The Medication Management Clinic (MMC) at the Emory Autism Center is a program specializing in the use of medications to improve function and well-being for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The MMC provides families with assessment of medication treatment, information on medication treatment, potential benefits and limitations of medication, as well as 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.

What services are provided?

The MMC offers an initial evaluation usually lasting 60-90 minutes. Rigorous assessment and evaluation are provided to gain a thorough understanding of concerns. Information on medication options, choices, associated potential benefits and limitations, as well as recommendations are discussed with parents at the consultation. Questions are encouraged and addressed. Patients and families can then choose whether to follow-up with the MMC, or to engage with their existing psychiatrist or physician to address recommendations from the initial evaluation. When families choose to continue with their existing practitioner, a member of the MMC team will communicate with the practitioner to share recommendations and discuss management of current issues. When families choose to be followed by the MMC, a follow-up appointment will be arranged with timing appropriate to the situation. Depending on the patient’s needs, follow-up intervals usually range from monthly to twice yearly.

Who might benefit?

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.

What preparation makes a consultation most helpful? 

Parents/daily caregivers and the individual with ASD should both be present for the consultation so useful information can be provided. On the day of consultation, medications should be taken. The Emory Autism Center questionnaires should be completed and updated with medications and dosages to provide the most comprehensive consultation.  Please note, more complete and detailed questionnaires provide the best possibility of specific recommendations. When available, it is very helpful to bring past records of treatment, evaluations and hospital stays if applicable.