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Explaining Schizophrenia To Children
Historically, 50% of: children with classical Autism are non-verbal, meaning they have a functional vocabulary of 50 or fewer words at or after age 6. With the lumping of PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome & Autism into a single diagnosis in the DSM-V of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Levels 1,2 &3 , 30% of children with ASD are non-verbal. Finding other ways for them to communicate is important, if their cognitive level allows. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Did you hear about autism parents flocking to colorado for cannibis oil to treat their children having seziures?
Although studies on : efficacy & safety have barely begun, parents of children with intractable epilepsy, with or without Autism, have purchased CBD oil in Colorado. Since medical marijuana is now legal in Nevada, affected families don't have to leave home. My hometown has always promoted cohort situational behaviors in visitors, leaving the visitors feeling slightly naughty & happy & us with no state income tax. ...Read more
NOT NECESSARILY: Many parents have a conscience and are ignorant and frustrated and don't know what to do. But it takes courage to ask for help and devulge a problem. And some abusive parents are troubled themselves or addicted to drugs or alcohol. When you speak of humans, each case has to be examined before you know the answers. ...Read more
US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
very unlikely : In most cases of developmental delay parents are not directly or indirectly responsible. Exceptions might include substance abuse during pregnancy, head trauma from abuse or severe neglect leading to failure to thrive but these will have other associated findings not just developmental delay. It is best to speak with the provider to make sure a thorough evaluation is done. ...Read more
Sek referral to the : Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Evaluation+Services+Child+Development+Unit. The Autism team is affiliated with Autism Speaks: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/autism. They will help you with all aspects of evaluation, treatment & family support services. ...Read more
Breaks the routine: Many autistic people are very comfortable in their routine and like the things the same day after day. Holidays often bring more people, different decor, more noise, different food. These changes can be very hard for the autistic patient to accept. They might with draw to the comfort of their own space or room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam
Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?
Misconceptions: Research often falls into 2 separate types.In forward looking studies, you study a control group and one under the study conditions. In rear looking research, you compare a control group to those who underwent the conditions in the past. Most child abuse research is done as rear looking (retrospective) studies. Your confusion is valid, no review board would allow a kid to be put in such conditions. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Don't we actually need organizations that would assist suicidal people with asperger's syndrome commit suicide?
I am not sure if: You meant this the way it came out. Supportive organizations do exist for people with aspergers & other autism spectrum disorders. I doubt you are asking about organizations to help people to commit suicide (that obviously would be a horrible thing). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tough question: It could be a combination of both the underlying mental condition and possible hormonal involvement. Have a childhood behavioral specialist examine him and help you out. Best wishes. ...Read more
Why do so many children get diagnosed with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?
Trendy, w/ a reason: Med diagnoses often are fed by trends. The trend often starts however w/ a large unmet need- such as too many kids struggling in our society. Then we find we actually can do something about it- there are excellent meds, approaches, treatments now that can make a difference. So people seek care & drs diagnose in order to provide treatment. Plus, the definitions for these conditions have broadened. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Seek Tx: Usually information you provide during treatment stays confidential. However, there are some limits to confidentiality with being in danger to yourself or others are some of them. If you feel you cannot control your sx anymore, either dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, you might want to consider making an appointment with psychiatrist and psychologist to start your treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NAMI: National alliance for the mentally ill (nami) is a very good resource. Go to www.Nami.Org. ...Read more
Comic Answer: Bwaaa! i had my son at 39, he is now 15, I am 54. Remember late parenting= teen in puberty while you will be in menopause. Dueling hormones can be an experience. And yes you might be more patient because you will be tired. No worries having my son later has been my best experience ever- really:) I have friends who parented at 42-47- happy parents amazing kids. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Certainly no help: Whether or not this constitutes mental abuse is probably a matter of degree and definition. The obvious question is why this conversation was begun in the presence of the children, and how it degenerated into an argument. Neither party appears to be acting like thoughtful adults, and the children will certainly not benefit from observing and then potentially copying this behavior. ...Read more
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