regular examinations and laboratory tests.
Medication behavioral diary system
The behavioral diary program instructs families on how to monitor medication use and responses. Families call weekly to report any positive or negative changes over the preceding week.
Clinical staff meets weekly and at that time the psychiatric physician and nurse discuss each child’s weekly progress report. The nurse or psychiatrist calls with any medication changes on the same day. The autism nurse in conjunction provides medication refills with the child psychiatrist.
Routine medical follow up with an Autism Medical provider at the Thompson Center is required for this service.
Rachel Brown, MD, attending child psychiatrist
Cyndy Mehrer, BSN-RN, nurse clinician
Senior child psychiatry fellows