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Is there good rehabilitation for kids with pvl to help them with motor coordination?

Is there good rehabilitation for kids with pvl to help them with motor coordination?

Good peds OT and PT: Kids with pvl are at greater risk for cerebral palsy among other neuromuscular disorders. There is excellent rehab for kids with pvl, and most of them involve repetitive movement and relearning how to make normal movements, recruiting more brain to enable the movement to happen. Good pt and ot will help with that, and most major centers have them. The local support groups will know the good names. ...Read more

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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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Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

They often can: Autism spectrum disorders are complex in terms of cognitive functioning., language, learning disorders, memory, motor and sensory disorders, executive functions, and even rarer neuropsychological factors. Even children labeled "mild" can be very different. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to assess these skills can be expensive, but can zero in on learning strategies and needs. ...Read more

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Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?

Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?

Fun things: Activities that help promote movement of the limbs, that are fun, and slightly challenging. You can ask a physical therapist and/or occupational therapist as well. They would be better informed on specific activities. ...Read more

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Can there be any affordable and useful resource for children with adhd, dyslexia and dysgraphia?

Can there be any affordable and useful resource for children with adhd, dyslexia and dysgraphia?

Try this:: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/adhd.html Search online for the National Institute of Mental Health (nimh.org) Junior colleges will often test you for free through Student Services if you are enrolled. Insurances will not pay for testing but TX is usually covered. Find a therapist who knows about this condition. ...Read more

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Why do so many children get diagnosed with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

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 more

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Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Too little info: I sympathize, but your question is so general, it is impossible to offer a specific answer. If you think the problem truly is the teacher, speak to the principal or special educataion counselor at the school. You can request a new iep at any time, which may include looking at private school options if child not recieving adequate care. If needed, seek a lawyer specializing in this area. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more

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Tips for working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Tips for working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Patience: It's easy to be frustrated with a child who is angry, sullen, amotivated, has a drop in grades, is defiant, looks sloppy etc. Those are behaviors that might be seen in a depressed child. A bipolar child may be even more of a handful. When i work with difficult people, i just keep reminding myself that they are suffering. This allows me to feel some empathy - especially when I am losing patience. ...Read more

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What is community care for with people with learning disabilities?

See below: It is an alternative to institutionalizing individuals with ld's into residential treatment facilities. Acceptance and intergration in the public communities are essential and vital to allowing them to have the best quality of life without preconception. Unfortunately, many in the communities are often opposed to these heterogeneous collection of individuals-ignorance and fear lend to this. ...Read more

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Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Yes: Among many other government mandated suggestions, your general physician has been asked to screen his older patients for early signs of cognitive decline. ...Read more

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Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Be supportive: Children with mood disorders have a lot of emotions, anxiety, sadness/depression, irritability and sometimes feel that no one cares about them. Encouraging them to do their best and showing them you care and believe in them helps them to feel safer around you and may help them to be more receptive to your instructions. Most children like to please adults and will do their best if they trust you. ...Read more

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Which type of careers are available to work with autistic children?

Which type of careers are available to work with autistic children?

Many: Children with autism spectrum disorders often require the help of many different professionals. Some are teachers, teacher assistants, pediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, behavioral therapists, and many more. ...Read more

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What do kids with conditions like special needs such as dyslexia and speech, language difficulties get in public schools now?

What do kids with conditions like special needs such as dyslexia and speech, language difficulties get in public schools now?

Less help: We are in an epidemic of need and a crisis of lack of resources. Not just the public schools, but private schools as well just can not accommodate the need. Parents need to look to private agencies and services. However, they need to be careful to not get ripped off by false claims. Support must come from professional agencies that will determine appropriate use of limited resources. ...Read more

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Why might a speech language pathologist not work with a patient with autism spectrum disorder?

Why might a speech language pathologist not work with a patient with autism spectrum disorder?

Might not be needed: The only reason i can imagine they would not work with a patient on the autism spectrum is that they may feel they do not need any help or that it may not provide any additional benefit. I would ask the therapist directly their reason for not wanting to provide services. ...Read more

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Can an occupational therapist work with a specific group of people such as autistic kids?

Can an occupational therapist work with a specific group of people such as autistic kids?

Yes, they can: Depending on their work environment, occupational therapists can work with specific groups. If you're employed, though, your employer would make those assignments. ...Read more

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Do kids with microtia generally have learning disabilities?

Do kids with microtia generally have learning disabilities?

If hearing-impaired,: even a mild unilateral hearing loss, babies with microtia need Early Intervention at 0-3 & Early Childhood Special Ed. thru the school district at 3 -5 for receptive/expressive language delay, a precursor of dyslexia & disorder of written expression, & a Craniofacial Team evaluation. Of the 53 gene mutations known to cause Microtia, 5 also cause Intellectual Disability. See my comment. ...Read more

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Need some creative solutions for kids with eating disorders?

Need some creative solutions for kids with eating disorders?

No simple solutions: If a child has a serious eating disorder psychotherapy with someone who specializes in eating disorders is imperative. You can't just trick a child to change anorexic or bulimic behaviors. ...Read more

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What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

No bad ones: Any activity that encourages the child to move, use his/her imagination and laugh is beneficial to his/her health.Exercise has been approved by the aap as adjunct therapy for adhd.Get a proper assessment by a knowledgeable professional, provide proper guidance, discuss meds and other options with your doctor.Avoid fads and unsupported treatments that could possibly delay or worsen outcome. ...Read more

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Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Yes: It helps to desensitize children with autism to normal world stimulation such as the feeling of clothing, or sounds or smells or sensations in the mouth. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more