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Doctor insights on: Autistic Teenage Boys Aggressive Behavior

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Does an autistic child with sudden aggressive behavior indicate it getting worse?

Does an autistic child with sudden aggressive behavior indicate it getting worse?

Not necessarily.: It could indicate the environment getting worse for the child - more stress, perhaps bullying, maybe a new problem they are struggling with. Or they are trying to tell you something that you haven't picked up on. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Aggression (Definition)

Complex, no single definition brief it is the behavior directed at an animate or intimate object resulting in damage. Be it physical, verbal, or emotional, the object always suffers damages that can be as severe as death or total incapacity. Predatory, sex-related or inter-male aggression are examples observed and induced by need for sustenance, competing for ...Read more


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My son is on risperidone for autism and aggressive behavior but his aggression has got significantly worse with each dose increase. Should that happen?

My son is on risperidone for autism and aggressive behavior but his aggression has got significantly worse with each dose increase. Should that happen?

While risperidone: Decreases aggression in many individuals with autism, it can aggravate & increase aggression in some which is considered intolerable. Work with your prescriber to determine if the aggression you now see is from autism & circumstances happening in your son's life or an actual side effect to the risperdione. Keeping a daily log of behavior & situations can assist you & prescriber. Best wishes to you. ...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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Doctors recommendations for medication to treat explosive aggression in autistic adults?

Doctors recommendations for medication to treat explosive aggression in autistic adults?

Antipsychotics.: Antipsychotics such as Risperdal amongst others is very effective against the aggressive and violent behavior, . ...Read more

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What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied: Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...Read more

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4 yr old dx with autism proper therapy continues to have behavior issues doesn't know right from wrong and is aggressive improving but not convinced?

4 yr old dx with autism proper therapy continues to have behavior issues doesn't know right from wrong and is aggressive improving but not convinced?

Assessed: Have him assessed by a psychologist specializing in autism and other behaviour issues. Behaviour management and medication will be his and your friends. All the best. ...Read more

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How can applied behavioral analysis therapy help an autistic child?

How can applied behavioral analysis therapy help an autistic child?

AUTISM: Treatment for an autistic child had improved a lot since there was emphasis on autism. They can live and function a normal life with various therapy available. ...Read more

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I am autistic and can you tell me if sugar can affect autism behavior?

It can: Sugar is often addictive and can affect behavior in general. Autistic individuals are often more sensitive to the effects of many foods including sugar, as they tend to be more sensitive to many things. ...Read more

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What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in children with autism?

What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in children with autism?

Redirection: As with most kids, trying to change what is happening at the moment by directing the child to do something different. We too often yell at kids for bad behavior, so pick your battles and save the important reprimands for major stuff. Most of the other behaviors should attempted to be changed by reinforcement of new projects or challenges. ...Read more

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How to manage crying behavior. My 3 n half yr old autistic son cries a lot. What therapies shud I work on at home.

Someone to help: Is called a applied behavior analyst (ABA). They frequently help children with autism and their parents. Some US states offer this as a service. Take care ...Read more

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Is applied behavioral analysis therapy effective for autism?

Is applied behavioral analysis therapy effective for autism?

Sometimes: Aba is one behavioral therapy shown to be effective in helping with asd. There are newer, more developmentally based therapies also showing promise, such as play project (floortime), son rise and rdi - relationship development intervention. The key factor as a parent is to research the various approaches and determine which seems to best fit your child. And don't be afraid to change, if needed. ...Read more

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Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Run the gamut: Autism spectrum disorders run the gamut from from retardation in classic autism to normal intelligence with poor social interaction. ...Read more

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I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

Meds can help...: ..A lot! autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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Is there a diet for autistic adults with violent behavior problems which will help them feel more at ease? He is only 18 and goes through very dramatic ups and downs, we think it might be hormones.

Is there a diet for autistic adults with violent behavior problems which will help them feel more at ease? He is only 18 and goes through very dramatic ups and downs, we think it might be hormones.

Maybe: I know of a book called: special diets for special kids by lewis which may have some suggestions. In general though, the person to whom you are referring may benefit much more by seeing a board certified child psychiatrist. It may be hormones like you say, and that can be addressed as well. Here is a dvd about behavior problems: http://www. Amazon. Com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_16? Url=search-alias%3daps&fi. ...Read more

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How to help autistic people learn appropriate behavior?

How to help autistic people learn appropriate behavior?

Multi-dimensional Rx: Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if autism behaviors become worse with age?

Wanted to know if autism behaviors become worse with age?

Varies by person: I have seen kids go both ways. There are some autistic kids who by their early teens are able to be assimilated into regular classrooms becomes they have made so much progress with therapy. I've also seen kids become increasingly aggressive and problematic as they hit puberty. Research shows that early intervention and social and language therapy are key to improved behavior and general health. ...Read more

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How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

Each child is unique: 12 diagnostic features are divided, 4 in each of 3 categories: social; communication; stereotypical behavior. Diagnosis requires 2 from social and at least 1 from @ of the others, but a total of at least 6. Therefore, a lot of individual variability exists. Each feature of the 12 occurs often but not necessarily a majority of the time and no one appears definitely all the time. ...Read more

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What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in autistic children?

What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in autistic children?

No one simple answer: Due to the extremes in variability in ability to communicate in this multifaceted disorder, there is no one correct way to achieve the teaching you desire to correct bad behavior. Even the premise "bad behavior" is often in the eye of the beholder. Generally one must use the most effective communication form and direct the child away from the undesirable action. There can be many strategies. ...Read more

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Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Requires expertise: Autism can present in many forms, and other disorders can have elements that can be mistaken for it. Age also is important: 2 or 3 yo children present much differently than older ones or adolescents. No behaviors associated with autism occur only with autism. Experts look at the total picture, both how development is going and what impairments are present. So, far no biological tests. ...Read more

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How can a person handle living with an autistic person once they are an adult with dramatic childish behavior?

How can a person handle living with an autistic person once they are an adult with dramatic childish behavior?

Discipline him at: His developmental level, not as an adult. Tell him what you want him to do, not what you don't want. He should qualify for SSI & medicaid, especially if he also has intellectual disability. If you have legal guardianship, call your state's mental health/developmental services division for behavioral & social services. Call your state's disability agency (voc rehab) for employment opportunities. ...Read more

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Can the amount of sugar intake affect the behavior of a child with autism?

Can the amount of sugar intake affect the behavior of a child with autism?

Controversial: The effects of sugar and other foods or additives in chidlren with autism or adhd are highly controversial. Best reserach suggests that, especially with chidlren under age 5 or 6 years, if may have an effect. One problem is that sugar rarely is the only variable--context (party, after school, etc.) may have a big impact. Check for yourself; if it helps, restricting it may be worth the effort. ...Read more

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When you put a child with speech delay age 3 in a class of autistic children can they pick up their behaviors?

When you put a child with speech delay age 3 in a class of autistic children can they pick up their behaviors?

Possibly, however,: Speech = articulation, the motor aspect of language. A child with receptive & expressive language delay" has impaired ability in comprehending language & in verbalizing ideas. Language is best learned from birth-5. Autism pre-k has 6 hrs. Of intensive instruction. Developmental delay pre-k has 2 1/2 hrs. Of instruction for children with various needs. Try the higher level of service first. ...Read more

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How do you deal with a severely autistic child's behavior when he becomes violent?

How do you deal with a severely autistic child's behavior when he becomes violent?

Medication: Medication can be helpful to take the edges off of violent outbursts, and some success has been found with vests that give the sensation of a hug to select patients. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have OCD or autism spectrum repetitive behavior please help me?

OCD vs ASD: You should consult your doctor for a referral to mental health professionals for evaluation. There are many approaches to managing the symptoms of both, non medication approaches including cognitive behavioral training as well as medications. ...Read more

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How do you explain to people that my autistic bipolar 5year old daughter will kill small animals when upset or having a behavior.?

It's difficult: I have treated many very disruptive children over the years and it can be extremely trying and frustrating for parents to know how to handle each instance. I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I am also sorry to say she must be kept away from small animals and small animals must be kept away from her. Sadly, there is just no way to explain this particular behavior of your daughter's to others. ...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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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really used to treat autism or behavior disorders?

Yes but Wrong: Altho in use in different places, as often the case with these things, there is no evidence of any effectiveness of this therapy. And the dangers....Beware. ...Read more

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Can autism not be recognized until teenage years?

Can autism not be recognized until teenage years?

Unlikely: Most likely it would have been diagnosed at an early age due to having significant social interaction issues. It may have been misdiagnosed in the earlier years as another diagnosis, but autism does not appear suddenly in the teenage years. ...Read more

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


Dr. James Dukelow
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Lose Temper (Definition)

Losing your temper is a symptom in which a person has too much anger, gets angry too quickly, gets angry too easily, or is angry for too long, when compared to the average normal person who experiences a similar situation. Anger is a strong feeling ...Read more