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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?

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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Hi my daughter is 9 n she is autistic n won't eat everything we eat. Long story short she is anemic n takes liquid iron.Any suggestions?Other ideas?

Hi my daughter is 9 n she is autistic n won't eat everything we eat. Long story short she is anemic n takes liquid iron.Any suggestions?Other ideas?

An occupational : Therapist & a speech/language therapist often work together to determine the cause of self-limited diets in children with autism. It may be over-reaction to the smell, taste or texture of certain foods. Kids with ASD can go on " hunger strikes" for > 72 hrs. When offered non-preferred foods. "just take a bite" by tania stegen-hanson, available on amazon, addresses food aversion & is quite helpful. ...Read more

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33 yr old adult autistic nonverbal female. 6hours after eating extreme coughing acid reflux gas and mucus. 4 years no cure no new ideas from local?

Need new specialist: You need to take this poor soul to a major medical center for better evaluation and treatment. There is no reason for her to suffer for four years with this - that is just cruel. Find a major city near where you live, see if they have a medical school and/or residency program for GI or GI surgery, and set up appointment. If you need further suggestions where, send where you live in new question. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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