There are many aspects of caring for a person on the autism spectrum. Often, they have several additional medical issues like asthma, immune disorders, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and epilepsy. If a person requires medicine, it is important to understand the medicine and how to manage it properly. Additionally, it’s important to be aware of any dietary or supplement requirements. After consulting with a physician, here are some things to keep in mind when assisting people with autism.
- Collect information about the person’s prescriptions, family history, allergies, diet, over-the-counter medications, and any other treatments they may be using.
- Make sure you have an updated contact list of all health providers including: doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, and speech therapists.
- Consider an online server such as MyMedSchedule or MedHelper to keep track of daily medication schedules. This will help keep everything organized and in one place for quick access. Additionally, there are mobile apps to help track medication schedules as well.
With April being National Autism Awareness Month, there are many resources and opportunities available for caregivers and national education programs to learn more about managing medication. Take advantage and learn more about it!