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There's mental health issues in family. They didn't learn coping skills. After years of me learning w. therapy/hard work, I'm finding that I've maybe got more than learned behavior. What does the discovery process look like. Just see my primary?

There's mental health issues in family. They didn't learn coping skills. After years of me learning w. therapy/hard work, I'm finding that I've maybe got more than learned behavior. What does the discovery process look like. Just see my primary?

Congratulations: on working on your own coping skills. You MAY be being discouraged by the pathology that still exists in your family system. Stay rooted in what you have learned and exercise compassion w/family. See clinical psychologist for psych testing if you would like to know more about your personality. Peace and good health. ...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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What are some option for a 21 year old who is very bright, but struggles with a learning disability?

What are some option for a 21 year old who is very bright, but struggles with a learning disability?

Expert assessment: Consider a developmental optometry evaluation with someone expert in visual spacial processing problems hans lessman pittsburgh pa-has a web site. ...Read more

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Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Yes: All addiction is unhealthy; however, spending a lot of time playing video games is not neccesarily bad unless it is leading to predictably negative consequences in your life.. A former patient of mine who spent a lot of time on games, got a job working for a games development company getting the kinks out. If there are negative consequences, counseling may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can a child with autism end up getting good grades?

Can a child with autism end up getting good grades?

If high functioning: Provided they have the right supports at School making sure that he has an IEP which is indicated for autism. IEP stands for individualized educational program which poses legal responsibility upon the school to help the child. A formal request by letter from the parent can be made for this-stating what are the issues that need support simply stating then that IEP is needed as soon as possible. ...Read more

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At what age will you see a child with autism display social withdrawal?

At what age will you see a child with autism display social withdrawal?

12-18 months: Autism is by definition a derangement in social interaction, among other things. Most parents may not see autism symptoms for what they are until later, and those not familiar with the child may not recognize them either. But looking back, often you can see where the signs began before 1 year of age: not making good eye contact, or looking to mom for social cues. These become more obvious by 2 y. ...Read more

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Have glaucoma with a life expectancy of 30+ yrs. Plan to work as a paralegal for 10 years. If major surgery done is a detail oriented career over?

Have glaucoma with a life expectancy of 30+ yrs.  Plan to work as a paralegal for 10 years. If  major surgery done is a detail oriented career over?

No not necessarily : If your glaucoma has progressed despite maximally tolerated medical/laser treatment, and your glaucoma doc has recommended surgery, generally this is to stabilize the disease progression. Your quality of vision depends on how much field loss you have in each eye and your visual acuity. As long as your binoc vision (& central vision)remain in tact your ability to continue with dexterous tasks = ok. ...Read more

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What is a good at-home risk assesment for children for developmental delays?

What is a good at-home risk assesment for children for developmental delays?

MCHAT: The mchat is a good at home screening tool for autism https://m-chat.Org (many pediatricians use it in the office as well) also healthychildren.Org click on the ages and stages tab. Normal milestones are listed for 1 to 3 months, 4 - 7 months etc. ...Read more

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Help please! is auto focus led on a digital camera safe for infants?

Help please! is auto focus led on a digital camera safe for infants?

Yes: The led focusing light on a digital camera is very safe and will not hurt the eyes or skin of an infant. ...Read more

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Hi docs, is it true that prematurely-born children are at greater risk for learning problems later in life?

Hi docs, is it true that prematurely-born children are at greater risk for learning problems later in life?

Not necessarily: If a premature infant has few or no complications of any significance they will grow up with all the brain power they were born with.If one has difficulty during their stay, including prolonged ventilator care, brain hemorrhage, blood poisoning, etc. These issues may injure the brain and cause problems later in life. ...Read more

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Latest research towards conical cornea + best options to consider for a teenage boy. My case is rather severe. Not wanting to have a graph done!?

Latest research towards conical cornea + best options to consider for a teenage boy. My case is rather severe. Not wanting to have a graph done!?

Help is on the way!: Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea thins out centrally over time. The pressure of the fluid that keeps the eye inflated slowly pushes this part of the cornea outward, stretching it into a cone shape. It can lead to high degrees of nearsightedness and astigmatism, as well as scars that block vision. If there are no scars, collagen cross-linking and other treatments can greatly improve you. ...Read more

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As a father to 7 years old with ml4 I am looking for leading facilities that research ml4? Also looking for innovative treatments for it.

ML4 research: http://www.ml4.org/ is a foundation researching the illness. The nih also lists this foundation as well as professional societies: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/find_people/voluntary_orgs/volorg692.Htm. ...Read more

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Do teens with ms progress to disability faster than adults? And what's the outlook for a teen with ms nowadays?

Do teens with ms progress to disability faster than adults? And what's the outlook for a teen with ms nowadays?

Complex question: The earlier MS is diagnosed it tends to have a more rapid decline, but this depends on so much such as what type of MS you have, treatments available to you and past progression and family member progression if applicable. I wish I could have a more concrete answer for you, but the disease is so complex its hard to answer from in a few hundred characters on here. Wishing you all the best. ...Read more

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Would it be more beneficial to continue mainstreaming my 8 year old child diagnosed w hfa w adhd, gdd/asperger vs placing her in a special ED school?

Would it be more beneficial to continue mainstreaming my 8 year old child diagnosed w hfa w adhd, gdd/asperger vs placing her in a special ED school?

Ask school: The best think for your child is for you to team up with his teachers and school to get their opinion as to how he is doing. The school district is required by law to evaluate him to see if he needs special help if he has a confirmed medical diagnosis that may get in the way of his education. Sometimes you have to push the school to do it but collaborating is always best. Ask if he needs an iep. ...Read more

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What hope is there for children brought up by single parent with learning disabilities?

What hope is there for children brought up by single parent with learning disabilities?

LOTS!: You can reach out to your pediatrician and school district for some resources! there are many programs and services out there to help! a social worker may also be very helpful in arranging these services. ...Read more

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How long (time wise) is a childs with ADHD and ADD's attention span? We want to set a timetable.

How long (time wise) is a childs with ADHD and ADD's attention span?  We want to set a timetable.

ADHD: That is different, for each child. ADHD has several factors, attention span, distractibility, and and how very busy their brains are. A better plan might be to take tasks, and break them down. Write it as a list that they can refer to. Clean room: 1-pick up trash, 2- put toys away, etc. I've even suggested using a timer, 3-make bed, 5 minutes. This focuses on their success, rather than the problem ...Read more

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On a psychological point of view which is more important fr a successful marriage love or an affluent guy with all money..

On a psychological point of view which is more important fr a successful marriage love or an affluent guy with all money..

What's your guess?: Marrying for money will not provide love or emotional connection for either partner -- and at best is more like a business deal. If both people are aware of the relationship's basis then they can agree or not. At worst it exploits someone who may think he's loved personally, when his money is the desired object. Usually this kind of deal backfires, and the woman is misused also. ...Read more

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Is it really possible to do retraining of the brain with a child for learning disabilies?

Is it really possible to do retraining of the brain with a child for learning disabilies?

To some extent, yes.: "Overcoming Dyslexia", from Dr. Sally Shaywitz' research using functional MRI scans to show that different parts of the brain activate during reading tasks in readers vs. non-readers,reveals that 9 mos. of multimodal reading instruction 4 hrs./day, 5 days/week normalizes brain activation pattern in non-readers. Reading decoding & fluency may remain below 5th %ile, but parallel curves of readers. ...Read more

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Does an old drug charge prevent someone from a future in the medical/dental field? Is there any point for a prospective medical/dental school student to dedicate themselves and apply to a school if that person was charged with possession of marijuana in

Does an old drug charge prevent someone from a future in the medical/dental field? Is there any point for a prospective medical/dental school student to dedicate themselves and apply to a school if that person was charged with possession of marijuana in

Hello. : Hello. Although i know medical doctors who have had an arrest for issues with drugs or alcohol in their youth, I am not a lawyer. Avvo. Com also has a legal site. Please pose this same question on that website. This allows lawyers to provide a public service by providing answers to legal questions free of charge. Good luck with your career in the medical field. Take care. ...Read more

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Is there any more risk for someone with learning disabilities to fall of his bicycle?

Is there any more risk for someone with learning disabilities to fall of his bicycle?

Yes, if the SLD is: From deficits in any or all of the following neuropsychological areas: visual-motor; visual -perceptual; proprioceptive/kinesthetic (coordination of body parts with each other/awareness of where one's body is in time & space). Or these neurodevelopmental problems: poor coordination; non-fluid gross motor movements (legs); imprecise fine motor movements (hands). Or poor vision. ...Read more

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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