Autism Health Record Software
Parents of autistic children should keep detailed health records to better understand and manage their child's condition. Recording symptoms, triggers, measurements, lab tests, medications, and procedures in a health journal allows parents to spot patterns and identify potential correlations between certain triggers and specific symptoms. By maintaining such records, parents can provide valuable information to healthcare professionals, aiding in accurate diagnosis and treatment adjustments. For instance, tracking behavioral changes, sleep disturbances, dietary habits, sensory sensitivities, medication dosages, and any medical appointments can offer crucial insights into the child's overall health and well-being, facilitating more informed decisions about their care.
Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
Encouraged sensory-friendly activities to alleviate sensitivity during family gathering. Implemented calming strategies and deep pressure techniques to ease #restlessness.
Restlessness and increased #repetitive_behaviors observed in the afternoon. Difficulty with communication, limited #eye_contact during playtime.
Difficulty with communication could be associated with encountering a #new_toy at playtime, leading to heightened frustration.
Taken prescribed anxiety medication #Escitalopram 10mg during the event to help manage sensory overload.
#Sleep Duration: 8 hours
*These health records are not real, but compiled by Dr. Mike Stanton of the UCLA Health Center. The data that you put in Goopatient is totally private and stored only on your computer.