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Is there any medicine that a child can take for autism?

Is there any medicine that a child can take for autism?

Yes and no: There are no medications available to treat autism itself. However, there are medications that are effective in treating some of the symptoms of autism. ...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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Please describe the medicine a child can take for autism?

Please describe the medicine a child can take for autism?

No Cure: If you mean to cure, no. To alleviate symptoms, sometimes yes. For example there are medications to help insomnia. Also aggressive behavior. Check with your pediatrician for help. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a child to get tests for autism?

Hard to say: Depends on what and how many instruments the doctor use and how many hours the insurance company is willing to reimburse. Ranged from 4 to 12 hours and these include doctor's report writing time. ...Read more

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Can autism child ever get better?

Yes: Hope should never be lost with this kids, and patience. However, like everyone else, they have a "ceiling" which should not be construed as a barrier to help them reach the closest to their full potential; everybody has limitations and areas of better performance. ...Read more

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What's the best way to get my child with autism to try new foods?

What's the best way to get my child with autism to try new foods?

Speech/Language &: Occupational Therapists also work together on feeding issues related to sensory issues in children with ASD. Issues with smell, taste, texture & color of foods can make it difficult to insure that a child with ASD eats a well-balanced diet. I endorse this book by Ernsperger & Stegen-Hanson, but I have no financial interest in it. It helps get past " love the whites, hate the greens". ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child to be tested for autism?

How long is it supposed to it take for a child to be tested for autism?

Screening Tests: There are screening questionaires , that can be administered in your pediatricians office, such as the mini- chat, that takes a few minutes. It has been tested and validated to provide reasonable accuracy if checked at 18 and 24 months of age. ...Read more

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Can a child get autism or becomes autistic at age 5? What are the odds ?

Can a child get autism or becomes autistic at age 5? What are the odds ?

Possible: Autism and ASD is not age specific and can be diagnosed at an early childhood age at 4-5 if it meets its diagnostic criteria. Since its not a cut and dry situation in most cases, it often requires help with referral to those who specialize in this condition, like psychologists and behavioral specialists. ...Read more

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When should you get your child tested to see if they are on the autistic spectrum?

When should you get your child tested to see if they are on the autistic spectrum?

AAP Guidelines : recommend developmental surveillance in infants & toddlers using standardized screening tools, including autism-specific screens at 18 & 24 months, like those on first signs.org. Screening tools like the PDDST & the ASQ-SE can identify early alterations in development of social reciprocity & communication. Therapy for 12-15 month-olds now exists, so screening recommendations may change. ...Read more

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Is there any special kind of wall padding I can get to put in the room of a child with autism?

Is there any special kind of wall padding I can get to put in the room of a child with autism?

Yes, but do more.: 1st, this question begs a response like "padded walls are not a legitimate treatment". But it is a reasonable question. Head-banging, destructive rage, etc, may be problems that need practical steps. I suspect there is a material that "gives" a bit &is durable that can't be pulled off or chewed.Still, the ultimate approach however is to get meaningful med treatment to reduce rage, anxiety, confusion. ...Read more