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How to know your child is autistic?

How to know your child is autistic?

ASD: This site is an excellent reference, but having your child evaluated is the best way. http://www.firstsigns.org ...Read more

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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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How to stop an autistic adolescent cursing?

How to stop an autistic adolescent cursing?

Follow Dr. Rankin's : Advice; check for tourette syndrome & ask his behavioral therapist or school psychologist to do a functional behavioral assessment & help you devise a "token economy system" for using only nice words. Calmly explain the words that are " not okay." set a period of time to monitor his utterances, after explaining a rule; e.g., that he earns tv/computer time only by using nice words. ...Read more

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Why can't autistic people join the military?

Why can't autistic people join the military?

AGree w Dr. Fricke: "Current or history of other mental disorders (all 290–319 not listed above) that in the opinion of the civilian or military provider will interfere with, or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty, are disqualifying." See: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic.htm ...Read more

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What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

Exposing or allowing: any child access to illicit drugs, like passive smoking of marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, etc., is Child Abuse. Kids' tox screens can be + for inhalants. Laws require doctors, therapists, school nurses, teachers, etc., to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services. Most kids with ASD tolerate tiny doses of psychotropic meds, but some develop mania, psychosis, stupor, etc. ...Read more

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Why are autistic children so sensitive to stimuli?

Structure & function: of the autistic vs. neurotypical (NT) brain differ. Activation on fMRI of frontal & temporal cortex in teens with ASD vs. NT's exposed to 2 slightly noxious stimuli showed = initial sensations but over-reactivity in processing & interpretating them in those with ASD, consistent with anatomical findings of small patches of disorganized neurons in the layers of the frontal & temporal cortex in ASD ...Read more

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My niece is autistic, is this a risk for my children?

My niece is autistic, is this a risk for my children?

That depends on the : results of her Chromosonal a Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X, whether she is your sister's or brother's child & your 3-generation family medical &/or psychiatric history of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & illnesses in which the incidence of ASD is increased. It also depends on your taking .4mg. of Folic Acid daily starting 3 mos. before & having a flu vaccine 2 mos. before conception. ...Read more

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Is there any signs for being an autistic child silent?

Is there any signs for being an autistic child silent?

Pre-school aged: Children with autistic spectrum disorder who have have good pattern recognition & rote memory for learning shapes, colors, numbers & letters & talk about their narrow, repetitive areas of interest like " little professors" may go undiagnosed until social demands unmask non-compliance for following directions for non-preferred activities & lack of interactive, reciprocal pretend play with peers. ...Read more

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What is the probability of us having an autistic child?

What is the probability of us having an autistic child?

Decrease risks: Maybe the question should be how can we minimize our chances. We can not ignore environmental factors and the ammount of chemicals in our life. How is your diet? Do you find yourselves eating fast food frequently? How much toxins are you exposed to? It is probablyi mportant to "detoxiify" our bodies prior to conception, some studies strongly suggest this link, and to some medication types. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to determine if I am autistic?

See a professional : Kindly refer to my other answers on autism and aspergers syndrome. It is best if you make an appointment with a specialist in the field and i would recommend starting with a psychiatrist. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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What are the telltale signs of how autistic people behave?

Isolated & odd: Autism is defined by a triad of symptoms whose interrelationships are not well understood. 1st is a markedly diminished or absent interest in and ability to use social interactions. 2nd is language abnormalities ranging from none at all to limited, echoing with odd tonal quality. 3rd are odd behaviors from flapping to narrow, intense interest in unusual topics or objects. Starts before age 3. ...Read more

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