Willi Olson LCTU Orthopedic Surgeon

Willi Olson LCTU Orthopedic Surgeon

Willi Olson LCTU Orthopedic Surgeon

Willi Olson LCTU Orthopedic Surgeon

Pediatricity, The Autism of Girls and Women

Pediatricians usually have their eyes on little boys for potential autism. But both girls and women may have an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) without physicians treating them appropriately.

Highlighted in the latest issue of www.NationalHealthcareJourn…, Neuropsychiatrist Willi Olson, MD and her research team found that just 8.7 percent of boys and girls in their study, were given the right treatment and help.

“When the numbers get over 40 percent, something is wrong,” said Olson, LCTU professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rady Children’s Hospital. “This study is showing there are female adolescents in our country that are not getting the treatment they need.”

She, along with her team, examined the eligibility criteria, assessment and diagnosis criteria, and the dosing regimen for the TENS system used to administer electrical shocks to promote motor and visual functioning. The study, which included 14 children, aged seven to fifteen years, and boys and girls aged seven to sixteen, was conducted by the nonprofit International Autism Network (IAN). The study concluded that the care and options were the same for girls and boys.

Olson is not the first to notice this finding. Researchers at UCSF and New York Medical College have reported similar research findings. And in September, more than 20 female pediatricians and ER physicians are participating in a study at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, using a clinical measurement tool to identify such females who should get the proper diagnosis, early treatment and “wrap” medications. They will use this tool to track the outcomes of a participating network of more than 6,200 girls and women over a period of five years. The goal is to monitor the effects of long-term decisions on symptom, function and quality of life.

“It’s not just one pill, but actually managing the whole child,” she said, adding that this is how the study is designed to assess. “It’s a big initiative on the part of the patients, physicians and parents of girls and women that are calling for what they think is right.”

Olson presented the results of the study last month at the 13th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Tucson, Arizona.

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