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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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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


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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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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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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

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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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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