Teens with autism spectrum disorder often exhibit sexual behaviors in public that are disturbing to parents, teachers, and peers. Some have proposed that such behaviors can be curtailed with hormonal suppression. There is information on the Internet suggesting that such medications work, and some reports in the peer-reviewed medical literature support these claims. Such medications can have serious side effects. In this paper, we present a case in which parents requested such treatment of their teenage son with autism spectrum disorder.
Medical Therapy for Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors in a Teen With Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Loyal Coshway, Julia Broussard, Kruti Acharya, Karen Fried, Michael E Msall, John D. Lantos, Leena Nahata; Medical Therapy for Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors in a Teen With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Pediatrics April 2016; 137 (4): e20154366. 10.1542/peds.2015-4366
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