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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...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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Wanted to know if autism behaviors become worse with age?

Wanted to know if autism behaviors become worse with age?

Varies by person: I have seen kids go both ways. There are some autistic kids who by their early teens are able to be assimilated into regular classrooms becomes they have made so much progress with therapy. I've also seen kids become increasingly aggressive and problematic as they hit puberty. Research shows that early intervention and social and language therapy are key to improved behavior and general health. ...Read more

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How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

Each child is unique: 12 diagnostic features are divided, 4 in each of 3 categories: social; communication; stereotypical behavior. Diagnosis requires 2 from social and at least 1 from @ of the others, but a total of at least 6. Therefore, a lot of individual variability exists. Each feature of the 12 occurs often but not necessarily a majority of the time and no one appears definitely all the time. ...Read more

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Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis of a set of observable behaviors with many different etiologies, or causes. The underlying deficits that cause difficullty in joint attention, gaze monitoring, pretend play, face recognition, processing social/emotional information, social communication, social reciprocity & stereotyped, repetitive movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest are unique to ad. ...Read more

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Are there identification cards for autism?

Are there identification cards for autism?

Absolutely Yes: Any person suffering from autism should carry on their person some sort of identification to ensure they are able to communicate their special needs. Individuals who function at a higher level may carry a card in their wallet or purse. Those with lower function may wear id bracelets or id made of durable materials. Check out: medicalert.Org for information. Simple laminate cards can be homemade. ...Read more

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I am autistic and can you tell me if sugar can affect autism behavior?

It can: Sugar is often addictive and can affect behavior in general. Autistic individuals are often more sensitive to the effects of many foods including sugar, as they tend to be more sensitive to many things. ...Read more

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What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in children with autism ?

What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in children with autism ?

Redirection: As with most kids, trying to change what is happening at the moment by directing the child to do something different. We too often yell at kids for bad behavior, so pick your battles and save the important reprimands for major stuff. Most of the other behaviors should attempted to be changed by reinforcement of new projects or challenges. ...Read more

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Is applied behavioral analysis therapy effective for autism?

Is applied behavioral analysis therapy effective for autism?

Sometimes: Aba is one behavioral therapy shown to be effective in helping with asd. There are newer, more developmentally based therapies also showing promise, such as play project (floortime), son rise and rdi - relationship development intervention. The key factor as a parent is to research the various approaches and determine which seems to best fit your child. And don't be afraid to change, if needed. ...Read more

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Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Run the gamut: Autism spectrum disorders run the gamut from from retardation in classic autism to normal intelligence with poor social interaction. ...Read more

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I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

Meds can help...: ..A lot! autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more