A US energy medicine doctor has told ABC’s 7.30 that children need more support in the field.
Dr Paul Siegel, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said in an interview with 7.60 he was surprised by the results of a survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2016.
“We asked people what their expectations are of what they can expect when they have a child with autism,” Dr Siegel said.
“And we also asked them about their expectations of what their child needs, what their mother needs, and what they expect their siblings to do.”
Dr Siegel is the author of “Babies and Autism” and “Autism: The Unknown Threat” which focuses on the autism spectrum disorder.
“What I see, as a parent, is that there’s a lot of anxiety, a lot the expectation of what your child’s going to look like and what their personality is going to be,” he said.
Dr Shesis said many parents in the US and in Australia were “nervous about their children with autism” and that was “very hard” for the children.
“But what we really see is a lot more of a desire for what they’re going to want, for their siblings, and they’re expecting more of their family members,” he added.
Dr Ryan Aaronson, a paediatrician at the University of Adelaide, told 7.10 he was also surprised by his survey results.
“It was the most disappointing thing I’ve ever heard,” Dr Aaronson said.
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