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PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) and PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) are autoimmune diagnoses that are characterized by neurological symptoms such as OCD and anxiety, tics, behavioral issues, sleep disorders, and more. There are often overlaps between these symptoms and those of autism. Estimated rates for PANS/PANDAS are around 1:200, but that number may be higher in children with autism. Discover the symptoms and treatment options for PANS/PANDAS this month with TACA.

Upcoming Events

Free Online Learning - Now Through October 31st

with Nancy O'Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP

PANDAS is a common autoimmune disorder with far-reaching movement, behavioral, and cognitive consequences. While OCD and tics are still common, other issues like anxiety, bedtime fears, inability to control urination, aggression, and deficits in learning, attention, and social interaction are among the many manifestations that result from PANDAS/PANS and impair the daily functioning and cognitive progress for many children.

Free Online Learning - Now Through October 31st

with Lindsey Wells, ND

PANS and PANDAS are common autoimmune disorders that present with physiological, behavioral, and cognitive challenges. Acute onset of symptoms such as OCD, tics, anxiety, bedtime fears, inability to control urination, aggression, and deficits in learning, attention, and social interaction are among the many manifestations that result from PANDAS/PANS and impair the daily functioning and cognitive progress for many children.

Every Tuesday in October

Need live support? Join TACA Support Hours! Each week, TACA Mentors will help families create a plan to connect with resources and TACA programs to create better outcomes in their autism journey. Located in our TACA Connect App, you can find the Virtual Support Hour in the Feature Menu.

October 26

4:00 PM PDT / 7:00 PM EDT

Diagnosing PANS and PANDAS can be more challenging in children who have autism because of the overlapping clinical presentations. Gabriella True, TACA volunteer and ASPIRE, President, will provide an overview of PANS PANDAS, the relationship between these disorders, and a Question-and-Answer session.

October 27

6:00 PM CDT / 7:00 PM EDT

Families in the East - Join our North East Chapter leaders for a virtual meeting as they share new information and take home tips from the 2022 National TACA Autism Conference.

Articles

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, is a common autoimmune disorder with far-reaching movement, behavioral, and cognitive consequences. Although we focus on the pediatric population by definition with PANS and PANDAS, immune-mediated OCD/Tics/Neuropsychiatric Disorders can also affect adolescent and adult populations and should always be considered when specific signs and symptoms emerge.

Disclaimer

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) provides general information regarding medical research, treatment options, therapies and nutrition to the autism community. The information comes from a variety of sources and is not independently verified by TACA. Nothing presented in print or at meetings should be construed as medical or legal advice. Always consult your child's doctor regarding his or her individual needs.