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Best Toys For 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Speech/Language &: Occupational Therapists also work together on feeding issues related to sensory issues in children with ASD. Issues with smell, taste, texture & color of foods can make it difficult to insure that a child with ASD eats a well-balanced diet. I endorse this book by Ernsperger & Stegen-Hanson, but I have no financial interest in it. It helps get past " love the whites, hate the greens". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No single answer: We still lack a detailed understanding of exactly what autism is, in terms of the parts of the brain affected and the causes for those effects. Researchers continue to explore lots of different leads, and genetics certainly plays an important role. Environmental causes are much more controversial but probably play a role too. It is clear there is not single cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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