Chronic Pain in Children with ASD: a Mind-Body Paradigm

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Lonnie Zeltzer

Lonnie Zeltzer, MD

Lonnie Zeltzer, MD

This talk will review modern concepts of the neurobiology of chronic pain and how anxiety and pain are linked. Children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental challenges may have pain and anxiety go unrecognized because of difficulties in verbal expression of pain/anxiety and use behavioral expressions of their distress. Risks for chronic pain are high because the neurobiology of children with ASD contributes to increased sensory awareness with confusion and distress caused by ongoing internal “loud” sensations. Also once children with ASD notice the sensation, they may perseverate and have a difficult time moving their focus of attention away from that sensation, so that even children with high levels of verbal communication may continue to focus on pain. Such focus may lead to visits to multiple pediatric subspecialists, many examinations and tests, only for their parents to be told that “nothing is wrong.” This talk will describe patient examples that may lead to a diagnosis of ASD for the first time in a pediatric pain clinic and will provide mind-body strategies for the reduction of pain and anxiety, while enhancing the quality of life for both child and family.

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Lonnie Zeltzer, MD

This talk will review modern concepts of the neurobiology of chronic pain and how anxiety and pain are linked. Children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental challenges may have pain and anxiety go unrecognized because of difficulties in verbal expression of pain/anxiety and use behavioral expressions of their distress. Risks for chronic pain are high because the neurobiology of children with ASD contributes to increased sensory awareness with confusion and distress caused by ongoing internal “loud” sensations. Also once children with ASD notice the sensation, they may perseverate and have a difficult time moving their focus of attention away from that sensation, so that even children with high levels of verbal communication may continue to focus on pain. Such focus may lead to visits to multiple pediatric subspecialists, many examinations and tests, only for their parents to be told that “nothing is wrong.” This talk will describe patient examples that may lead to a diagnosis of ASD for the first time in a pediatric pain clinic and will provide mind-body strategies for the reduction of pain and anxiety, while enhancing the quality of life for both child and family.

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