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Will lead toys have link to autism?

Not likely : Unless a toy has been inappropriately constructed they have not for years nor should they now have lead in them. Paint should not contain lead either. This means that the risk of exposure to lead has significantly decreased for most children in this country but the incidence of autism has increased significantly. There are serious consequences of lead exposure that are neurologic but not autism. ...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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My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with toys. Is this a sign of autism?

My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with  toys. Is this a sign of autism?

Not Enough Informati: We can not tell you if his not talking much at age of 2 years and tapping his chin with toys is a sign of autism.I will suggest you get him evaluated by his pediatrician and discuss your concerns with Him/Her as the baby has to be evaluated for normal growth and development assessment to be able to answer your concern To me these two signs do not by itself suggest autistic pattern.Get him checked ...Read more

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14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch: These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for autism?

Combination: The best therapy is individualized, and usually includes speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral therapy, often with an instructor in "applied behavioral analysis." while there's no quick-fix, good therapy is very effective in mild-to-moderate autism. ...Read more

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What are the best natural treatments for autism?

What are the best natural treatments for autism?

See below:: Intervention involves behavioral treatments, medicines or both. Many persons with autism have additional medical conditions such as sleep disturbance, seizures and gastrointestinal (GI) distress. Addressing these conditions can improve attention, learning and related behaviors. Natural treatments have not been found to significantly/substantially improve autism. ...Read more

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What is the current best explanation for autism?

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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What is the best current explanation for autism's causes?

What is the best current explanation for autism's causes?

Some new ideas: There are some interesting findings that emerged initially when studying families with more than one affected autistic child. Chromosome micro array tests have shown minor, significant distortions of genetic info carried in the chms of these kids. The same defects have been seen in other autistic kids but not always the same locations. This would suggest events prior to or at conception/not latr. ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my 2 year old has autism?

Observation : Because there are no blood tests to test for autism, we rely on behavioral observations. For parents here are a few questions: does your child make eye contact? Will they imitate you? Do they respond to their names? Do they play with a wide variety of toys? Does your child point to show you things? If you answer no to 2 or 3 of these, see your pediatrician and share your concerns. Best! ...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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Toys (Definition)

Toys is a topic that includes recommendations for choices of toys, and for avoiding choking or injuries when playing with toys. A toy is any object created for a person to play ...Read more