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Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap.Org or app. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Do all public schools offer classes in comprehensive sex education?

Do all public schools offer classes in comprehensive sex education?

No: No, they do not. And even if they do, its not always required and many offer parents and children the right to opt out. So not all children will receive comprehensive sex education. ...Read more

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Are college students with ADHD able to graduate?

Are college students with ADHD able to graduate?

Yes: Adhd can be effectively managed with therapy and/or medication. Also, a lot of adults can manage their adhd well. There are a lot of successful people with adhd. ...Read more

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Do all children need formal religious training?

Do all children need formal religious training?

NO: Children do benefit from a greater sense of connection and control. Something like having an omniscient parent. It helps explain many things that happen in the world for them, even if they don't directly believe that this entity is directly involved. However, a formal training is up to you, a totally personal decision. Children should be educated overall about religion, but not necessarily in one. ...Read more

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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?

Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living?  Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Yes: Most all very serious, long standing or non-curable, genetic, even uncommon conditions have support groups and links for help. Are we not blessed and cursed with the age of the internet and technology ? Start with aspergersyndrome.Org. ...Read more

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Does every school district use the same standardized developmental tests for students needing help?

Does every school district use the same standardized developmental tests for students needing help?

No: Every school district acts as an independent "fiefdom" in every aspect of educational care. Some are excellent some aren't. Most districts within a given state are consistent with each other in using the same protocols. Be very pro active in advocating for your child as they navigate the cumbersome school process. ...Read more

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How can the ados (autism diagnostic observation schedule) help my daughter who was diagnosed w asd?

Only to clarify: The ados is designed to differentiate autistic disorders from other developmental disorders. If there is really a question of diagnosis, it can help. Once diagnosed, the score really doesn't do much for therapeutic planning. That should be done by an experienced therapist and and experienced educator. ...Read more

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How do professionals gauge a childs motor skill developmental age?

How do professionals gauge a childs motor skill developmental age?

Comparison: These judgements are based upon reseach assessing thousands of kids patterns and generating statistical analysis. Then standard milestones are represented. Your pediatrician then compares your child's progresses to these patterns. ...Read more

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Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

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 more

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Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Yes: premature infants are at risk for learning disabilities. Many academic programs have follow up programs which include developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and developmental psychologists, who can evaluate and help manage former premies who have learning problems. ...Read more

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Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Too little info: I sympathize, but your question is so general, it is impossible to offer a specific answer. If you think the problem truly is the teacher, speak to the principal or special educataion counselor at the school. You can request a new iep at any time, which may include looking at private school options if child not recieving adequate care. If needed, seek a lawyer specializing in this area. ...Read more

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Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers--who is cheapest for neuropsych eval?

Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers--who is cheapest for neuropsych eval?

Neuro psycologist: Neuro psychological evaluation is performed by psychologist who get special training in neuropsychology. It is not cheap as it is time consuming and involves several more tests than regular psycological evaluation. ...Read more

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Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

I did a search: On yahoo and no relevant programs turned up. In general neuro cognitive training has limited short term benefits but people who are promoting this are trying to sell this to insurance agencies, the government and to general public to ask them to pay for these training programs which have questionable long term benefits. ...Read more

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Which do I need for a special ED student evaluation? Developmental psychologist, neurodevelopmental pediatrician or occupational therapy?

Which do I need for a special ED student evaluation? Developmental psychologist, neurodevelopmental pediatrician or occupational therapy?

Depends on question: Special ed students have many types of problems, and the type of testing needed depends on the areas of concern. They can includ speech and language, occupational therapy, phsycial therapy, psycholgoy, neuropsychology, and educational psychology, among others. Schools are mandated to work with parents to determine what evauations are needed and what steps are required to help students advance. ...Read more

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Do daycare centers and schools require vaccinations?

Do daycare centers and schools require vaccinations?

Yes: It is important for facilities caring for young children to enforce vaccine recommendations. This is because, many illnesses in children are transmitted from children who are in close contact with each other. Without these important regulations, childcare centers would be vectors for serious disease (which would put your child and others at high risk of life-threatening illnesses). ...Read more

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Book for learning disabilities/adhd teen?

Book for learning disabilities/adhd  teen?

Check out websites: There are excellent websites such as chadd.Org or www.Ldanatl.Org/. The former is for adhd, the latter for learning disabilities. Both have lots of wonderful materials for parents. ...Read more

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What special training do geriatricians receive?

What special training do geriatricians receive?

Years more training: A geriatrician(md or do), has completed a 3 year residency in internal medicine or family medicine then has done either a 1, 2 or 3 year specialized fellowship in geriatrics(as a cardiologist or other specialist would do). After this training, one takes a board certifying test to prove ones expertise in the field. There are some docs that "grandfathered in" in the past without the fellowship. ...Read more

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Any good dissociative disorder programs/ hospitals?

Any good dissociative disorder programs/ hospitals?

Contact Univ hosp: McLean Hospital a Harvard Medical School Affiliate is a good start. They may know of other programs in your city. ...Read more

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What amount do pediatric oncology social workers make?

What amount do pediatric oncology social workers make?

Depends: Salary of social workers is not information typically available to physicians. Furthermore, salaries depend on many factors such as experience and location that prevents me from giving you a direct answer. I recommend looking in want ads for the information that you seek. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more