Psychopharmacology Consultation Service
Consultation Service (PCS) at the Emory Autism Center is a program that
specializes in the use of medications for individuals with autism and
autism spectrum disorders. The PCS provides families with assessment
of medication treatment, information on medication treatment, potential
benefits and limitations of medication, and recommendations. Because
an accurate understanding of the conditions and behaviors is crucial
for successful treatment, another focus of the consultation is the careful
evaluation of symptoms. If medication treatment is recommended, the
use of safe and proven effective medications is emphasized. Medication
use that is integrated into a comprehensive treatment program is emphasized.
services are provided?
The consultation, a one time meeting, consists of information gathering
and observation, and usually lasts 45-60 minutes. Rigorous assessment
and evaluation are provided to gain a thorough understanding of concerns.
Information on medication options, choices, associated potential benefits
and limitations, and recommendations are discussed with parents at the
consultation. Questions are encouraged and addressed. Written recommendations
are also provided in a report that will be subsequently sent to families
to share with their doctor. No prescriptions, treatment, follow up therapy
or referrals are provided with this consultation since all therapy will
originate from your current treating physician.
Consultations can be helpful before medication treatment has been initiated
or during ongoing medication treatment. For some, initial feedback and
recommendations are desired when medications are first being considered
"just to double check." Alternatively, families and clinicians may request
second opinions to consider additional options.
preparation will make a consultation most helpful?
Parents/daily caregivers and the individual with autistic spectrum condition
should both be present for the consultation so useful information can
be provided. On the day of consultation, medications should be taken.
Emory Autism Center questionnaires should be completed and updated with
medications & dosages to provide the most comprehensive consultation-more
complete and detailed questionnaires provide the best possibility of
specific recommendations. The family must identify and specify a physician
in the community who has agreed to provide treatment so that recommendations
can be incorporated in ongoing treatment.