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My 5 year old son has been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder , mild retardation/ what future for him?

My 5 year old son has been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder , mild retardation/ what future for him?

Depends: The diagnosis of PPD covers a broad range of delays. Some children more severally delayed than others. The important thing is getting your child all the services that can help him achieve his best potential. He would benefit from an individual education plan, iep, in school. This plan can provide extra help in school. Possible physical therapy and occupational therapy, depending on delays. ...Read more

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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


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Autistic 8 year old boy has brother (5 years) with speech impairment, their cousin (6 years) is hyperlexic. Do you recommend any genetic testing?

Autistic 8 year old boy has brother (5 years) with speech impairment, their cousin (6 years) is hyperlexic. Do you recommend any genetic testing?

No: There are probably genetic factors in all of these, but these are polygenic. Hyperlexic kids often do very well in life. You won't find a single locus mutated that will inform a decision about preventing more children like this from being born. Genetic testing is for major, catastrophic illnesses like cystic fibrosis or muscular dystrophy -- single-gene diseases. ...Read more

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Delayed speech and behavioral problems in 2 1/2 year old?

Delayed speech and behavioral problems in 2 1/2 year old?

See below: I assume you mean what should I do about this? See your pediatrician for an exam and evaluation. If needed a developmental pediatrician can be consulted. ...Read more

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How do we parent a 15 yr old boy with sociopathic behavior?

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How do we parent a 15 yr old boy with sociopathic behavior?

Sociopath: Clear guidelines and firm limits setting, involve in individual and family counseling, provide modeling and guidance. ...Read more

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Can an 18 year old boy with autism work a normal job?

Can an 18 year old boy with autism work a normal job?

Yes: Autism is a diagnosis with a huge range of severity from mild to very severe. Thus the the level of severity determines the capability of holding a "normal" job. The answer is yes, it can be possible. ...Read more

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Do teen pregnancy statistics mix the 18-19 yr old adults with the 16-17 year olds?

Do teen pregnancy statistics mix the 18-19 yr old adults with the 16-17 year olds?

Good question: It depends which studies you are looking at. Most will define it as less than 19 years old. By changing the definition though to an earlier age the statistics will obviously change. Most news stories do not usually clarify that. For accurate numbers go to the national campaign to prevent teen pregnancy website. They are a well funded nonpartisan group with accurate information. ...Read more

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Problem boy 2 years old not talking?

Problem boy 2 years old not talking?

2 yr old not talking: The boy needs a language evaluation to see what the problem may be. Is he hearing well? See your doctor. ...Read more

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17 year old male come from a big boned family, he very small, with a speach immpetiment, anger issues & puberty delays, possible crack baby?

17 year old male come from a big boned family, he very small, with a speach immpetiment, anger issues & puberty delays, possible crack baby?

FAS/E? : This is very typical of fetal alcohol exposure/ syndrome. These patients tend to be of short stature, have anger management problems, learning disabilities, developmental delay and social disconnectedness. ...Read more

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Is there a pediatric psychiatrist who is a behavorial specialist that you might recommend? My 7 yr old granddaughter has issues. My 7 year old granddaughter has pretty serious behavorial issues. She has really awful temper tantrums & has tendencies to bec

Is there a pediatric psychiatrist who is a behavorial specialist that you might recommend? My 7 yr old granddaughter has issues. My 7 year old granddaughter has pretty serious behavorial issues. She has really awful temper tantrums & has tendencies to bec

Sometimes : Sometimes finding a specialist in your area can be a very difficult task. I don't personally know anyone in your area, but two ways you can look into it are to ask your granddaughter's doctor for a referral or to call your granddaughter's insurance company to see which child psychiatrists take her insurance. Doing both can help narrow the field. From there, sometimes you just have to meet people to see who your granddaughter "clicks" with and who you feel most comfortable with. Doctors have different styles that work for different people and sometimes it just takes a little sleuthing to figure out who is going to work best for your family. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 3 yr old autistic son has the vocab of a 5 yr old however his language doesn't flow. Will speech therapy along with preschool be able to help him?

My 3 yr old autistic son has the vocab of a 5 yr old however his language doesn't flow. Will speech therapy along with preschool be able to help him?

Prosody is the term: For pitch, tempo, intonation & rhythm of speech. Difficulty with both prosody & pragmatics, the conversational, turn-taking aspects of language, is seen in autistic spectrum disorder (formerly asperger syndrome). Your school district's child find team can assess your son for eligibility for early childhood special education. An inclusion" a pre-k class with neurotypical peers + slt will help. ...Read more

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It is necessary cfgf diet for autistic children 12 years old with mild autism rate?

It is necessary cfgf diet for autistic children 12 years old with mild autism rate?

Not necessary : More than that , wholesome diet cutting overpocessed foods eg minimizing corn syrup, high sugar foods/drinks, msg , food with long list of preservatives, is always best. Heighten veggies eg hide in food. No formal studies have proven gluten free or celiac free is a general answer. Yet some people swear by it- no harm in trying for 1-2 months and see of helps. Transition foods very slowly :) ...Read more

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Can my school district diagnose my 3 year old with autism?

Can my school district diagnose my 3 year old with autism?

Maybe: At 3 kids in the us qualify for the "child find" program that seeks to identify kids with developmental problems that would interfere with educational success.Parents can self refer to the special services departments of their local school system to arrange an evaluation. ...Read more

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Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld. Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld.  Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

May not help much: Occupational therapy can help people with fine motor control problems such as the ability to write, type, or otherwise use the hands, wrists, arms. If a child's brain is different, causing him difficulty in dealing with ideas, words, phrases, sentences, etc..., then it is not a motor skill problem, and may not benefit much from o.T. It may be worth a brief try, to see if there is improvement. ...Read more

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How do you recommend i discipline my 33 year old daughter diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

How do you recommend i discipline my 33 year old daughter diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

Consistently: One of the biggest issues with borderline pd is the switching back and forth between fears of abandonment and engulfment -- wanting to be separate from, yet also wanting to cling to, parental figures. The best thing you can do is remain calm yourself, have clear consequences for behavior, and apply them consistently without becoming punitive. Hard task i know, but there it is. Ask her therapist. ...Read more

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Hello, a friend has a six yr old boy who was born as a crack baby he has learning disabilities , he can learn how to play videos but not school work ?

Hello, a friend has a six yr old boy who was born as a crack baby  he has learning disabilities , he can learn how to play videos but not school work ?

Two different skills: Learning to operate a video is much easier than school work. A video may be very automatic and robot like. Or if not, it still gives instant gratification. School work demands multiple intelligences at the same time and requires pateince and delayed gratification. See a child development specialist: a psychologist or psychiatrist, or a team at a children's hospital. ...Read more

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Our 13 yr old Asperger syndrome child is obese and struggling with weight loss. Any advice appreciated.

Our 13 yr old Asperger syndrome child is obese and struggling with weight loss. Any advice appreciated.

Avoid wheat: Check out dr. Davis and his information about modern wheat. It makes us it on an average 400 cal more per day and is toxic to our gut. It also increases mental dysfunction. Be aware that wheat is in everything, from canned soup to salad dressing so it is not easy to eliminate. Eat "single" foods such as avocado, nuts, organic meats and legumes. Let me know how it works out. ...Read more

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Living with a teen age daughter who is suicidal and bilpolar?

Living with a teen age daughter who is suicidal and bilpolar?

Bipolar: Seek immediate psychiatric help. In fact she should be hospitalized in a psych unit where she can be closely monitored ...Read more

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62 year old man with severe hearing difficulties?

62 year old man with severe hearing difficulties?

Needs evaluation: He needs a good ENT evaluation with a good hearing test. Critical to improve hearing as untreated hearing loss is strongly associated with dementia. ...Read more

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My 5 year old was born with mild pvl. He is now experiencing reading difficulties. I need a neurologist who specializes in sld with pvl in georgia?

My 5 year old was born with mild pvl. He is now experiencing reading difficulties. I need a neurologist who specializes in sld with pvl in georgia?

Child study center: Pvl is a marker for brain injury that is often associated with other problems when a kid ages. In the past decade a subspecialty of pediatrics, the developmental pediatrician has grown to fill part of this need.They are often found at child study centers affiliated with children's hospitals or med schools. Often the work of a team can provide more answers than any single specialty. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me symptoms of autism in a two year old boy?

It varies: Autism is an incredibly complex problem that manifests itself in many ways. If you are looking for a simple answer like you would get for a simpler disease (eg: chicken pox causes fever and rash), then you will be frustrated. There are books on this subject....Big ones. If you are concerned that your child is autistic, you need to see your pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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My two year old hand flaps, but does not have any other signs of autism. What could be happening?

Hand-flapping when : Excited, head-banging ; insistence on night-time rituals are all seen in neurotypical 2-year-olds. Use the developmental screens on firstsigns.Org , then talk to your pediatrician if there are developmental delays or signs of autism. Customize healthychildren.Org or the app for your child's age for useful tips on development ; behavior. ...Read more

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My son is 2 years old & has sleep problems. He has severe anxiety & may be autistic. He won't nap & often will be up 12+ hours. Can we try Melatonin?

My son is 2 years old & has sleep problems. He has severe anxiety & may be autistic. He won't nap & often will be up 12+ hours. Can we try Melatonin?

Best to see good Dr.: This is complex so I advise seeing an integrative MD- see http://tinyurl.com/znoel89 It's safe to try melatonin but I recommend a tiny dose of 0.25-0.5 mg. Magnesium (ideally glycinate or taurate) 200 mg/day may help calm him; also a good B-complex with the L-5-MTHF form of folate (folic acid). Tulsi tea and L-Thenanine may help. You might also try to find a good homeopath- see http://tinyurl.com/lw2suls ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my 2 year old has autism?

Observation : Because there are no blood tests to test for autism, we rely on behavioral observations. For parents here are a few questions: does your child make eye contact? Will they imitate you? Do they respond to their names? Do they play with a wide variety of toys? Does your child point to show you things? If you answer no to 2 or 3 of these, see your pediatrician and share your concerns. Best! ...Read more

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How can I help my 2-1/2-year-old with suspected autism until he gets approved for services? Is there any intervention i can do on my own while waiting

Autism Intervention: You can learn how to improve the non verbal communication with your child. Please look in the information posted online on this subject, and practice observing the child's responses to your interactions. For example, how is communicating anger, need for affection, hunger, tiredness, etc. And how is expressing relief of tension, pain, or other feelings. Write notes to bring to the evaluation ! ...Read more

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How can I help my 2-1/2-year-old with suspected autism until he gets services? Is there any intervention i can do on my own while we wait for approval

Be proactive : There are many interventions that can be helpful. Some are provided by therapists and some can be undertaken by the parents. While waiting to have services such as speech, ot, pt and behavioral to be put in place look for a provider in your area who understands that additonal interventions may be helpful and can guide you. Check national autism websites for local providers. Be persistent. ...Read more

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Please advise me what to do if my 2 year old is autistic?

See Pediatrician: To have your child evaluated for possible autism. Better to know than just wonder. If the diagnosis is autism, then you might to see another specialist. There is an autistic society in many cities where you can get local information and help for practical matters. ...Read more

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I have been depressed since I learned that my 2 year old has been diagnosed with autism. Does it get better?

I have been depressed since I learned that my 2 year old has been diagnosed with autism. Does it get better?

If You Mean the....: Autism, with proper medically proven therapy, many children show tremendous improvement to the point where total mainstreaming occurs. Unfortunately not always. But the earlier you begin, the better the odds. ...Read more

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What else can it be apart from autism and hearing if a 2 year old's response to his name is poor and there is language delay.

Ped dev eval: Your child needs an evaluation by a developmental behavioral pediatrician or pediatric neurologist or speech language therapist. If hearing is definitely normal (s/he responds well to almost everything OTHER than his name), autism is a reasonable concern if other elements are present (poor eye contact, limited imaginative play, poor social engagement). Intellectual disability is an area of conce ...Read more

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Developmental pediatrician suspects 2-1/2-year-old might have autism. I'm a wreck with worry. Please tell me something to make me feel better.

Developmental pediatrician suspects 2-1/2-year-old might have autism.  I'm a wreck with worry.  Please tell me something to make me feel better.

Right thing: You're doing the right thing by seeking professional help. Please go to autism speaks for more information. There are systems in place to help your child and also help you. Be proactive. Find the best support systems in your area. Don't be put off by your school district's budget constraints. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. ...Read more

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Hi my 2 year old daughter eats hair and likes sucking anything metal I took her to the doctors and he mentioned pica and gave me information about it. On the information it mentioned autism I was wondering if I can have my daughter tested for this and wo

Definitely: If your child is having unusual symptoms, take her to a center specializing in evaluations of young children. If funds are a problem, see if easter seals has a program near you. Some behavioral pediatricians are trained in evaluating children this age, as a psychologist. Your pediatrician should have referrals. You definitely want an expert with toddlers. Good luck. ...Read more

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The neuro my 2 year old daughter sees is testing her for autism and that's it.. I think she may have cerebral palsy how can I get her tested.!?

The neuro my 2 year old daughter sees is testing her for autism and that's it.. I think she may have cerebral palsy how can I get her tested.!?

Hx & Exam: The definition of CP is a disorder of movement & posture due to injury to the developing nervous system that ocrurred anytime from pregnancy to 3 yrs of age. If you have seen a neuro & s/he is not concerned about the kids movements, you have been checked. However, there are mild forms of CP that may not become evident untill more refined movements are expected as an older child. ...Read more

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What can cause normocytic normochromic anemia in a 2-year-old female with a history of poor growth for the past ~6 months and autism?

What can cause normocytic normochromic anemia in a 2-year-old female with a history of poor growth for the past ~6 months and autism?

Mgt: One consideration is chronic or systemic disease states. Has she been screened for Cystic Fibrosis? A virtual consult may be arranged so that you can upload the growth chart and lab results. ...Read more

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My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with toys. Is this a sign of autism?

My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with  toys. Is this a sign of autism?

Not Enough Informati: We can not tell you if his not talking much at age of 2 years and tapping his chin with toys is a sign of autism.I will suggest you get him evaluated by his pediatrician and discuss your concerns with Him/Her as the baby has to be evaluated for normal growth and development assessment to be able to answer your concern To me these two signs do not by itself suggest autistic pattern.Get him checked ...Read more

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My 2 years old daugther showing some signs of having autism. She spins in curcles; sometimes pluginnig her ears; do unusual gestures with her arms; has delay at speach;prettending that she is counting and putting in order her markers or spoons and forks;d

The American Academy: Of pediatrics recommends developmental surveillance with standardized screening tests at every well-child check + autism-specific screening at 18 & 24 mos. If not done, fill out the screening tests on firstsigns.Org; take her & the results to her doctor. Call your state's early intervention program for assessment & therapy for language delay or autism to promote optimal development. Good luck! ...Read more

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If i suspect my 1 year old boy has autism, what should I do?

See a specialist: I would consider 1st talking to your pediatrician. Who can refer you to local specialists.I would get involved with autism research institute(ari) an excellent clearing house for up to date information .Sidney bakers 360 autism is an internet information source that connects you with a knowledgeable autism community. ...Read more

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How do I get my 3 year old mild autistic boy to poop on the potty?

How do I get my 3 year old mild autistic boy to poop on the potty?

TOILET TRAINING: Just like the other kids show them how to go potty when you do one and don't force them when they are not ready yet. ...Read more

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