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Destructive Behavior In Autism
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
Varies by person: I have seen kids go both ways. There are some autistic kids who by their early teens are able to be assimilated into regular classrooms becomes they have made so much progress with therapy. I've also seen kids become increasingly aggressive and problematic as they hit puberty. Research shows that early intervention and social and language therapy are key to improved behavior and general health. ...Read more
Each child is unique: 12 diagnostic features are divided, 4 in each of 3 categories: social; communication; stereotypical behavior. Diagnosis requires 2 from social and at least 1 from @ of the others, but a total of at least 6. Therefore, a lot of individual variability exists. Each feature of the 12 occurs often but not necessarily a majority of the time and no one appears definitely all the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?
Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis of a set of observable behaviors with many different etiologies, or causes. The underlying deficits that cause difficullty in joint attention, gaze monitoring, pretend play, face recognition, processing social/emotional information, social communication, social reciprocity & stereotyped, repetitive movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest are unique to ad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Redirection: As with most kids, trying to change what is happening at the moment by directing the child to do something different. We too often yell at kids for bad behavior, so pick your battles and save the important reprimands for major stuff. Most of the other behaviors should attempted to be changed by reinforcement of new projects or challenges. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: Aba is one behavioral therapy shown to be effective in helping with asd. There are newer, more developmentally based therapies also showing promise, such as play project (floortime), son rise and rdi - relationship development intervention. The key factor as a parent is to research the various approaches and determine which seems to best fit your child. And don't be afraid to change, if needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?
Meds can help...: ..A lot! autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Controversial: The effects of sugar and other foods or additives in chidlren with autism or adhd are highly controversial. Best reserach suggests that, especially with chidlren under age 5 or 6 years, if may have an effect. One problem is that sugar rarely is the only variable--context (party, after school, etc.) may have a big impact. Check for yourself; if it helps, restricting it may be worth the effort. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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