Autism

John R Toth, D.O.

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist located in Concord, CA

Autism, otherwise known as autism spectrum disorder, affects about 1% of the population and affects your ability to interact with others. Dr. John R. Toth in Concord, California provides you and your loved ones with the tools necessary both to tackle any obstacles thrown at you by autism and to improve your overall well-being. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Austism Q & A

What is autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that hinders social interaction and exhibits repeating behaviors. It’s typically diagnosed during childhood and affects more boys than girls.

Since autism is diagnosed in childhood, there are very limited resources for adults struggling with it. Dr. Toth offers comprehensive care to his patients regardless of their age.

What are the symptoms of autism?

Children start exhibiting symptoms very early in their lives. Symptoms include any of the following:  

  • Minimal or no eye contact
  • Frustration with minor routine changes
  • Difficulty communicating with other people
  • Facial expressions and tone that don’t match the current situation
  • Prolonged interest in topics involving numbers and details.
  • Monopolizing the conversation space
  • Unresponsiveness

What causes autism?

Causes of autism are believed to be linked to genetics and parental age, among other factors.

Your child is more likely to develop autism if there is a history of such a condition in your family. Additionally, studies have shown that your child is at higher risk of developing autism if the father is older at the time of birth.

Autism can also be triggered by premature birth, low weight, and multiple pregnancies (twins and triplets, for example).

How is autism spectrum disorder treated?

Dr. Toth is committed to providing patients struggling with autism a safe and compassionate treatment environment, where they can feel comfortable and cooperative. He’s also devoted to helping families understand how to best manage a member struggling with autism.

Common treatments include:

  • Nutritional IVs
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Probiotics
  • Researching heavy metals
  • FasForWord Referral
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Motivational counseling
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy

These can help with anxiety, depression, and social communication.

What is PANS?

PANS stands for pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. It occurs when infectious or environmental triggers cause a misdirected immune response that leads to inflammation in your child’s brain.

Dr. Toth recommends plasmapheresis, IVIG, or antimicrobial treatment that serves as a therapeutic tool to alleviate symptoms.

What is PANDAS?

PANDAS, short for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with strep, occurs when an autoimmune disorder affecting the basal ganglia in the brain causes sudden bouts of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette’s syndrome, or other neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Dr. Toth recommends ongoing behavioral therapy to treat OCD, and he can also suggest a medicine regimen based on the severity of the symptoms. He might also suggest biomedical treatment such as plasmapheresis, IVIG, or antimicrobial treatment  to address various physiological and neuropsychological symptoms.

Contact Dr. Toth today by phone or online to find ways to care for family members suffering from autism.