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What medications are used to treat hyper activity in autistic children?

Varies: It depends on the cause of hyperactivity. There are many reasons for an ad child to be hyperactive. You, behavioral assistant, speech therapists, pt, teachers, and doctors need to figure out why. If child is chronically ill, frustrated, anxious, in pain, obsessing, he could be hyperactive. There is no one medication to use in a recipe fashion. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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What is used to treat someone with low function autism?

What is used to treat someone with low function autism?

Intensive therapy: Starting as early as possible intensive therapy such as ABA (applied behavioral analisis) has the best success rate for maximizing skills. A team approach is required. ...Read more

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Which remedy might work in improving an autistic child's functioning?

Which remedy might work in improving an autistic child's functioning?

Combination approach: Consider the combination of a behavioral approach monitored by a behavioral therapist, using cognitive behavioral therapy and medication to relieve the anxiety that often underlies autistic children's behavior. A social pragmatics group would give the child an opportunity to interact with other children in a structured and monitored setting. ...Read more

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Which are considered the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Which are considered the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Keepon toy: Keepon is an autism research toy developed in japan designed to interact with children with both attention and emotion. More information is available here: http://beatbots.Net/research/ they have a high end robot toy for autism research but they also sell a cheaper toy version of the keepon. ...Read more

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Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

It's possible that a: Child with autistic spectrum disorder who acquires a large vocabulary but doesn't use it for age-appropriate reciprocal social i communication & has overdeveloped pattern recognition & rote memory is perceived as being precocious in developing preschool skills, while his non-compliance for non-preferred tasks, perseveration in preferred tasks & stereotypies are perceived as personality traits. ...Read more

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My child has high functioning autism but feels an urge to make weird sounds that he can not stop?

My child has high functioning autism but  feels an urge to make weird sounds that he can not stop?

One idea: Asperger's / high function autism can run with Tourette's. I have a physician colleague who has this and is easily managed by a specific medication. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

Autism: His sleep problem may be due to difficulty unwinding from agitation or from recurrent fears at night. A good bedtime routine, sleep hygiene can help him, find out what soothes him. Physical daytime activities that get him tired at night may help. Work with a child psychiatrist, medications can help with low functioning autism. ...Read more

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Weird question. But medically relevant.Can fairly low IQ people have normal intelligence children? Not autistic/downs just lower IQ. Regularsmartkids?

Weird question. But medically relevant.Can fairly low IQ people have normal intelligence children? Not autistic/downs just lower IQ. Regularsmartkids?

Varies with cause: In some cases reduced mental function is caused by brain injury before or after pregnancy, alcohol exposure during brain development and or other issues which are not inherited. Some with low IQ's have genetic conditions that can be inherited. Down syndrome girls are fertile, and could have a normal infant (but also could produce one with Down syndrome with their expected limitations). ...Read more

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My 3 yr old son has high functioning autism. I read weighted blankets may help kids with this disorder. What exactly would they help him with?

My 3 yr old son has high functioning autism.  I read weighted blankets may help kids with this disorder.  What exactly would they help him with?

Help relax and sleep: People with autism or asperger's syndrome often feel more comfortable with additional weight pressing against them. This can help them relax and sleep better at night. According to the autism speaks website, some insurance companies will even cover the cost of these if the claim is filled out properly. See: http://www.Autismspeaks.Org/family-services/resource-library/sensory-tools-products. ...Read more

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