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Classroom Observation Of Students With Autism
How can the ados (autism diagnostic observation schedule) help my daughter who was diagnosed w asd?
ADOS: Here is a video about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svkb83-igka&sns=em but basically it is for ruling out autism. Some components may lead to intervention targets but a good psychologist can walk you through goal setting based upon a good evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
One of my students (Autism + ADHD) accidentally took a double dose of his adderall? Should I send him home or will he be fine at school?
He will be fine: a double dose will not harm him, but could sedate him. ...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
Same way: The autism diagnostic observation scales are geared at different age levels, pre-verbal & verbal. Cognition ( intellect), processing of verbal & non/verbal information, language comprehension & expressive non-verbal & verbal social communication, reciprocal social interaction, & presence of stereotypies or narrow, restricted areas of interest are all tested. Social understanding @ 6 & >up by tops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autistic Spectrum: Disorder begins before age, but many toddlers have deficits in social communication ; social reciprocity with less obvious stereotypies (non-functional, repetitive movements) ; they're too young to have narrow, restricted ateas of interest. Careful observation reveals repetitive, sensorimotor acts like banging ; dropping toys or lining up objects. The diagnosis requires deficits in all 3 areas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a child is showing signs of autism at an early age, 17 months, does that mean they are more likely to be on the more severe end of the spectrum?
Not necessarily: I find 17 months towards the later end of showing some suggestive findings. Autism is not all one entity although we tend to lump them together under one name. Most will develop many skill sets that might seem unlikely when first diagnosed. Cautious optimism should be maintained as you work with those that will provide needed therapy and direction down this unpredictable road. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autistic Spectrum: Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosed by history ; clinical observation of qualitative impairments in social communication ; social reciprocity + stereotypical, repetitive, non-functional motor movements or narrow , restricted areas of interest. Genetic ; epigenetic (factors that change function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes) are the major known causes, . ...Read more
Individual education: A coordinated plan to use educational resources benefits any kid with autism. Individual education plans describe the annual review & proposed plans for the coming year in kids with identified learning issues.In most areas, parents meat with the teachers & therapists to review current testing & progress.This keeps people on a common path & allows the parent to sign & approve of plans (or not). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?
Too little info: I sympathize, but your question is so general, it is impossible to offer a specific answer. If you think the problem truly is the teacher, speak to the principal or special educataion counselor at the school. You can request a new iep at any time, which may include looking at private school options if child not recieving adequate care. If needed, seek a lawyer specializing in this area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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