Preventing Strep and Minimizing Behavioral Issues in Autism

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Preventing Strep and Minimizing Behavioral Issues in Autism

Parenting a child with autism can be a rewarding journey, but it also comes with its unique challenges. One such challenge is understanding the potential link between strep infections and increased behavioral issues in children with autism. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of preventing strep infections and how they can impact children with autism. Plus, we’ll introduce you to Yellow Bus ABA’s Mineola center, offering comprehensive programs to support your child’s growth and development.

Understanding Strep Infections: Streptococcus, or strep, is a common bacteria that can cause various infections, including strep throat and scarlet fever. While strep infections are typically mild and treatable with antibiotics, they can pose specific concerns for children with autism. Here’s why:

  1. Immune Response: Children with autism often have altered immune responses, making them more susceptible to infections like strep.
  2. Behavioral Changes: Some children with autism experience heightened behavioral issues during or after a strep infection. These changes can manifest as increased irritability, anxiety, aggression, or obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

The PANDAS/PANS Connection: One of the key concerns regarding strep infections in children with autism is the potential for PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections) or PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome). These are autoimmune conditions triggered by strep infections, leading to sudden and severe neuropsychiatric symptoms, including tics, mood swings, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Preventing Strep Infections: Preventing strep infections is crucial for children with autism. Here are some proactive steps parents can take:

  1. Good Hygiene: Teach your child the importance of handwashing and maintaining proper hygiene to reduce the risk of infection.
  2. Timely Medical Care: Seek prompt medical attention if your child shows signs of a strep infection, such as sore throat or fever. Timely treatment can prevent complications.
  3. Antibiotics: If prescribed antibiotics for a strep infection, ensure that your child completes the full course of medication as prescribed by a healthcare professional.
  4. Strengthen Immunity: Encourage a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep to support your child’s immune system.

Yellow Bus ABA Mineola Center: At Yellow Bus ABA, we understand the unique challenges that parents of children with autism face. Our Mineola center is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and programs to help your child thrive. Here’s what you can expect from us:

  1. Full Day Programs: Our Mineola center offers full-day programs designed to cater to the individual needs of children with autism, focusing on behavior analysis and intervention.
  2. Experienced Team: We have a team of experienced and compassionate professionals who are dedicated to helping your child reach their full potential.
  3. Tailored Approach: We recognize that every child is unique, and our programs are tailored to meet your child’s specific needs, fostering growth and development.

Preventing Strep infection

Preventing strep infections in children with autism is essential to minimize the risk of behavioral issues and potential complications like PANDAS/PANS. By practicing good hygiene, seeking timely medical care, and supporting your child’s overall health, you can reduce the chances of strep-related challenges. And when it comes to comprehensive support, remember that Yellow Bus ABA’s Mineola center is here to help your child with autism thrive.

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Rhonda Stewart

Clinical Director

Rhonda Stewart, BCBA, NYS LBA, earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the Sage Colleges. Rhonda has dedicated her career to working with individuals diagnosed with Autism since 2008. Rhonda has a wide range of experience working with individuals from ages 3 to adulthood in various settings including early intervention, schools, residential programs, group homes, day habilitation programs, center programs, and in-home services. Rhonda began working with families through insurances services in 2014. Rhonda is currently the Clinical Director at Yellow Bus ABA and works closely with the Executive Clinical Director, Estelle Parnes, to ensure services provided to our families are effective, families feel supported, and families have a positive experience with ABA services at Yellow Bus ABA.