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What causes temper tantrums in kids?

What causes temper tantrums in kids?

See below: Temper tantrums are an immature response to anger and frustration. Children may respond this way when they have limits placed on a particular behavior. ...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 eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied : Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...Read more

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Aspergers symptoms? Son tested dyslexia at scottish rite waiting results. Looking up things asper came up. He possibility stimms rigid thinking, sound

Aspergers symptoms? Son tested dyslexia at scottish rite waiting results. Looking up things asper came up. He possibility stimms rigid thinking, sound

Needs evaluation: What kind of testing? If it was a thorough neurodevelopmental evaluation, they should come up with an accurate diagnosis(es). Many conditions share common symptomotology. Your child's school should have good input as well with regards to socialization and appropriateness of interactive behavior. Be patient and wait for results. Have a neurodevelopmental pediatrician go over the results with you. ...Read more

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Toddler keeps throwing up after eating but doesn't act sick?

Toddler keeps throwing up after eating but doesn't act sick?

Vomiting: Your child may have a cyclical vomiting syndrome the cause of which is unknown. Some people suspect that it may be a form of migraine. Treatment is usually with anti vomiting drugs. ...Read more

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3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

Start by giving her: pediatrician a list of specific behaviors, e.g., screaming, hitting, biting, lining up toys, insistence. on routine, + onset, duration, immediate precipitants & consequences for each behavior to guide referral to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to assess for Autistic Spectrum Disorder or child psychiatrist for mental illness vs. ASD. Also get a (neuro)psychological evaluation & therapy. ...Read more

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Why do kids with autism like to count things?

Why do kids with autism like to count things?

Autism: Part of autism as a disorder includes a preoccupation with repetitive activities, such as repeating the same words, phrases, and actions, e.g., counting. Any deviation from this routine can be very bothersome to the person. ...Read more

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What's wrong with me mentally? Impulsive behavior that causes harm to myself with accidents?

What's wrong with me mentally? Impulsive behavior that causes harm to myself with accidents?

Find a therapist: There are lots of reasons you might be having this pattern of behavior. Without know how old you are, if these are new behaviors or longstanding ones, and what else is involved, e.g., alcohol or drugs, no one can give a firm answer. It obviously bothers you--and should--so ask your primary care doctor for a referral to a therapist to explore what is going on. ...Read more

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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read more

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Smart (top of class) but easily confused by social interactions. Have trouble articulating myself. Get obsessed about things. Disorder? HFA?

Smart (top of class) but easily confused by social interactions. Have trouble articulating myself. Get obsessed about things. Disorder? HFA?

Couldn't say: until I met you; then.. would be pretty easy. Possibilities include: 1) normal and shy and adolescent 2) normal and anxiety 3) Asberger's syndrome; but... very unusual for someone with it to notice it... so.... a bit unlikely 4) beginning into Schizophrenia (also, very unusual to notice it and would have MANY more symptoms) 5) cultural problems. If newly introduced to a new culture.. happens. ...Read more

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14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch: These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? ...Read more

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Do autistic kids get other mental problems?

Do autistic kids get other mental problems?

Possible,not certain: It is possible but not certain. Often high functioning children with autism are aware that they are socially awkward, but don't know what to do about it. They also really want friends, but may have none because of their social problems. So they may develop anxiety/depressive disorders. Therapy/social skills groups can help as well as purposefully finding environments in which the child can thrive. ...Read more

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Aspergers signs? Son 7 was tested for dyslexia at scottish rite and research has lead me to aspergers. Repetative behaviors, rigid thinking, few frien

Aspergers signs? Son 7 was tested for dyslexia at scottish rite and research has lead me to aspergers. Repetative behaviors, rigid thinking, few frien

To find out if it is: You & his teacher can fill out the australian scale for aspergers in children for your pediatrician ( see tony attwood & o.A.S.I.S.Org, ) but it's not specific for asperger's. He needs evaluations by a neuropsychologist, developmental/behavioral pediatrician, et al in a specialty clinic to diagnose an autistic disorder. They'll need all reports from doctors, schools, slt & extensive history. ...Read more

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When are the new autism criteria coming out? Do autistic kids have to be re-diagnosed?

When are the new autism criteria coming out? Do autistic kids have to be re-diagnosed?

May 2013: The new DSM5 came out in May 2013 . No your child does not have to be re diagnosed. Continue with his therapies, pediatrician and or developmental pediatrician's visits and or psychologist/psychiatrist care. ...Read more

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What causes temper tantrums in tweens?

What causes temper tantrums in tweens?

Unmet wants: Just like toddlers, tweens will have tantrums when they do not get what they want. If tantrums work, you will see a lot of them. Usually you have a few seconds warning. Decide quickly how important the issue is. If you would give in after a tantrum, give in before it occurs. If you will not give in, let the tantrum occur and be strong. Thus, no tantrums will be rewarded. ...Read more

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Why do people keep talking about children suffering autism spectrum disorders? What about all the other kids?

Why do people keep talking about children suffering autism spectrum disorders?  What about all the other kids?

Good point: Kids with autism have "spikes" in development, leading us to feel that if we could "unlock" the child's brain, he might function independently as an adult, whereas kids with other genetic & medical neurodevelopmental disorders tend to have less dramatic splits in their cognitive abilities. Also, many genetic & epigenetic causes are known, but no single known "trigger" that precipitates symptoms. ...Read more

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Mysophobia (ocd) anxiety disorder possibly bipolar kleptomania pica epilepsy why do I have so many problems all at once?

Mysophobia (ocd) anxiety disorder possibly bipolar kleptomania pica epilepsy why do I have so many problems all at once?

Problems : Some problems are man made and can be corrected.Bipolar disorder, ocd, anxiety neurosis , epilepsy and kleptomania are controlled by medications. Pica may be a sign of anemia. These disorders are not as bad as cancer, terminal illnesses or other sicknesses that they leave you to die because cure is no longer possible.Pray and have hope. ...Read more

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4 yr old who throws major temper tantrums has multiple meltdowns everyday. Can get physical with you at times. What can/should be done? Desperate!

Talk to your doctor: First, talk with your child's doctor. She may recommend a child therapist or behavior counselor. Give your child choices where you can, but not where you can't. You can say "it's time for bed. Do you want to read a book or sing a song before you go to sleep?" don't say "do you want to go to bed"! avoid unnecessary power struggles and choose your battles. Be consistent with important rules, though. ...Read more

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What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun . . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more

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Could you think violent video games make children seem more aggressive?

Could you think violent video games make children seem more aggressive?

Yes: I consider this a good way to program your kid to be more aggressive and destructive at home and in public. I'd love to see the developers of this junk held responsible for the many lost lives across this country when kids went off after viewing this trash. ...Read more

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Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum? My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum?  My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Statistics unavailab: Palilalia can occur in both. Reports would implicate tourette's as most common, but it has been reported in autism and asperger's. Formal comparative incidence studies appear to be unavailable at this time. Perhaps one of my colleagues in research will comment further. ...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