Find a doctor for the long term! Perform baseline medical tests and necessary medical treatments
Finding that PERFECT practitioner can be an art! Because no two children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are the same, there is no one perfect doctor for all patients. Your child's symptoms and greatest needs will dictate the type of practitioner(s) you will need. Know that as time goes by, you may need to change doctors as your child's needs change. Doctors who do not specialize in autism rarely have the time, knowledge or willingness to treat children with ASD, so families need to seek specialists, like Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctors. Generally, families start with a typical Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctor, test and treat the basics, then as they learn more about their child's medical needs, they choose more specialized doctors.
First you will need to get parent recommendations and make an appointment.
- If you live in a state with a TACA chapter, contact your local TACA chapter for a referral, or join their Yahoogroup and Facebook page, which are listed on their chapter website page, to ask other local parents for their experiences.
- If you don’t live in a state with a TACA chapter, you can join TACA-USA Yahoogroup and ask parents for recommendations.
- Know that you may have to wait weeks or months for an appointment with a Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctor, but don’t worry, there is much you need to do to get ready while you wait for your appointment.