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Doctor insights on: Grapefruit See Extract For Autistic Kids

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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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Is there a simple online test to see if a child has autism?

Is there a simple online test to see if a child has autism?

Screeners only: If you are worried enough about your young child's behavior to be looking for an on-line test for autism, you probably would be best served by seeking out an evaluation with an expert in autism. Screeners are getting better, but assessing symptoms of autism is complicated, especially for those who have not seen many children with the disorder at different ages. ...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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At what age will you see a child with autism display social withdrawal?

At what age will you see a child with autism display social withdrawal?

12-18 months: Autism is by definition a derangement in social interaction, among other things. Most parents may not see autism symptoms for what they are until later, and those not familiar with the child may not recognize them either. But looking back, often you can see where the signs began before 1 year of age: not making good eye contact, or looking to mom for social cues. These become more obvious by 2 y. ...Read more

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Autism: dad's son has it from his first marriage and my niece has it. Are there tests i can undergo to see if my child will have it?

Autism: dad's son has it from his first marriage and my niece has it. Are there tests i can undergo to see if my child will have it?

No: Currently, there are no known medical tests to diagnose autism, especially prenatally. It is diagnosed clinically by assessing behavior, communication and social skills typically at age 12m or older. While genetics are implicated, very few specific genes have been found in a majority of kids with autism. ...Read more

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What makes a child autistic?

No iron clad answer: but there is enough from studies to believe that it derives from a problem in the genes. The severity may depend on the variability of the genes being expressed and to a degree other environmental factors. Knowledge of autism is incomplete at this time so be selective about the quality of information you get. It is best to discuss any questions with your PCP who has access to evidence based info. ...Read more

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How can I deal with autistic child?

How can I deal with autistic child?

Autism: The autistic spectrum has many different presentations. Talk to your pediatrician, medications can help, in some cases, especially for the anxiety and meltdowns. There are also classes on how to work with these children. The school system will help, also. Special Ed teachers are specially trained. Try to keep to a schedule, change is very difficult. Get yourself some support, too. ...Read more

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How to know your child is autistic?

How to know your child is autistic?

ASD: This site is an excellent reference, but having your child evaluated is the best way. http://www.firstsigns.org ...Read more

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Does gfcf diet work for autistic kids?

Does gfcf diet work for autistic kids?

No..: ..A trial of the diet at the university of rochester in 2010 showed that it did not help autistic children compared to a regular diet. ...Read more

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How can I know if my child is autistic?

How can I know if my child is autistic?

Evaluation: Please talk with your pediatrician and discuss it with him/her and whether or not an evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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