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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 brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...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
If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?
No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis. It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities. Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings. If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...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
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
How can I help my high functioning autistic sister. She is a 14 year old that isn't very social and my parents don't know how to help her.
Refer to: : Suggest to your parents to ask her pediatrician about referring her to a social skills group or to a therapist who specializes in kids with high-functioning autism or aspergers disorder.. As this diagnosis has become more recognized, more therapists and groups are available. Her school counselor could even help with this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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