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Doctor insights on: Autism Tantrums Vs Normal Tantrums

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What is the difference between autism tantrums and normal tantrums?

What is the difference between autism tantrums and normal tantrums?

A rose is a rose; : a tantrum is an outburst of temper with screaming, hitting, kicking, etc. typically used by kids with limited language to obtain a desired object or avoid a non-preferred task. Ignoring tantrums & modeling developmental-age-appropriate self-calming skills extinguishes tantrums in neurotypical toddlers. Kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder require intensive, repetitive behavioral therapy

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 is the difference between an autism tantrum and a meltdown?

None. "Meltdown" : is a euphemism for tantrum. BCBA's do a Functional Behavioral Assessment: Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence, then teach parents how to ignore tantrums & other maladaptive behaviors completely & consistently, track the "extinction burst" or ^ in severity & duration then extinction of the behaviors. Kids with ASD have high cortisol levels that rise & persist even higher when stressed.

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My son is 3 doesn't speak has these episodes like a tantrum but they appear out of no where and for no reason having him tested for autism but what co?

My son is 3 doesn't speak has these episodes like a tantrum but they appear out of no where and for no reason having him tested for autism but what co?

Child psychiatrist: You should take him to the office of a skilled child psychiatrist to clarify why this happens. Sometimes it is not a severe condition like autism, but other (easy to correct) factors, like siblings dynamics, general health issues, environmental exposure, etc, might be the cause. Get him examined, your pediatrician may guide you.

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Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

Bizzarre behavior: This may be a self soothing mechanism like rocking, other consoling mechanisms. Her severe autism leaves her without the normal social negative reinforcement of neurotypcal kids, meaning, she doesn't have the social awareness to remind her to stop the behavior. You may have some degree of success with social skills training with a therapist. Never spank her. Positive reinforcement works best!

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Can my brother (5 years old) with mild autism recover and lead a normal life?

Can my brother (5 years old) with mild autism recover and lead a normal life?

Think big...: ...Then go try your very best to make a good outcome his reality. It is not however about "recovering", but rather "developing". There are many opportunities to favorably influence and enhance a young child who has been called "mildly autistic". And, there are likely to be new interventions available in the future. Get expert help. And, start right now.

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My 7mo cries if a stranger even looks at him. He cries the entire time if I have a babysitter over. Is this normal at this age? Is this a sign autism?

Exactly the opposite: Implicit memory at 5 mos. leads to recognition of stranger vs. non-stranger & stranger anxiety at 6 mos. in a neurotypical infant. Have the same sitter come & play with both of you,, rolling a ball amongst the 3 of you. Then while the sitter plays with him, say "bye" without showing anxiety; come back in 10 minutes. Smile & resume play. Repeat as needed. Separation anxiety develops at 9 mos.

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Can a child with mild autism lead a normal life?

Can a child with mild autism lead a normal life?

Pretty much: Milder forms such as aspergers are treatable. The experience and training of the child psychiatrist really matter. As does a supportive environment.

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Can a teen seem normal and still have some kind of autism?

Yes: Aspergers disorder is considered a mild form of autism. People with asperger's disorder have poor social pragmatic skills. This may be mistaken for shyness.

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Is there a way to cure autism, and make my brother normal like other people?

Is there a way to cure autism, and make my brother normal like other people?

Unfortunately : There is no one way alone that would cure autism. It requires a team of professionals (psychologist, behavior analyst, speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychiatrist, special education teacher) to have the best result. Most of the individuals are not fully cured, but they can make observable progress in areas of communication, challenging behaviors, and social skills.

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My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

Can only talk odds: Without even knowing your child's age or severity of symptoms, any answer is going to be highly general. Yes, some children with autism get better, sometimes markedly so; however, most continue to have problems lifelong. Usually, even with children with no problems, knowing what kind of life they will lead is impossible to guess until they make it through their teens.

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If a child has mild autism, should they be placed in a normal classroom instead of a special one? Will this help them to mentally develop at an appropriate rate?

If a child has mild autism, should they be placed in a normal classroom instead of a special one? Will this help them to mentally develop at an appropriate rate?

Highly variable: Autism consists of a wide spectrum of disability. Mildly autistic children can sometimes function and thrive in a streamline classroom, but each child's education program and support should be highly individualized by a team of school (teachers, psychologist, therapists) and pediatrician.

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Why do some people with autism have unusual facial features but others look normal?

Why do some people with autism have unusual facial features but others look normal?

Dysmorphism: Or unusual physical features are seen in many genetic disorders, some of which have intellectual disability &/or autism as part of their neurodevelopmental profile.

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Some people with autism have dysmorphic facial features but others look normal. Why is that?

Some people with autism have dysmorphic facial features but others look normal. Why is that?

Many causes of autis: Their are many causes of autism. Many of these disorders are genetic in origin. In some of those patients they may well have dysmorphic or abnormal facial appearance. In other cases they appear to have a perfectly normal physical examination. Be sure and check with your child's provider if you have a specific question.

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My son genetics X & Y chromosone are normal. Can he still have the chance to have autism?

No one can tell: Chromosomal analysis isn't meant to predict or diagnose autism, which is rather a complex disorder that needs healthcare professionals with expertise in child development and behavior to diagnose and treat, best wishes

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My daughter is a six year old with autism, who is having crying spells everyday lately, is this normal?

No!: Please get your child to see a specialist in autistic disorders right away. These kids are quite special and have an extremely unique way of learning. Music, the arts have been quite helpful in contributing in easing frustration in these very special kids. Please don't delay, sooner the better.

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At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes ... I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes ... I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

It could be a sign : Of a problem but does not have to be. Some kids are idiopathic toe walkers. Are there any other signs of developmental delay? Try putting heel lifts in the shoes, but would recommend a neurology consult. (pediatric neurologist).

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Can an 18 year old boy with autism work a normal job?

Can an 18 year old boy with autism work a normal job?

Yes: Autism is a diagnosis with a huge range of severity from mild to very severe. Thus the the level of severity determines the capability of holding a "normal" job. The answer is yes, it can be possible.

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Is a single mutation mthfr common in children with autism? If homocysteine levels are normal, should I be concerned?,

More research needed: The mutation mthfr has been implicated in a variety of psi strip illnesses from schizophrenia to down's syndrome. Homocysteine levels san be normal in autism. At this juncture no one has been able to find the cause of autism much more research is needed.Take mthfr with a grain of salt. There is absolutely no evidence that it can cause autism.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Tantrums (Definition)

Tantrums are an uncontrolled outburst of anger or frustration. They typically in ...Read more