Long the drug of choice for ADHD,
Ritalin may now become a common prescription for kids with autism spectrum disorders. Researchers
at the Indiana University School of Medicine found that Ritalin was effective in reducing hyperactive and impulsive behavior in children with ASD,
and also helped with inattention and distractibility. While help in managing the behaviors of children with autism and PDD
is always welcome, it's worth noting that 13 of the 72 children in the study withdrew early due to side effects. The researchers warn that adverse effects are a distinct possibility, and the findings of an apparent benefit are preliminary.