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Is autistic child able to grow into math genius?

Is autistic child able to grow into math genius?

Yes: If the teachers have a structured curiculum with the ability to be firm. Many austistic kids are "visual" learnerss. Avoiding long verbal instructions is diffucult. Reading with phonics. Autism is not an intellectual deficit-in fact nonverbal intelligence can be quite high. ...Read more

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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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Fear of losing control over man-child as he gets independent in college?

Fear of losing control over man-child as he gets independent in college?

Give it up willingly: "your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you." gibran khalil gibran. If the process is very difficult, do not hesitate to seek therapy; what's better than to have someone intently focused on helping you feel better about stuff?! :))). ...Read more

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Can divorced parents spark fear of abandonment in a 10 year old?

Of course: It depends on custody and how much true love is provided. Parents should be unanimous in how this is achieved. ...Read more

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My autistic bipolar 5 year old daughter keeps having behaviors were she tries to kill animals with no feelings of saddness us that a normal behavior?

My autistic bipolar 5 year old daughter keeps having behaviors were she tries to kill animals with no feelings of saddness us that a normal behavior?

It's not good: What you described has been considered by some experts as an indicator for more severe problems later on in life. Cruelty to animals is not that uncommon, and there are professionals out there who know what to do about it. Animals must be kept away from your daughter at all times. Also, a system should be in place ahead of time to deal with such behaviors. I am sorry that your daughter has this. ...Read more

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My child has a speech disorder, her school wants her in special olympics. Is that appropriate?

My child has a speech disorder, her school wants her in special olympics. Is that appropriate?

Hard to say.: How old is your child? Does she have any other developmental delays? Is her speech problem limiting her communication and ability to interact with other children? And, most important, does she wish to do Special Olympics? It can be a good way for her to meet other kids and compete in her own way, feeling accepted by others. Talk with her teacher or counselor for more info. ...Read more

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In Canada is youth child (14 years old.) aloud to get vaccinated without his her permission?

In Canada is youth child (14 years old.) aloud to get vaccinated without his her permission?

!4 year old--Minor: Legally, a 14 year old need not be asked permission for vaccination. Of course, information, explanation and warning should be given to them. The parent can make this decision. Emancipated minors' definition in US may be different in Canada. Not familiar with that. Please check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...Read more

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Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

It is hard to say ..: You did not provide enough clinical information. Does this happen in all environments or does he save these behaviors for you specifically. Does he exhibit periods of time where he is engaged in activities with other children: does he understand the language you use with him, does he have a range of emotions: happy, sad, etc. You should discuss these questions with your Pediatric Specialist- KB ...Read more

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My child smells everything in sight. Is she autistic?

My child smells everything in sight. Is she autistic?

How old is she?: Some small children do like to smell things yet are completely normal. Since you're very concerned, please talk with your daughter's pediatrician about this behavior. Autism can include some unusual behaviors, but far more than this is needed for the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do undiagnosed bipolar parents lead to severely depressed offspring(from all the unreined in verbal abuse while growing up)?

Do undiagnosed bipolar parents lead to severely depressed offspring(from all the unreined in verbal abuse while growing up)?

Living in an abusive: Home as a child impacts on the emotional health of any child. Since children are unable to get out of their home without help from adults, they are traumatized by abusive parents. If you are concerned that a child is being abuse, you can report it to child protective agencies anonymously and it will be investigated. ...Read more

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Is it child abuse if parents of those olympic champs have power over their money from cereal commercials?

Is it child abuse if parents of those olympic champs have power over their money from cereal commercials?

Parents have a duty: ...To oversee their children's finances. If they mess it up, that's neglect; if they cause harm to their children to increase their earnings, that's abuse. ...Read more

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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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Daughter age 5. Speech and language say she has understanding, vocabulary, processing, poor concentration and her language is disordered what is wrong?

Daughter  age 5. Speech and language say she has understanding, vocabulary, processing, poor concentration and her language is disordered what is wrong?

Hard to say: This is a complex issue that cannot be addressed without a complete evaluation of the child.Physical exam, testing and the input of speech and language pathologists are needed.Even then, the problem may be defined but the origin may remain elusive.Some kids have this as part of another set of developmental problems while others are otherwise normal.Look for answers with a developmental specialist. ...Read more

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Should a schizophrenic have custody of their child?

Should a schizophrenic have custody of their child?

It depends: There are varying degrees of impairment with the diagnosis (DX) of sz, and in and of itself the DX is not reason enough for a parent to lose custody of a child. It is only if the symptoms related to the diagnosis impair the parent's ability to adequately care of the child that custody may be called into question. ...Read more

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My daughter is 6 has learning difficulties across board,developmental delay in all areas and in toileting ,language , short attention any ideas ?

My daughter is 6 has learning difficulties across board,developmental delay in all areas and in toileting ,language , short attention any ideas ?

Child testing: First it would be good to get psychometrics done via psychologist who can to testing batteries to take stock of where your daughter is at developmentally by the numbers. That documentation will be invaluable as you navigate school and add on providers and services, including social security based disability funding. Pediatric referral for the above is good to start with. take care. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

Tough question: It could be a combination of both the underlying mental condition and possible hormonal involvement. Have a childhood behavioral specialist examine him and help you out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can we help our child overcome jealousy of our newborn a month out?

How can we help our child overcome jealousy of our newborn a month out?

Newborn/sib.jealousy: It is natural for your older child top feel jealous, but you can help him/her by making sure he/she knows you do not love him/her any less. Try making him/her take part in helping with newborn's care to the extent he/she can do it e.G fetching diaper bag or help pick out clothers for the baby after bathing. Make sure you do not encourage feeding any solids but holding a baby bottle is ok. ...Read more