2002-02-09 / Letters

Autism and APD

Autism and APD

Dear Editor,

The use of Secretin and Autism has been going on for several years with mixed results. However, these studies have slowed down and hopefully the work of Adam Kapelner will revive some of the work that has been done. Currently autism, as in many other disease states, is considered to be due to a defective gene(s) and work is being done to either repair or replace this gene. However, many children are incorrectly diagnosed with autism and what they actually have is a condition known as auditory processing disorder or APD. Many of the characteristics of autism and APD are the same but the distinguishing difference is that children with APD are usually very socially mature and outgoing. With early intervention the success rate of APD children is quite good. Excellent research is being done at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

ROBERT S. KATZ


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