Watch a Medscape video from Patty Huang, MD, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at CHOP, on teens with autism spectrum disorder and driving informed by new research conducted at CIRP@CHOP.
Read about new research led by Allison E. Curry, PhD regarding teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) getting licensed.
Read about a new CHOP study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders that validated an electronic health record (EHR)–based algorithm to classify the ADHD status of pediatric patients, which is part of a larger retrospective cohort study that aims to examine the association between ADHD and driving outcomes among adolescents.
Learn about a recent study examining the safety concerns of parents of children with a variety of disabilities and how healthcare providers can address these concerns.
This past weekend, Special Olympics New Jersey held its 2015 Summer Games. Any physical activity does carry risk of injury for my patients with developmental disabilities and parents have to take some extra precautions. One issue that almost always comes up for my patients with Down syndrome is why they need neck x-rays prior to participating in Special Olympics.
Patty Huang recently presented a webinar on safety in children with special health care needs (CHSCN), hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs. In it, she describes key factors that place CSHCN at risk for unintentional injuries, and reviews strategies for injury prevention that families of CHSCN should know. Here are some links to access the presentation.
Elopement, or wandering, is the most common "problematic" behavior related to safety that I encounter in my practice and can potentially lead to pedestrian traffic injuries. Learn what clinicians, schools, and parents can do.
Last week, a fire broke out at Elwyn Institute, a living facility for adults with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities are at higher risk of dying in a residential fire--as high as 6 times as likely--according to some studies. Here are some fire safety precautions that every family of a child with a disability needs to know:
ADHD and Driving: Medications for condition may show promise in promoting safer driving.
What if my patient doesn't need an adaptive car seat but has behavioral challenges and the parents feel that the traditional airplane seat belt may not be effective enough to keep him restrained? The CARES restraint is approved for airplane use for children 22-40 lbs and up to 40 inches tall. If a child exceeds the weight limit but the parents feel that this is still a better option for restraint, they can apply for an exemption from the FAA.