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Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?
What are doctor-recommended strategies that pediatricians teach children to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Healthy Kids: I usually discuss diet, sleep, and exercise at each well visit. I stress the importance of 3 meals a day and lots of fruits and veggies. I discourage soda and juice as well as unhealthy snacks. I also recommend approx 45 min-1 hour of exercise every other day to every day. I ask teens to try to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night. Most of all, a doctor needs to spend time with you... ...Read more
Several: Basic hygiene lessons on hand washing after toileting, brushing teeth everyday, healthy foods, water vs soda and get out and play. Don't forget safety talks about seat belts, strangers, social media caution. Limit TV/Screen time to no more than 2 hours a day. http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/healthy-habits-mothers-should-teach-kids#1 ...Read more
ABA Therapy provided: by Board Certified Behavioral Analysts really helps children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder +/- ADHD if parents learn & consistently use the behavioral techniques. Ask your son's Special Education teacher about www.autismspeaks.org/resource/kids-korner-autism-center. Also, see a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician to look for genetic & other medical causes & manage medical & behavioral issues. ...Read more
Many ways!: Having a child in college, i can certainly relate to this excellent question. Some tips include: 3 healthy meals a day, exercise regularly, participate in intramural sports, lots of hand washing, stay up to date with immunizations (especially the meningitis vaccine, ) and maintain a proper balance of study and extra-curricular activities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam
Yes, to a point: Through state and federal laws, there are mandatory accommodations that need to be done, such as access to school facilities, testing and learning accommodations, and travel to and from school. However the school does have latitude in how to do that. Rather than fit a bus with expensive equipment for instance, they could just send someone to pick a child up. Parents need to be flexible too. ...Read more
My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?
Anxiety/A, Phobias/P: Part of normal development. 1.Social p: fear of contact with unfamiliar people, social isolation; desire of involvement w/family, familiar peers. 2.Separation a: unrealistic, persistent worries of possible harm befalling primary caregivers, persistent avoidance of being alone, complain distress. 3.School p. 4. Generalized a disorder: worries about future events. Encourage, talk; get counselling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kinds of healthy food that helps students studying and strengthen their memory and make them more amenable to accommodate their school lessons?
I'd love to know: Hard to say, but the mediterranean diet seems healthy and protects against many eventual problems, such as heart disease and stroke. Would avoid junk foods, sugars, candy, soft drinks of any kind, but maybe increase lean protein, and encourage exercise and avoidance of smoking, alcohol, and recreational drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best possible way for a college student to juggle school, work, extracurricular act., volunteering, and social/family life all in one?
Take it from Clint: One of Clint Eastwood's great lines is from the 1970's movie Magnum Force. At the end of the movie, just after his character Dirty Harry has taken out the last bad guy, he says, "A man's got to know his limitations." This applies to women as well. Also, be sure to plan well ahead, use a calendar all the time, and keep a buffer of time in case something takes longer than expected. ...Read more
I hope so: I would like to think so. But if they do, it's not working very well! ...Read more
Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?
Some are: Many computer games involve killing and maiming and seem to me to teach that violence is O.K. Others, like e.g. Snow boarding, teach dexterity and computer savvy. Like everything in life, it should be balanced by thoughtful restriction. I believe that the constant use of electronic gadgets is harming kids because it is surprisingly addictive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Easy: Some home schooling is done in as groups, so they have social interaction within the group plus friends in neighborhood and activities such as sports etc. ...Read more
Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam
It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?
Nearly all gone: Separate institutions for mentally retarded (or seriously mentally ill) individuals have nearly vanished in the U.S. Those with mr have quite different needs, depending on the severity of delay. People with mild delays live at home as children and may live indpendently as adults. Adults with severe mr typically live in group homes. Life quality depends on quality of services, not location. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you had to teach human sexuality to children or adolescents in homeschool, what are some things thing ok if religious?
Be realIstic: A religious ovum is fertilized just as easily as an atheist ovum. A religious body is just as susceptible to STDs as an atheist body. Ignorance caused tremendous suffering in earlier times. We're blessed with modern knowledge that gives us much more control over them. If your kids don't learn it from you, who will teach it to them properly? Knowledge is power. We owe it to them to give it to them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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