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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Male, 16 years old, June 2019

Summary

DiagnosisSexAgeNationality
AutismMale16British (UK)
Admission dateDischarge date
2019-06-022019-08-16

Condition On Admission

The patient was non-verbal communication and not very cooperative with sign language or the use of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
Does use both communication skills when he wants something and need help getting it.
He was sensitive to loud noises and covers his ears when distressed, although he would become tolerant after some time in the same environment.
When expressing feelings of happiness or frustrations, he would make loud noises, jump up and down, and run across the room.
He was very frightened of dogs despite having numerous sessions of dog therapy.
He had a distinct lack of awareness of surrounding dangers.
He was very selective with food, preferring rice, green vegetables, baked beans and cooked cornmeal, and currently eats no meat, with only plain water to drink.
Is a happy and cheerful boy and likes playing and physical contact with familiar people; although he was previously very cautious of strangers, he now adjusts to their company after 5-10 minutes and relaxes.
He enjoys being in water, particularly showering and swimming.
He is very particular about items being in place.
Plays a lot of computer games and excels in most.

Treatment Schedule

NumberDateCell TypeDelivery MethodSide Effects
12019-06-03UCMSCIVNone
22019-07-06UCMSCIVNone
32019-06-06UCMSCLPNone
42019-06-11UCMSCIVNone
52019-06-11UCMSCLPNone
62019-06-14UCMSCIVNone

Condition 1 month after treatment

The patient’s mother said: “[He] used to cut his own hair and not allow anyone else to do it. He agreed to have his sister gave him a haircut…for the first time! He is still eating a wide variety of food and fruit. He told his teacher ‘finish’ after eating all of his dinner of jacket potato and salad!”

Please see an excerpt from the parent’s 1 month assessment below:

Symptom

Parents’ Assessment of Improvement

Anxiety or fearfulness

Small improvement

Appropriate facial expressions

Small improvement

Asking questions

No improvement

Aware of danger

No improvement

Aware of environment

Small improvement

Comfortable with physical contact

Small improvement

Concentration

Moderate improvement

Cooperation with others

Moderate improvement

Dressing himself/herself

Small improvement

Expressing own needs

Small improvement

Fixation on objects or subjects

Moderate improvement

General conversation

Small improvement

General mood

Moderate improvement

Hyperactivity

Moderate improvement

Interaction with others

Small improvement

Interest in others

Moderate improvement

Limited diet

Significant improvement

Obsessive speech

Small improvement

Over/under eating

Moderate improvement

Plays appropriately

Moderate improvement

Repetitive movements

Moderate improvement

Responding to commands

Moderate improvement

Rigidity in routine

Moderate improvement

Sensitivity to pain

Small improvement

Showing imagination

Small improvement

Sleep disturbance

Moderate improvement

Understanding stories

No improvement

Uses eye contact

Small improvement

Uses greetings

Small improvement

Using more than one word at a time

Small improvement

Using sentences

No improvement