Dr. Niazi treats a patient at his clinic.
With one in 88 children diagnosed with autism, researchers have long been looking at the cause and different therapies to treat the disorder.
Dr. Akhtar Niazi has been a pediatrician for the last 30 years, but he spent most of that time helping children with autism and inspired by his own son, Harris who has autism.
"When my son Harris was born, he was on a spectrum that needed a lot of help for daily function,” said Dr. Niazi. "At an early age, we knew something wasn't right."
At the doctor’s office in Lincoln, when Dr. Niazi sees his patients, he not only checks out their physical health, but he analyzes their social skills. The day 10/11 visited, Dr. Niazi was helping Logan Good, an 18-year-old from Washington, Kansas. Logan has Asperger’s. He's high-functioning and does well in school, but he lacks some communication skills.
“He has a lot of sensory overload and a lot of anxiety,” said Dr. Niazi. “If you pay attention to him, he has more of a robot talk."
Dr. Niazi is researching autism and the different therapies. Still, there are no known causes for the disorder.
"Most research has been toward genetic factors,” said Dr. Niazi.
It’s a possible genetics disorder that causes two areas of deficiency-- communication and social skills. That's why Dr. Niazi says a child's therapy includes a team of experts.
"It has to be their pediatrician, primary care physician, a psychologist,” said Dr. Niazi.
Dr. Niazi can't speak in detail about his research, but he can say he's looking at different sleep therapies to help kids with autism.
The Autism Speaks walk is Saturday, Sept. 28 with registration starting at 11 a.m. at Haymarket Park. The walk starts at 1 p.m.