Dr. Volkmar shares the treatments available for people with autism.
There are many good educational and behavioral interventions for children with autism, and it looks like over time, these have actually led to a gradual improvement in terms of outcome for children with autism. In addition, there are some medications that are available to treat some of the symptoms and associated problems, but as far as we can tell, the medications don’t address the core difficulties in terms of social interaction in autism.
About Dr. Volkmar, M.D.:
Fred Volkmar, M.D. is the director of the Yale University Child Study Center and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at Yale University, where he heads the university's autism research and autism clinic. He is also Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental nature of autism and developing better guidelines to diagnose autism and related conditions.