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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 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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Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Sensory Rooms: "A sensory room is a place where children can use multi-sensory experiences to explore, to calm themselves, and to practice important social skills. There are many types of sensory rooms. Some multi-sensory rooms have bright lights, loud sounds, popping colors and fragrances. These rooms are designed to encourage language skills and emotions." ...Read more

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How often are autistic children selective mutes?

How often are autistic children selective mutes?

Not really: Selective mutism implies normal speech and language in certain "safe" settings, and a voluntary resistance to speaking in other "frightening" settings or venues. Autistic children don't speak well because of their neurological deficiency. Some higher functioning autism patients may refuse to speak (in their normal way) in certain settings or with certain people, but this is not mutism. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of my children having autism?

See below: 1-2% incidence in the US for autism. 6% incidence for the full spectrum of PDD. Check my health tips on PDD. See http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index. Shtml or http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd. Shtml. ...Read more

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On the spectrum children and autism?

On the spectrum children and autism?

PDD-NOS: The diagnostic and statistical manual iv-text revision defines pervasive developmental disorder as having some, but not all, of the criteria for autism. The dsm-v will combine pdd-nos, asperger's syndrome and autism into autistic disorder, so that all children " on the spectrum" may receive funding and services. Autistic disorders are neurodevelopmental, but still defined as psychiatric disorders. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

Autistic Spectrum: Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks. Org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more

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How to know if dolphins are being used in therapy for autistic children?

How to know if dolphins are being used in therapy for autistic children?

Dolphin-assisted rx: There are various groups offering dolphin-assisted therapy for autistic children and others. Http://tinyurl. Com/ktav5to however, the actual research on this is not so good. Http://tinyurl. Com/kxoobw5 the therapy is expensive, does not cure autism, and risks animals which have been removed from their natural environments. There are other, more accessible animal-assisted therapies. ...Read more

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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors: Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks. Post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for autistic children?

Is there any cure for autistic children?

Good question.: The only proven method to help youngsters overcome autisms challenges is science based intensive individualized intervention using an applied behavior analysis model. As a healthcare provider and father if child with autism, I regret to report there is no quick fix, however, we know more about autism today than ever. Feel free to message me if you would like more specific information. ...Read more

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For what length of time do people have autism?

Lifelong for Most: For the majority of people autism is a lifelong condition. A small number of people have been said to grow out of autism or to have a marked improvement in symptoms, sometimes because they were misdiagnosed. Unfortunately for the majority they will continue to have autism throughout their life. But that doesn't mean that we cannot continue to try to improve their quality of life and experiences. ...Read more

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How do the symptoms of autism change over time?

How do the symptoms of autism change over time?

Depends on child: Like all of us, children with autism continue to develop over time both physically and mentally. Puberty can have an especially profound effect--good or bad--both because of increased size and because of emerging cognitive skills. In general, aggressive behaviors grow less as children age into adults, but social interactions and language may actually diminish over time. ...Read more

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Can autistic children often wander off by themselves?

Can autistic children often wander off by themselves?

Not uncommon: Many children with autism, especially when younger and with fewer communication and social skills, are at risk for elopement. There may not experience a sense of danger at leaving or recognize the need to notify others of desire. For some it is such a problem that they need to keep some type of tracking device on. Luckily this will become less an issue for most as they are older. Aba can help. ...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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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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Are there any special schools just for autistic children?

Are there any special schools just for autistic children?

There are private: Schools for kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grants every child a free & appropriate education in the least restrictive setting. Placement of a child with ASD depends on degree of autism + presence or absence & severity of Intellectual Disability & disruptive behaviors. Special public schools exist for more impaired students. ...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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How much time does it take to make a proper autism evaluation?

Few hrs./few visits: An evaluation of your child. when using a multidisciplinary team, will be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist, therapists, speech/occupation or physical
therapy. Each run a battery of tests on your child. The evaluation will take several hours or over several sessions. It best done at
a Special Autistic Center. Many questions
about development and other questions will be asked. ...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

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What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in autistic children?

No one simple answer: Due to the extremes in variability in ability to communicate in this multifaceted disorder, there is no one correct way to achieve the teaching you desire to correct bad behavior. Even the premise "bad behavior" is often in the eye of the beholder. Generally one must use the most effective communication form and direct the child away from the undesirable action. There can be many strategies. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is autism and why do so many children have it now?

Good question: And it cannot be effectively answered here..." autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors."
great website for more info: http://www. Autismspeaks. Org/what-autism. ...Read more