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Best way for a severe autistic adult to be checked up. Since diagnosed he was never seen by a doctor. He has dental & sleeping problems and scoliosis.

Unrelated conditions: Dental & scoliosis can be the cause of sleeping problem not necessarily related or caused by autism needs checkup and treatment by these specialties in addition to dealing with autism. ...Read more

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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


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What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

It's common: While i don't have a specific percentage, it's pretty common, and most of the kids i see have a sleep disorder of some sort. Sometimes it's difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, winding down, or having a correct day/night cycle. There are medications that can help, but consult with your pediatrician and / or a sleep expert to get a specific regimen. ...Read more

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Are there any type of over-the-counter remedies for getting an autistic child to go to sleep at night?

Are there any type of over-the-counter remedies for getting an autistic child to go to sleep at night?

Melatonin: Melatonin is the first otc that comes to mind. Typically 3mg. There are forms of melatonin in an oral spray available online if the child can't do pills. I have also had parents report that an epsomsalt bath to soak in help them sleep. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

Autism: His sleep problem may be due to difficulty unwinding from agitation or from recurrent fears at night. A good bedtime routine, sleep hygiene can help him, find out what soothes him. Physical daytime activities that get him tired at night may help. Work with a child psychiatrist, medications can help with low functioning autism. ...Read more

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My son is autistic and he gets hiccups in his sleep they don't wake home up but last about 20 min why?

My son is autistic and he gets hiccups in his sleep they don't wake home up but last about 20 min why?

Sleep apnea?: There is nothing I've heard regarding a connection w/ autism, but hiccups during sleep have been related to the breathing pattern that can occur in sleep apnea. Hiccups are caused by involuntary movements of the diaphragm which might be set off by the disturbed breath rhythms. Perhaps his pediatrician can evaluate this and either treat him for it or refer to a sleep specialist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My son is 2 years old & has sleep problems. He has severe anxiety & may be autistic. He won't nap & often will be up 12+ hours. Can we try Melatonin?

My son is 2 years old & has sleep problems. He has severe anxiety & may be autistic. He won't nap & often will be up 12+ hours. Can we try Melatonin?

Best to see good Dr.: This is complex so I advise seeing an integrative MD- see http://tinyurl.com/znoel89 It's safe to try melatonin but I recommend a tiny dose of 0.25-0.5 mg. Magnesium (ideally glycinate or taurate) 200 mg/day may help calm him; also a good B-complex with the L-5-MTHF form of folate (folic acid). Tulsi tea and L-Thenanine may help. You might also try to find a good homeopath- see http://tinyurl.com/lw2suls ...Read more

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4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?

4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?

Mgt, workup: The severe laryngomalacia can cause and contribute to sleep apnea and aspiration. I would suggest an evaluation by ENT and a sleep study to evaluate the need for CPAP. Speech and development can help with coordination/swallowing mechanisms. A virtual appointment: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Which tested treatment for autistic children is the best?

Which tested treatment for autistic children is the best?

Depends: Both age and behaviors may dictate what testing in necessary. Not all kids with developmental and social problems are autistic and not all autistic spectrum disorders need hours and hours of testing to clinch the diagnosis. Assuming you're talking about a child, start with a pediatrician with expertise in behavioral disorders and follow her/his advice. ...Read more

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What is the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Depends on child : There is no general answer to this question. Occupational therapists experience with autism are your best resource. ...Read more

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Which are considered the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Which are considered the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Keepon toy: Keepon is an autism research toy developed in japan designed to interact with children with both attention and emotion. More information is available here: http://beatbots.Net/research/ they have a high end robot toy for autism research but they also sell a cheaper toy version of the keepon. ...Read more

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Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Most definitely : Spend a day with one. It has been estimated that the stress of raising an autistic child is equal to that of a tour of duty in iraq or afganistan. ...Read more

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What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Sensory Rooms: "A sensory room is a place where children can use multi-sensory experiences to explore, to calm themselves, and to practice important social skills. There are many types of sensory rooms. Some multi-sensory rooms have bright lights, loud sounds, popping colors and fragrances. These rooms are designed to encourage language skills and emotions." ...Read more

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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors : Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks.post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...Read more

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What is the current best explanation for autism?

Not Known: Obviously there is a malfunction of the brain. But exactly what or why is unknown. Which is why there is no medicinal cure. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help someone with autism?

Individualize treat-: ments for the person's cognitive ability (developmental age in infants & young children), level of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), physical abilities, comorbid medical & psychiatric disorders & underlying cause of ASD, if known. Behavioral & educational techniques employed during intensive, repetitive, long-term therapies must be used consistently in the home & community settings. It's not easy! ...Read more

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Can autistic children often wander off by themselves?

Not uncommon : Many children with autism, especially when younger and with fewer communication and social skills, are at risk for elopement. There may not experience a sense of danger at leaving or recognize the need to notify others of desire. For some it is such a problem that they need to keep some type of tracking device on. Luckily this will become less an issue for most as they are older. Aba can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more