Although medication should always be a last resort, many people on the autism spectrum claim that medication has improved their lives significantly. But how can a parent decide which meds to choose or which to stay away from? Written by a doctor and father to a child with autism, this book provides the answers that parents and non-medical professionals need. Dr. Luke Tsai explains what medication therapy is, and gives you the knowledge to make informed choices. Learn what different medications do in the body, their side effects, and how to properly assess the results. There is an extremely helpful appendix that provides sample medical forms, diagnostic tools, and a detailed glossary that you will refer to time and time again.
Luke Tsai, MD is a scholar, researcher, teacher and, most importantly, a father of a young man with autism. He received his medical degree from Taipei Medical University in Taiwan and completed his residency training in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Dr. Tsai is currently a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. He also is founder and director of developmental disorders at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Tsai is consultant editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, is on the editorial board of Focus on Autistic Behavior, and on the Autism Society of America's Panel of Professional Advisors. Dr. Tsai has received awards and honors for his work with individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders. His publications include more than 80 articles and 40 books or chapters. He continues to be a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally.