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For what length of time does it take for children to get diagnosed with autism?

For what length of time does it take for children to get diagnosed with autism?

M-CHAT...: ...Is valid starting at about 18 months. The shorter version is available here: http://www.Howtolearn.Com/2012/04/the-long-the-short-of-it-autism-screening-test-goes-mini-for-maxi-time-savings/. ...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


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Does the MMR vaccine cause autism. Is it ok to have other vaccinations at the same time. I believe children are given 2 others with the MMR at 12 mths?

Does the MMR vaccine cause autism. Is it ok to have other vaccinations at the same time. I believe children are given 2 others with the MMR at 12 mths?

No: Vaccine haters in the 80's told us they caused cp, in the 90's crib death ; now autism. Court testimony revealed a money making hoax behind the MMR scare and the dr lost his license to practice. The vaccines have been the single best lifesaver for kids in a hundred years.The number given at one time has been proven safe and effective.Get them all and be safe. ...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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Why are autistic children so sensitive to stimuli?

Why are autistic children so sensitive to stimuli?

Structure & function: of the autistic vs. neurotypical (NT) brain differ. Activation on fMRI of frontal & temporal cortex in teens with ASD vs. NT's exposed to 2 slightly noxious stimuli showed = initial sensations but over-reactivity in processing & interpretating them in those with ASD, consistent with anatomical findings of small patches of disorganized neurons in the layers of the frontal & temporal cortex in ASD ...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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My niece is autistic, is this a risk for my children?

My niece is autistic, is this a risk for my children?

That depends on the : results of her Chromosonal a Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X, whether she is your sister's or brother's child & your 3-generation family medical &/or psychiatric history of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & illnesses in which the incidence of ASD is increased. It also depends on your taking .4mg. of Folic Acid daily starting 3 mos. before & having a flu vaccine 2 mos. before conception. ...Read more

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Can autistic children grow up living like normal people?

Prognosis for kids: With autistic spectrum disorder depends on level of cognition, degree of ASD & early response to therapy. Studies show 14-44% favorable outcomes.(http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3619174/). Having had early communication & iq > 70 (stable from ~ age 7) are good signs. Social/adaptive skills remain. ...Read more

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Which symptoms do autistic children have, say at the age of 2?

The M-CHAT screen : (firstsigns.Org) captures qualitative impairments in social reciprocity: joint attention, gaze monitoring, pointing at items to share interest. Atypical social communication may be absent language, words mixed with bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") or deviant (saying the alphabet before "mama, dada, & bye-bye). Stereotypies, repetitive non-functional movements, may be hard to spot before 3. ...Read more

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Which type of careers are available to work with autistic children?

Many: Children with autism spectrum disorders often require the help of many different professionals. Some are teachers, teacher assistants, pediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, behavioral therapists, and many more. ...Read more

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What medications are used to treat hyper activity in autistic children?

Varies: It depends on the cause of hyperactivity. There are many reasons for an ad child to be hyperactive. You, behavioral assistant, speech therapists, pt, teachers, and doctors need to figure out why. If child is chronically ill, frustrated, anxious, in pain, obsessing, he could be hyperactive. There is no one medication to use in a recipe fashion. ...Read more

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