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Autism Still Diapered
Has autism been classified into different useful levels or are patients still getting lumped together?
Both: Currently there three basic classifications: asperger's, autistiism, & pervasive developmental disorders. But these are somewhat ill-defined & each encompasses a broad spectrum of levels of function. Better definition & classification of autistic spectrum disorders is currently under consideration but is likely to be difficult if not impossible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My son has autism and we've tried melatonin and cat après he still only sleeps about 4 to 6 hours please help?
Consult specialist: Ad kids have many quirky habits of daily living. Odd tastes in foods, self stimming behaviors, erratic bedtimes. Smelling stuff. The child's age is important here as well. Treat bedtime as you would any other behavior you wish to modify. A behavioral therapist can help. Medications may be useful. Consult a developmental pediatrician or child psychiatrist for help in that area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No Medicines fix it: Over the years a variety of medicines & diets have been studied in autism. None have provided any evidence based or predictable improvement although you can find glowing testimonials about a few. There are some medicines that physicians use to help with mood issues or aggressive behavior, but these only help manage symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 5 yo son diagnosed with autism still mumbles sylablles that we can't understand.Speech theraphy once a week here philpines expensive what can I do?
Special Education : Are special education services for children with autism available?These include speech/language & occupational therapy as well as behavioral therapy. Ask his slt if he has joint attention, the ability to share interest in an object or event with another person, as this precedes social communication. Whether he uses asl, pecs, language or an ipad app, insist that he tell you what he wants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer