If your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD or autism), a child psychiatrist can be a very valuable member of your child care team. Children with autism may have other mood or thought disorders that are in addition to autism. Disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), may occur in children with autism; However, the behavior associated with this disorder can be managed with medication and psychiatric intervention.
A psychiatrist can prepare a treatment plan that may include only your child, your family, or any other group. Treatment planning may include either a medication or a behavioral therapy to reduce negative behavior. A child psychiatrist can also work as an advocate for your child with other doctors, school professionals, agencies, or other organizations.