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Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Sek referral to the : Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Evaluation+Services+Child+Development+Unit. The Autism team is affiliated with Autism Speaks: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/autism. They will help you with all aspects of evaluation, treatment & family support services. ...Read more

Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A brain disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. ...Read more


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How would a child with ADHD and Asperger syndrome behave?

How would a child with ADHD and Asperger syndrome behave?

Adhd and aspergers: Adhd includes inattention, trouble focusing, hyperactivity, and impulse problems. Aspergers tends to be a social problem laden with anxieties. They can be comorbid. ...Read more

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Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Depends on variables: I look at it like providing a crutch to a kid with a broken leg. With it s/he can get more done/without not so much.There are side effects to any med but the dose and form can be changed to fit the kids needs.Medicated add kids have a lower risk of incarceration and eventual drug use, for reasons unknown. ...Read more

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How would an ADHD child behave with Asperger syndrome?

A technical point: adhd symptoms really should be understood to be part and parcel of aspergers. In DSM, it is incorrect to make a second diagnosis of adhd if the child is already on the autism spectrum. Unless the child is so severely adhd that limits function or puts them at risk e.g. climbing so much or running that they injure themselves multiple times per week. ...Read more

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Can a gifted child have adhd?

Can a gifted child have adhd?

Yes: Yes, there are many examples of highly talented and successful adults who have adhd--some began as "gifted" children in some areas. It is a disability that requires extra efforts, but it does not necessarily result in disappointing outcomes or unsatisfying lives over the long term. ...Read more

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Can my daughter be an elementary school teacher with adhd, anxiety, and bipolar disorder?

Can my daughter be an elementary school teacher with adhd, anxiety, and bipolar disorder?

Yes: As long as she keeps her symptoms controlled with medication and therapy. I have a number of. Such patients who are functioning we'll in that role. ...Read more

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Can a child be autistic and adhd?

Can a child be autistic and adhd?

Yes. : Yes. Though, depending on severity of autism, it can be tough to accurately diagnose adhd. ...Read more

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Is it a psychiatrist or pediatrician or psychologist who sees kids with behavior and learning disabilities?

Is it a psychiatrist or pediatrician or psychologist who sees kids with behavior and learning disabilities?

All three: Start perhaps with your pediatrician. He will then help determine what course should be taken and which is best. ...Read more

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Will the child psychiatrist, pediatrician or child psychologist visit the child's school? 

Will the child psychiatrist, pediatrician or child psychologist visit the child's school? 

Yes: It is not unusual for a child psychologist, especially one who specializes in educational psychology, to visit a child's classroom to observe the the child, the child's interactions, and the learning environment. The need for a visit is largely dependent upon the diagnosis or suspected diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can parents help with their child who has a speech disorder?

How can parents help with their child who has a speech disorder?

Evaluation is key: First make certain the child hears well, be certain there is not physical cause (short frenulum, malocclusion), and then have a speech therapist see them. Key is to not add to their self-consciousness about it- that could only make the situation worse. ...Read more

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Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?

Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?

Fun things: Activities that help promote movement of the limbs, that are fun, and slightly challenging. You can ask a physical therapist and/or occupational therapist as well. They would be better informed on specific activities. ...Read more

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A child with undiagnosed add/adhd should see a pedi psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician?

A child with undiagnosed add/adhd should see a pedi psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician?

Depends: It depends on who is available in your area check with your pediatrician first. Some general pediatricians, including myself can evaluate and diagnose adhd using various tools. Others refer the child to a psychologist for a battery of test, then may give medicine if needs too. Others refer to a psychiatrist or even a neurologist. A developmental pediatrician, if available, could also see him. ...Read more

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Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity? .

Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity? 

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1) No. 2) Yes: Adhd-primarily inattentive type (ia) replaced add as a diagnosis when research showed that the underlying neurobiological & neurochemical bases were the same as for adhd-combined type, which has significant symptoms of both inattention & hyperactivity/impulsivity.Adhd-ia is the most common type but c (or h/i in preschoolers) is more commonly referred. Ia is related to academic difficulties. ...Read more

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Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Be supportive: Children with mood disorders have a lot of emotions, anxiety, sadness/depression, irritability and sometimes feel that no one cares about them. Encouraging them to do their best and showing them you care and believe in them helps them to feel safer around you and may help them to be more receptive to your instructions. Most children like to please adults and will do their best if they trust you. ...Read more

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Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

No More Than Others: There is currently no research supporting the notion that the older the mom, the more likely that their kids will have learning disabilities. ...Read more

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How to help a kid with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder?

Proper Expert Help: Unfortunately some children are born with immaturities of the brain that may lead to both add(h) and learning disabilities. With proper help, these can generally be dealt with.Schools should provide special needs based teaching, while pediatricians and psych specialists may be able to help with other aspects such as medication and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Adhd/bipolar: do you struggle with child abuse problems?

Adhd/bipolar: do you struggle with child abuse problems?

ABUSE: Children with adhd and bipolar illness are often misunderstood and deemed 'bad' - and punished. The intensity of punishment tends to reflect parent' frustration and ignorance of causes for 'bad behavior'. Psychiatric evaluation of bad behavior is much more to the point - followed by therapy work with the child and parents and possiblly medication. It's really worth the effort! ...Read more

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Are gifted kids oftentimes misdiagnosed with adhd? Do they show symptoms/characteristics similar to kids with adhd?

Are gifted kids oftentimes misdiagnosed with adhd? Do they show symptoms/characteristics similar to kids with adhd?

Yes: It happens from time to time. If a 'gifted' child becomes bored or understimulated, they can become active and even over active to get the necessary level of stimulation. This is usually not the case however. ...Read more

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How can I deal with a son with tourette's, ocd, adhd, oppositional defiant disorder and intermittent explosive disorder?

How can I deal with a son with tourette's, ocd, adhd, oppositional defiant disorder and intermittent explosive disorder?

Get expert help: Your son is very complex. So the meds will be too. But don't think of him as all these separate disorders. He really is 1 person w/ 1 complicated mental health dysfunction manifesting with symptoms of these various textbook diagnoses. I start with treatment of 1 problem, then move on to other issues. Each issue improved, makes the next problem easier to solve. He needs some success, and so do you. ...Read more

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