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Doctor insights on: Functional Math Activities Students 7 12 Autism Severe And Profound

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Can a kid with autism be really good in math and science. Or is that just grandparent impression?

Can a kid with autism be really good in math and science. Or is that just grandparent impression?

Yes: Autism to me is a neurodevelopmental condition that manifests itself in markedly abnormal social interaction, communication ability and patterns of interest. I think autism is not an "intellectual deficit" but more of a low level "perceptual" disability. Yes, they can be good in math and science! ...Read more

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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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Can a 6yo with autism be advanced in math?

Absolutely: Recall dustin hoffman in "rainman"? This phenomenon is not understood. Outstanding skill in music is equally poignant. There are others. The victorians labelled them ''idiot savant", the knowing or knowledgable to a very impressive extent existing in an individual who was equally constrained interpersonally, given to repetitive behaviors, and extremely distraught if a routinized behavior is disrup. ...Read more

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Autism need adivce about if I should stop tryin to get my son to vocalize he is seven an non verble?

50% of children with: Autism & intellectual disability (full-scale iq < 70) remain non-verbal, defined as having < 50 spontaneous, functional words at age 6 or older. Some children acquire words later. Work with his aba therapist & slt on joint attention, which precedes social communication. Use a picture exchange system app on an ipad. Apps like "talking tom" help only if used interactively & reciprocally. ...Read more

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What is the difference between high functional autism and aspergers?

What is the difference between high functional autism and aspergers?

You say potato,: I say po-tah-toe... Seriously, the terms are interchangeable, except that asperger's diagnosis is no longer "in the book.". ...Read more

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What is the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Depends on child : There is no general answer to this question. Occupational therapists experience with autism are your best resource. ...Read more

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Which are considered the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Which are considered the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Keepon toy: Keepon is an autism research toy developed in japan designed to interact with children with both attention and emotion. More information is available here: http://beatbots.Net/research/ they have a high end robot toy for autism research but they also sell a cheaper toy version of the keepon. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son with autism is severely obsessed with mickey mouse and keeps calling the disney store?

ABA therapy: I would try working with an ABA therapist for changing the behavior and response patterns. In ABA therapy behavior plans are introduced to reduce the response in Autistic children. It is strict behaviorism, but hands on and effective. ...Read more

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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 more

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Autism, severe leaky gut, multiply intolerances, what to do?

The same as for a : Child without asd, seek evaluations by a pediatric gastroenterologist ; pediatric allergist. A gastrointestinal disturbance specific to persons with asds ("autistic enterocolitis”) has not been established, nor is there solid evidence for abnormal gastrointestinal permeability in individuals with asds. A variety of GI disorders present as behavioral or sleep difficulties in people with asd. ...Read more

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How can I ensure my son, who has severe autism, has a healthy future?

Many things: We are learning more and more about medical factors that both cause and worsen symptoms of autism. Have your child in the ongoing care of a developmental pediatrician who can arrange for medical testing as necessary. Obtain early intervention services and special education services as well as social security coverage. Plan ahead for adulthood with the assistance of the regional centers in yourarea. Many adults with autism can be cared for in group settings or private homes geared to caring for their needs and allowing independence to the degree possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more