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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


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10yo, nonverbal, autism. Child has hives, begun on legs/head, flare intermitt. What poss cause? Nonewsoap

10yo, nonverbal, autism. Child has hives, begun on legs/head, flare intermitt. What poss cause? Nonewsoap

Food, drug or virus: Acute hives are hives lasting less than 6 weeks. Major causes are food allergies, drug allergies & reactions, & viral infections. Streptococcal tonsillitis causes about 10% of acute hives. Dr. Pizzo covered foods. Common medications causing hives: antibiotics & anti-inflammatory agents like Aspirin & ibuprofen. If no fever present try a daily antihistamine. Fexofenadine has no behavioral effects. ...Read more

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My autistic son covers his ears when he gets overstimulated. How can I help him cope better?

My autistic son covers his ears when he gets overstimulated. How can I help him cope better?

Systematic Desensiti: Systematic desensitization.

From an early age start to expose him to sounds in playful situations. Bring him closer to the offending sounds gradually (from a distance, from a closed door to the same room etc.) also reward him and reassure him for tolerating target sounds.

Try to avoid any of the headphones, calming music, or other techniques that will increase his isolation from the real world. ...Read more

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Why does my autistic son cover his ears? It has nothing to do with loud sounds. He usually does it while watching tv even if the sound is low.

Why does my autistic son cover his ears? It has nothing to do with loud sounds. He usually does it while watching tv even if the sound is low.

See below: People with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism can engage in repetitive, stereotyped behaviors that don't appear to be related to their external world (eg sound level). These behaviors can be relatively complex such as covering one's ears. This may represent an inflexible routine associated with sitting in front of the television. Consider reviewing further with a doctor. ...Read more

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When my autistic son gets overly excited he constantly covers his ears, it has nothing to do with loud noises. How can I get him to overcome this?

When my autistic son gets overly excited he constantly covers his ears, it has nothing to do with loud noises. How can I get him to overcome this?

Stimming and safe: This might be stimming or self stimulation behavior. It is safe and does not need special training to remove. A wonderful resource is the thinking person's guide to autism http://www. Thinkingautismguide. Com/ this website has great information about autistic children and adults as well as support for care givers. ...Read more

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Could my 2 year olds ear problems cause autism like symptoms?

Could my 2 year olds ear problems cause autism like symptoms?

Fluctuating hearing: Loss from chronic middle ear effusion does not impact a child's intent to communicate socially, nor to engage in reciprocal social interaction or pretend play. See the m-chat on firstsigns. Org. A 12-month-old should point for desired objects; a 14-16 month-old should point to share interest & look at items to which parents point. Joint attention (shared interest) precedes social communication. ...Read more

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My son of 4 was born classically autistic. My daughter was born two days ago with small ear and no opening for the ear canal. Healthy lifestyle - why?

My son of 4 was born classically autistic. My daughter was born two days ago with small ear and no opening for the ear canal. Healthy lifestyle - why?

Microtia & Autism: Are not genetically related. Microtia can be familial or part of a branchial arch cleft syndrome, like goldenhaar. Her pede can order a comparative genomic hybridization blood test & refer her to a craniofacial clinic, where she'll see many specialists, including a geneticist. Standard genetic tests for all children with autism &/or intellectual disability are cgh + a dna probe for fragile x. ...Read more

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My 2 years old daugther showing some signs of having autism. She spins in curcles; sometimes pluginnig her ears; do unusual gestures with her arms; has delay at speach;prettending that she is counting and putting in order her markers or spoons and forks;d

My 2 years old daugther showing some signs of having autism. She spins in curcles; sometimes pluginnig her ears; do unusual gestures with her arms; has delay at speach;prettending that she is counting and putting in order her markers or spoons and forks;d

The American Academy: Of pediatrics recommends developmental surveillance with standardized screening tests at every well-child check + autism-specific screening at 18 & 24 mos. If not done, fill out the screening tests on firstsigns. Org; take her & the results to her doctor. Call your state's early intervention program for assessment & therapy for language delay or autism to promote optimal development. Good luck! ...Read more

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Help please! Is ear infection responsible of the delay of talking and showing some autistic symptoms?

Help please! Is ear infection responsible of the delay of talking and showing some autistic symptoms?

Possibly: Ear infections in a child can alter hearing resulting in delay language development resulting in delayed understanding and speaking. ...Read more

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Can chronic ear infections be the cause of seizures that started on sept. 2012 and once each month every time w ear infection? - 3 y.O. Son with autism

Can chronic ear infections be the cause of seizures that started on sept. 2012 and once each month every time w ear infection? - 3 y.O. Son with autism

Not Directly...: The answer is more complicated though...A child with developmental or neurologic problems often has a higher risk of having epilepsy. Ilness/infection/fever lower the threshold for triggering a seizure in someone with a seizure disorder. This would seem to need evaluation by a pediatric neurologist as well as an ent. ...Read more

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2.5 yr boy says 7 words. Has said 100.Rec. Lang. Is fine. History fam speech delay. Had glue ear. Autism r/o. Genetic test fine. Therapy didn't help. Worry?

2.5 yr boy says 7 words. Has said 100.Rec. Lang. Is fine. History fam speech delay. Had glue ear. Autism r/o. Genetic test fine. Therapy didn't help. Worry?

Hearing?: Glue ear is generally diagnosed at surgery for tubes. Did he have tubes placed? Has he had a hearing test? I would ensure hearing is normal before focusing on the speech delay. If that is okay I would be sure to get another opinion of a pediatric speech therapist and potentially a pediatric ENT doctor. Also make sure his siblings aren't "talking for him". ...Read more

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What makes my son keep fluid and pressure in his ears? He is 9 years old and autistic. He has had 2 sets of tubes in his ears and the last ones have been out around a month and has already had 2 ear infections. The first time it actually wasn't infected

What makes my son keep fluid and pressure in his ears? He is 9 years old and autistic. He has had 2 sets of tubes in his ears and the last ones have been out around a month and has already had 2 ear infections. The first time it actually wasn't infected

Chronic: Chronic ear fluid is a common problem for a lot of kids and some adults. It is due to eustachian tube dysfunction (when the tube that connects the ear to the throat is not draining properly).

Since there are no medications shown to alleviate the pressure or drain the fluid from behind the ear drum, it has to be done by a surgeon with a suction and/or placement of ear tubes. There are various types of ear tubes - some less likely to fall out than others. You should talk to your child's ENT doctor about what tubes might be best for him since the last 2 sets have fallen out and he is still having eustachian tube dysfunction. Of course, some of the more permanent tubes can have more serious complications, so the pros and cons need to be weighed for each child before proceeding. His is why it is a good idea to discuss this with the ENT doctor caring for your child. ...Read more

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My 4.5 month old has started to move his head side to side like saying "no" very often. Someone told me is a sign of autism. Is this true?

Not really: Is your child doing this as a reaction to your face? Is your child doing this when you are not looking at him? This sounds like an interaction between you and your child so I do not think this is concerning. Is your child doing any other concerning behaviors? Is he fussy and irritable a lot? No eye contact or does not seem to be interested in people including you the parents? ...Read more

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Can children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

No: Unless there is an underlying case of macrocephaly from hydrocephalus the "standard" autistic child has a smiler size head to anyone else. ...Read more

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Should I stop my autistic grandson when he bangs his head on the hard wood floor?

Should I stop my autistic grandson when he bangs his head on the hard wood floor?

Yes: He may be doing it related to pain but usually is behavioral and related to experiencing some type of emotion like frustration or anger. The frustration may be from not being able to communicate his needs. In the short term you should safely protect him. This may mean holding him in your lap or lying next to him on the floor. Allow little room for movement and try deep pressure which can calm. ...Read more

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Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

See below: This is a behavioral disorder. It is possible that an autistic child shows some of this symptoms, but they are not exclusive to autism. Please talk to child psychiatrist or psychologist to investigate further. ...Read more

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My daughter is 1 and has started to throw herself back when angry I'm worried she might hurt her head I have a son with autism could she have autism?

Not uncommon/maybe: "Counter dependency" is that stage when your kid has started getting around on their own and want you nearby, but doesn't want you interfering in what they are doing. This behavior is not unusual, is seldom done without witnesses, and mostly when they are mad at you. It increases if it grabs your attention, and fades if ignored. This is not specific or predictive of autism. Any kid could be. ...Read more

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Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

A 4 months: Old should be holding his head without head lagging unless ex-premie, then need to correct age. You would be more concerned about hydrocephalus and other developmental delays rather than autism. Need to see your pediatrician for complete exam and referral to specialist if indicated. ...Read more

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Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Not likely: While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance. And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism. ...Read more

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13 month old daughter has started banging head on floor when frustrated. Should I be worried about autism? She plays peek a boo & gives kisses/interac

13 month old daughter has started banging head on floor when frustrated. Should I be worried about autism? She plays peek a boo & gives kisses/interac

I wouldn't: Head banging is one of the many amplifications of crying used to get your attention. It works well with some and self perpetuates. If you monitor the fit with peripheral vision and wait until it stops before looking directly at or interacting with the kid, it will often stop. This is common in preverbal toddlers. Reward the kid with more attention after they stop a fit than during to end this. ...Read more

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5 year old son, suddenly fever this evening. He has a very sore head & tummy, he is autistic so doesn't answer honestly. No vomit or vomit?

5 year old son, suddenly fever this evening. He has a very sore head & tummy, he is autistic so doesn't answer honestly. No vomit or vomit?

Call Pediatrician: I would consider calling your child's pediatrician, just to be on the safe side and especially if the fever persists. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I know if my child is autistic?

How can I know if my child is autistic?

Evaluation: Please talk with your pediatrician and discuss it with him/her and whether or not an evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to raise an autistic child?

How difficult is it to raise an autistic child?

Varies - Support Key: Severly autistic children can introduce high levels of stress into a home. It is extremely important that parents or other responsible adults seek out avenues of support and help in the community. Stress tends to increase in situations of isolation, so get whatever support you can to help in the situation. ...Read more

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Is it usual for an autistic child not to eat much?

Is it usual for an autistic child not to eat much?

Is he growing?: Kids with autism, frequently have trouble accepting different textures and flavors. As long as his rate of growth is normal, and he eats a variety of foods, stick with what he likes and little by little you can try adding new foods. ...Read more

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How do I reduce the chances of having an autistic child?

How do I reduce the chances of having an autistic child?

No clear answer: We still do not know the myriad causes of autism, so beware anyone who tells you how to ensure you don't have a child with autism. Most of the known factors that increase your risk--genetics, in utero viral exposure, complicated delivery--are outside your control. Best advice: get good prenatal care and recognized your odds still excellent that your child will not have autism. ...Read more

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What benefits can a multivitim provide to an autistic child?

What benefits can a multivitim provide to an autistic child?

Probably none.: Most chidren, autistic or not, eat an adequate diet and do not require vitamns past the infancy period. If an autistic child does not eat a variety of foods, or eats alot of non-food items, then he might benefit from a multivitamin. Vitamins are not an appropriate treatment for autism. ...Read more

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Is there a method to reduce the chances of having an autistic child?

NO: We are just learning about risk factors associated with autism spectrum disorders. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with many different factors. Important to discuss with a genetic counselor if there is any family history. Learn more about autism by reading a wonderful book, the thinking person's guide to autism. ...Read more

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What do you first notice the social differences of a autistic child?

As soon as you can: As soon as a child can be observed socializing with other kids (meaning, when first given the chance) some of the signs will be present. It depends on the awarenes, level of expectancy, and specific expertise/skills of the observer to find them. Usually kids with the condition will stay behind after the progress or their peers in these aspects. ...Read more