• What is Autism

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. The effects of ASD and the severity of symptoms are different in each person.

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    Dr Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses What is Autism?
    Dr Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses What is Autism?
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    Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Sleep Disorders and Autism
    Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Sleep Disorders and Autism
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    Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Autism Diagnosis and Early Treatment
    Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Autism Diagnosis and Early Treatment
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    Dr Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Helping Children With Autism Improve Social Interaction Skills
    Dr Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Helping Children With Autism Improve Social Interaction Skills
  • Sleep Disorders and Autism

    Children with neuro-developmental disorders such as autism have significant problems with sleep. Why do they have problems with sleep? It’s probably because they don’t develop a good circadian rhythm, a really good simple way for physicians and psychologists to decide if it’s a sleep problem is to use a short questionnaire called the BEARS, B – E – A –R – S.

                                     

    And what we assess is the bedtime routine, that’s the “B.” “E” stands for where the child has excessive daytime sleepiness. “A” where the child has repeated night awakenings, they wake up during the night, don’t go back to sleep. “R” is for sleep regularity and duration. And “S” is for snoring. Often seeing a local family physician for a referral to a Psychiatristpsychologist or a councilor    in conjunction with a registered dietitian  is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.    

    And the reason it’s broken down in that way is because each of those letters stands for a component of sleep that may need to be addressed in a different way. Local Registered Dietician 

    Sleep problems are really important. If a child doesn’t sleep, they are grumpy the next day, they’re irritable, they’re more likely to be hyperactive and the families, the parents, are more likely to be the same because if the child doesn’t sleep, the parent doesn’t sleep. Local Psychiatrist

    So treating sleep is one of those easy things to do for a physician that can make such a big difference in this child’s life and the quality of life for the family. It’s just like a pleasure to do.  Now Health Network

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