EVMS doctors testing ways to help autistic teens

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Posted on April 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 9:02 AM

NORFOLK -- A breakthrough may be on the way for teens with Autism.  

Eastern Virginia Medical School is conducting a clinical study of two a medicine that holds the promise of helping the teens develop social and communication skills.

"Anecdotally, we are encouraged and gratified because we've noticed a few persons who seem to be dramatic responders," said Dr. Stephen Deutsch.

One of them is 19-year-old Travis Meeks, who is on D-cycloserine.

"I'm not afraid anymore, he said.

"For him to say 'Hey Mom, you're a good cook' is one of those things you don't expect to hear," said Michelle Meeks.

EVMS will hold an Autism symposium at 6:00 p.m. on April 25.

A second study has been approved but not started. EVMS will test an Alzheimer's medication to see if it's helpful to autistic adolescents.

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