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3.9 year old with autism seems ready for potty training but won't sit on potty long enough. Is the iPotty (potty with iPad stand) a good idea for him?
Do you really want : to pair those behaviors? Once you do, transition to a regular toilet is going to be tough! Use his developmental, not chronological, age, for readiness: Can he stay dry for 2 hrs., walk from room to room, recognize the urge to go, use a word to say so (e.g., potty) & pull his pants up & down? If so, use a Little Looster stool & read " Steps to Independence" by Baker, ~$30 on Amazon.com. ...Read more
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
If a child has mild autism, should they be placed in a normal classroom instead of a special one? Will this help them to mentally develop at an appropriate rate?
Highly variable: Autism consists of a wide spectrum of disability. Mildly autistic children can sometimes function and thrive in a streamline classroom, but each child's education program and support should be highly individualized by a team of school (teachers, psychologist, therapists) and pediatrician. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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
Perhaps inquisitive.: Here is what the cdc says and you can read it for yourself. I suspect perhaps you are just being "stupid" and worrying over nothing, on the other hand perhaps you to have an autism spectrum disorder. By the time you are done reading this article you should have a good idea. Best wishes. www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html autism spectrum disorders (asds) are a group of developmental disabilities. ...Read more
Very: There is no "official" age at which the diagnosis can be formulated, however, some of the criteria is only observable (or the lack thereof) after the kid is supposed to reach a milestone (verbal skills, etc). Review the criteria dsm4 and you will have a clear idea of why. That said, some genetic diseases ( deletions, isodicentrism, etc) associated with autistic features can be diagnosed at any age. ...Read more
Read article today saying courts have confirmed MMR and autism link. My son is getting ready to get his 1 year shots! what do I do? Help!
There is no link: There has not been a study that has passed muster with the medical comminity that has linked MMR or any other immunization with the develoopment of Autism. At best it an urban myth. those who claim a link are preying on families desterate to find a cuase of their child's autism. do not fear having your child immunized. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sad for your kid: You took a myth created as fraudulent research by dr wakefield (who lost his license because of the fraud) and now leave your child susceptible to an illness that can kill him.We are now finding genetic errors in kids with autism that are present at conception.There is no link to the mmr, although their are many that continue to push the idea. It is sad that parents are caught up in this battle. ...Read more
Fraudulent data: Several studies have disproven the link, which was originally published in 1998 by dr. Andrew wakefield. An investigation by the british medical journal (bmj) concluded that dr.Wakefield faked data and created an elaborate fraud, causing long-lasting damage to public health. In fact, the original study was eventually retracted in 2010, and dr, wakefield lost his license. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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