Margaret Bauman, a neurologist who has treated children with autism for 25 years, makes a very compelling case that some of the behaviours commonly associated with autism have been misunderstood. Dr. Bauman is talking about things like repetitive motions, grimacing, head-banging, meltdowns, even aggression—things kids with autism do but we often don’t have a clue why they’re doing them. Her experience is that these perplexing behaviours can often be traced to medical conditions that are causing kids distress but haven’t been diagnosed.
The good news: treating the illness alleviates the problem behaviour, too.
Read more at http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2015-6-16-autism-behaviors-do-they-reflect-medical-issues –