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Doctor insights on: Childhood Autism Rating Scale Sample

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Are there any good vitamin supplements that help with childhood autism?

Are there any good vitamin supplements that help with childhood autism?

Not Really: Many children with autism are picky eaters and have intestinal issues. Nonetheless, supplements are not helpful, expensive, and in some cases unsafe. Stories about improvement after starting a treatment appear to be compelling. However there is a lot of hidden bias in such stories. Fortunately, scientists have developed methods to test whether something really works. No supplements have worked. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Are there two types of autism, one that develops in late teens/early adulthood and one just in childhood?

Are there two types of autism, one that develops in late teens/early adulthood and one just in childhood?

Autism Spectrum DO: Autism spectrum disorders present early in life. However, perhaps a person with aspergers may not be diagnosed early on. ...Read more

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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read more

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Can an adult be diagnosed with autism, or is it something he has to have from childhood?

Can an adult be diagnosed with autism, or is it something he has to have from childhood?

Yes. : Diagnosis includes looking at the person’s medical history, watching the person’s behavior, & giving the person some psychological tests. But, it can be more challenging to DX an adult because it is not always possible to know about the person’s development during the first few yrs of life, and a long history of other diagnoses may complicate an ASD dx. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.htm. ...Read more

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What causes autism, do you really get it from childhood immunizations or is it genetic?

Not immunizations: Immunizations may be the single safest, most effective heath intervention produced in the last 100 years. They are proven to be 99% effective, safe and haved saved literally millions of children's lives. There is no scientific evidence that any vaccine causes autism and huge amounts of independent research proving that that they do not cause autism. Immunize! ...Read more

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How do you get autism? Do you really get it from childhood immunizations or is it genetic?

How do you get autism? Do you really get it from childhood immunizations or is it genetic?

Not from immunizatio: Autism is a disorder that appears to start during a pregnancy. In some cases it appears to be an inherited disorder but in others the etiology is unknown. There is no scientific linkage between imunization and autism. ...Read more

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Can autism child ever get better?

Yes: Hope should never be lost with this kids, and patience. However, like everyone else, they have a "ceiling" which should not be construed as a barrier to help them reach the closest to their full potential; everybody has limitations and areas of better performance. ...Read more

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Can autism make a child violent or aggressive?

Yes: But keep in mind most people with autism are not aggressive. Aggressive episodes can be triggered by changes in routine, overwhelming anxiety, someone not allowing the person to engage in his or her desired behavior, or being in pain (e.g. Having an ear infection). Aggression in autism can also sometimes take the form of the person being aggressive to him/herself (self injurious behavior). ...Read more

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How can you connect with a child who has autism?

It depends: Focus on what you know are the child's preferences, likes, and wants. Maybe its a toy, activity, or snack--have the child gain access to that item when they engage with you. This will pair your interaction with something they already like---something reinforcing. Some great reading are the book written by drs. Patricia krantz and lynn mcclannahan. They have great strategies. ...Read more

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How does Biobita supposedly help children with Autism?

How does Biobita supposedly help children with Autism?

Not a cure: Biobita is a combination of probiotics and vitamins. While it can help the GI tract, there is no definitive evidence that it will help autism. The claims are testimonials without research back up other than describing research that was not autism specific. With that said if your child has problems with pain, chronic constipation or diarrhea, making him irritable, Biobita may help that and his mood ...Read more

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What is very mild autism, and how does it affect a child?

What is very mild autism, and how does it affect a child?

Not defined: We do not have objective measures for telling whether a child's autism is "mild, " "moderate, " or "severe" and no agreed-upon system. Typically, "mild" is used to refer to a child with normal or better IQ who has some social withdrawal especially with peers, some language oddities, and some unusual behaviors but who is functioning pretty much at age level without a lot of supports. ...Read more

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Please explain what food to give to children with autism?

Please explain what food to give to children with autism?

It depends,,,: First of all kids need to eat and grow so they need to consume food. But autistic kids have very restricted diets, and often crave the very food that is not good for them. The restricted diets are often not nutritionally complete. Different diets: gluten free, casein free, soy free, gaps, and feingold, have all been reported to help some, but not all. I would find a maps doctor to help you sort. ...Read more

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Please explain which food to give to children with autism?

Please explain which food to give to children with autism?

Green and organic: Any child can be sensitive to artificial ingredients. I think the biggest offenders are artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. So as organic as you can reasonably find is good. Other than that, unless they have an allergy to a food, give them whatever they will eat. The gfcf diet usually does not improve autism unless there are gastrointestinal problems. ...Read more

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Is there a simple online test to see if a child has autism?

Screeners only: If you are worried enough about your young child's behavior to be looking for an on-line test for autism, you probably would be best served by seeking out an evaluation with an expert in autism. Screeners are getting better, but assessing symptoms of autism is complicated, especially for those who have not seen many children with the disorder at different ages. ...Read more

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What are the more subtle symptoms of autism in a small child?

What are the more subtle symptoms of autism in a small child?

Interaction: A very young child will just not be as interactive and vocal as would be expected, may not make as much eye contact, and may be more fascinated by or attached to an object than would be usual, though not to the extent seen in children who are more affected. ...Read more

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What are some tips for providing care to a child with autism?

What are some tips for providing care to a child with autism?

1st have evaluations: by a developmental/behavioral pediatrician for genetic & other medical causes & a child neuropsychologist to determine strengths & weaknesses. Educational/ behavioral therapy is needed 25-40 hrs./week. Parent & caretaker training & follow-through is vital. Add social skills group therapy at 6 & >.Find a DBPede, child psychiatrist or neurologist adept at medication doses for kids with ASD & ADHD. ...Read more

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Is it common for a child with autism to not want to ride a bike?

Anything new will be: Rejected at first. Kids with autism do not retain complex, novel information quickly & require repetition of the movement. Remember, verbal instructions may not work & he has difficulty mimicking your motor movements, like he did with pat-a-cake & peek-a-boo.Pictorial cues, books about riding a bike & possibly phyical therapy to teach him how to ride a stationary bike may have to happen first. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are so many children being diagnosed with autism?

I'm wondering why are so many children being diagnosed with autism?

Better screens: One of the reasons is for sure the increasing awareness of it (thanks to the media mainly) and improvement of the diagnostic screenings in schools, hospitals etc. So, at least in part, is about finding it more effectively which gives us the impression that it became more prevalent. ...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