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Where can I find information on dcd, dysgraphia, dyscalcula, dyslexia, visual perceptual processing disorder?

Where can I find information on dcd, dysgraphia, dyscalcula, dyslexia, visual perceptual processing disorder?

Here's a start: Try the national institute of neurologic disorders and stroke. Here's the website: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/ good luck. ...Read more

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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Where does one draw the line between 'learning difficulties' and 'mental retardation'?

Where does one draw the line between 'learning difficulties' and 'mental retardation'?

Ability/achievement: Intellectual disability (mr) is classically defined as having an overall iq of <70 with low scores in social/adaptive functioning in 3/10 areas (ability to function independently in society). A learning disaabilty is an unexpected difficulty learning in a child with an average to above average iq. Classically, achievement scores are 15 points or greater less than iq in reading, writing or math. ...Read more

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Is sensory processing disorder somewhere on the autism spectrum?

Is sensory processing disorder somewhere on the autism spectrum?

With all due respect: To dr. Rankin, sensory processing disorder is not recognized as a stand-alone diagnosis by medical coding systems, the american academy of pediatrics or the dsm-v. Difficulties processing visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste) & proprioceptive-kinesthetic ( relation of body parts to each other & to space) are found in a wide variety of neuridevelopmental disorders. ...Read more

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Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap.Org or app. ...Read more

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Link between learning disability and behavioral disorder? Is there a link between learning disability and behavioral disorder?

Link between learning disability and behavioral disorder? Is there a link between learning disability and behavioral disorder?

Sometimes: When an individual has a hard time learning, especially in a structured environment, like a classroom, inappropriate behavior can arise from frustration, boredom and anger. Sometimes brain mechanisms involved in learning and regulation of behavior overlap, which is another reason the two conditions can co-occur. ...Read more

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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read more

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Is there a scientific discipline that studies the role of genes on behavior/personality traits?

Is there a scientific discipline that studies the role of genes on behavior/personality traits?

Sure: Here is a link to the international society of psychiatric genetics: http://www.Ispg.Net/. Also, the field of developmental neuropsychiatry covers much of what is known relative to psychiatric disorders with developmental origins. One of my mentors at the johns hopkins kennedy krieger institute, dr. James c. Harris wrote an excellent book on the subject. ...Read more

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Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Some can: It depends on the level of the child's functioning, whether there is co-existing intellectual disability and whether the family qualifies financially. You can apply for ssi and katie beckett at the same time. If you are denied ssi for financial reasons, the federally -funded katie beckett program is based on the other two factors. The level of impairment is more stringent. ...Read more

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Is there any good data (rcts) on sensory processing disorder in kids without any other diagnosis (autism spectrum, dd, etc)? Thank you.

Is there any good data (rcts) on sensory processing disorder in kids without any other diagnosis (autism spectrum, dd, etc)? Thank you.

The American : Academy of pediatrics & coding organizations do not recognize sensory processing disorder as a stand-alone diagnosis, because it's always found as a manifestation of a neurodevelopmental disorder. Occupational therapists use the term descriptively, but it's not a medical diagnosis. ...Read more

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Any medical research on art kids meeting donors?

Any medical research on art kids meeting donors?

Yes: There is quite a bit of deliberation on this topic, as well as case history studies on the boston pediatric hospital's website, under renal transplant. ...Read more

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Do the IQ tests (weschler, stanford-binet, etc.) truly measure intelligence?

Do the IQ tests (weschler, stanford-binet, etc.) truly measure intelligence?

Definition?: There are many different ways of being smart or dumb. These tests are pretty good predictors of academic success, much less so of success in other areas of life. ...Read more

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Considering basic evolutionary concepts of genetic adaptations. Why are we still losing the battle with cancer?

Considering basic evolutionary concepts of genetic adaptations. Why are we still losing the battle with cancer?

See below.: Cancer is not as simple and straight forward as one might believe. There are many different types of cancer, and they all have many molecular pathways involved. There are volumes of books to teach pathologists about all the different types. There are some successes stories for specific types of cancer, but research can take many years to find a breakthrough and is very expensive. ...Read more

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Can people with autism spectrum disorder live independently on their own?

Yes: Yes, depending on the indiviual level of functioning, many people with autism can function independantly. Of course there are those at the other end of the scale who will always need some degree of supervision. If you have met 1 person with autism, you have only met one person with autism. Everyone is unique. ...Read more

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Do politics attract abnormal personalities? Any good research to read on correlation between political ideology and psychological pathology?

Do politics attract abnormal personalities? Any good research to read on correlation between political ideology and psychological pathology?

No study, but Blogs: A PH.D. has an article in Psychology Today magazine. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201112/narcissism-why-its-so-rampant-in-politics and there are lots of bloggers writing about it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a conceptual framework that can help assure holistic (physical - mental, social) and integrated care that is also person-centered?

Is there a conceptual framework that can help assure holistic (physical - mental, social) and integrated care that is also person-centered?

Holistic Medicine: I believe that holistic medicine, when properly practiced, assures all of that. For the principles delineated by the american holistic medical association see http://www.Holisticmedicine.Org/content.Asp?Pl=2&sl=22&contentid=22 also see http://www.Abihm.Org/general-public. ...Read more

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Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?

Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?

see below: Most studies indicate by age 25 or 26, in males, the final frontal lobe development is in place, especially orbital frontal areas. Does occur a few years earlier in females. ...Read more

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Any input on the success rate of using "interactive metronome" for sensory integration disorders or speech delay?

Any input on the success rate of using "interactive metronome" for sensory integration disorders or speech delay?

Developed by OTs: From all children's hospital- a computer based program for self care. I am looking at their website http://www.Allkids.Org/body.Cfm?Id=798 https://www.Interactivemetronome.Com/ it looks interesting- but unable to find any studies with large sample size that demonstrates efficacy. ...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