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Autistic Children And Mentally Ill Parents
Do you know of any types of parents (race, nationality, medical history, diet, etc.) who never or almost never have autistic children?
No: Studies have shown that autism cuts across race, socio-econimc status, nationality, and most other measures. Several large-scale studies are underway to look are specifics of maternal behaviors such as diet and exposures during pregnancy, but no results yet. There is a clear genetic contribution, so those with a history of having had an autistic child are at increased risk. ...Read more
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
TOO many: Sadly autism is complicated, not terribly well understood yet-though quite a bit better. And there are too many false hopes that go viral. Please have a thorough, comfortable discussion with a physician that struggles with helping in what can be a pernicious malady for not only the child, but the immediate and even extended family. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Did you hear about autism parents flocking to colorado for cannibis oil to treat their children having seziures?
Although studies on : efficacy & safety have barely begun, parents of children with intractable epilepsy, with or without Autism, have purchased CBD oil in Colorado. Since medical marijuana is now legal in Nevada, affected families don't have to leave home. My hometown has always promoted cohort situational behaviors in visitors, leaving the visitors feeling slightly naughty & happy & us with no state income tax. ...Read more
Oppurtunity to help: I generally ask some of the screening questions. When they agree to these I let them know that I think we have found an opportunity to help. I point out first that starting help soon we give the child a better chance of learning to be social and to do great in relationships and/or school... I refer them and suggest school help. If disbelief I show criteria met by their admission. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends : High functioning individuals may still struggle with the skills needed to completely live independently and require additional help. If they do not live in an area that has services for adults this role may completely fall to the parents. If they are fortunate there may be supervised adult housing and vocational training that will lead to increased independence. ...Read more
In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the possible ways a child can become autistic when it doesn't run in either parents family ?
Cause undetermined: The cause of autism has not been definitely defined. While it does tend to run in families, many autistic children are born to families without a history of autism. While there may be a delay in presentation, the cause is determined during fetal life and possibly affected by environmental factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi can anyone please tell me what happens at feedback appointment /outcome with autism intervention team for child , parent appointment only thankyou ?
Parents become not : only integral members of the intervention team, they inform the team of family priorities, strengths & needs. The professionals explain the child's measured cognitive, adaptive & motor levels & the measured degree of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Then, the entire team creates an individualized treatment plan with outcome measures. See: https://www.autismspeaks.org/site-wide/uk ...Read more
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