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My son was assessed with an autism spectrum disorder by an aprn, what are the next steps?

My son was assessed with an autism spectrum disorder by an aprn, what are the next steps?

Seek assessment: You are off to a good start. Seek confirmation from a developmental pediatrician, child psychiatrist and/or child psychologist. ...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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What are some good things i can do to help my autistic brother calm down?

What are some good things i can do to help my autistic brother calm down?

Calming autism: Ideas: - quiet environment. - music in the background (some would argue for mozart or baroque adagios) - letting him play with/focus on things that are idiosyncratically appealing to him. - decreasing stimuli also, there are well-described, peer-reviewed biomedical interventions that can be tried. Among other things at cwi, we focus on increasing antioxidants, glutathione, and fish oil. ...Read more

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My 3 year old autistic son is suddenly afraid of going upstairs. What do I do to help him overcome this, and how do I find out what caused it?

My 3 year old autistic son is suddenly afraid of going upstairs. What do I do to help him overcome this, and how do I find out what caused it?

FEARS: It is common for a young child to have fears and imaginations. Perhaps he has a bad deam that you are not aware of. There's a lot of assurance and care for him to tell you later. Meanwhile, make him comfortable that you are always by his side to help him. ...Read more

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Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Many: Teachers, speech , physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more

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What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun . . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more

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I want to vaccinate our baby but I am so scared of causing autism. Alternative schedules? Any suggestions?

I want to vaccinate our baby but I am so scared of causing autism. Alternative schedules? Any suggestions?

Confusion understood: Over the past 3 decades the vaccine haters have claimed they cause crib death, cerebral palsy & now autism. Research suggesting autism with vaccines was found to be fraud & the doctors lost their licenses. We know the present protocol for vaccine use is safe & effective & doesn't cause autism. Alternate schedules have no benefit to baby & increase the pain days of infancy. Discuss with ur dr. ...Read more

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Is there any new research on autism and Down syndrome?

Clinical research : reveals that 10-19% of people with Down Syndrome also have Autistic Spectrum Disorder, often manifesting as regression in language & behavioral regression between 3-7 years. See sfari.org/news-and-opinion/in-brief/2014/clinical-research-down-syndrome-autism-often-coexist. Contact Dr. George T. Capone at Kennedy-Krieger Institute in Baltimore, ian@kennedykrieger.org, to participate in studies. ...Read more

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What is a good book to understand Down syndrome and autism?

What is a good book to understand Down syndrome and autism?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder can present as regression in language & behavior as late as school age in kids with DS & mild-moderate Intellectual Disability (ID). Hearing loss is also common in DS. Try "When Down Syndrome & Autism Intersect", edited by Margaret Froehlke, R.N. & Robin Zaborek & "Dual Diagnosis of DS & Autism" by George T. Capone, M.D., adapted from Disability Solutions, vol.3, issues 5 & 6. ...Read more

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What can be done to make kids with Down syndrome and autism happy?

By letting them be: If kids get only frustrated by confronting them constantly with ther limitations, they can never just be happy. A common mistake parents make is to try to operate constantly in educating and training them without allowing them any time to just be kids, on that, they are just like any other kid. And, believe me, free play time, non-directed, helps a lot brain development naturally. ...Read more