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Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

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

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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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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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What is community care for with people with learning disabilities?

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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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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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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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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Why are family holidays difficult for children with autism?

Why are family holidays difficult for children with autism?

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 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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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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Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

I think it's from: Both the delays in social development + perseverative interest in anything that's preferred. The simplistic language of pre-school shows is delivered in high-pitched, emphatic, repetitive " snippets", great for delayed echolalia. Age-appropriate shows have confusing complex language ; social interactions. Game shows have sound effects, short verbal interchange, rolling credits ; catchy music. ...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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Does anyone have examples of online support for parents with learning disabilities?

Does anyone have examples of online support  for parents with learning disabilities?

See below:: Try: www.Ldonline.Org/ it is called ld online-works with learning disabilities association of america. ...Read more

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Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

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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Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Usually some: By definition, kids with asperger's disorder have relatively intact language ability. A child with more severe language problems would be diagnosed with a more severe autistic spectrum disorder. That being said, kids with asperger's often have difficulty maintaining "normal" conversations, regulating tone of voice, catching other people's social cues and body language, and understanding humor. ...Read more

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Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

No More Than Others: There is currently no research supporting the notion that the older the mom, the more likely that their kids will have learning disabilities. ...Read more

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How are kids vs adults diagnosed with autism?

Same way: The autism diagnostic observation scales are geared at different age levels, pre-verbal & verbal. Cognition ( intellect), processing of verbal & non/verbal information, language comprehension & expressive non-verbal & verbal social communication, reciprocal social interaction, & presence of stereotypies or narrow, restricted areas of interest are all tested. Social understanding @ 6 & >up by tops. ...Read more

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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

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 more

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Do kids with autism need wheelchairs?

Do kids with autism need wheelchairs?

Not from autism: The condition by itself does not make someone need a wheelchair. Someone with mobility issues from another cause (paralysis,cerebral palsy), might be autistic and need one, ...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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Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Not always: Autism is a categorical diagnosis based on observable behaviors. Genetic tests are part of medical evaluation, as are thorough physical & neurological exams. We examine & measure head size (often large) facial features, & other body parts for dysmorphism (unusual appearance) & use a woods lamp to see abnormal skin pigmentation.. Over 30 known syndromes cause autism & intellectual disability. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of my children having autism?

See below: 1-2% incidence in the US for autism. 6% incidence for the full spectrum of PDD. Check my health tips on PDD. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index.Shtml or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd.Shtml. ...Read more

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On the spectrum children and autism?

On the spectrum children and autism?

PDD-NOS: The diagnostic and statistical manual iv-text revision defines pervasive developmental disorder as having some, but not all, of the criteria for autism. The dsm-v will combine pdd-nos, asperger's syndrome and autism into autistic disorder, so that all children " on the spectrum" may receive funding and services. Autistic disorders are neurodevelopmental, but still defined as psychiatric disorders. ...Read more

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Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read more

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Can children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

No: Unless there is an underlying case of macrocephaly from hydrocephalus the "standard" autistic child has a smiler size head to anyone else. ...Read more

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What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp i. ...Read more

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Can brigance assessment be used to children with autism?

Can brigance assessment be used to children with autism?

Teachers screen: kids in PK - elementary school with the Brigance System to obtain age-equivalents in specific abilities for yearly revision of Individual Educational Plans. Child Psychologists & Neuropsychologists use standardized tests of IQ & adaptive skills at age 5 & older to diagnose Intellectual Disability, comorbid in 35-65% of kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder & other tools to define degree of ASD. ...Read more

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Why are family holidays difficult for children with autism?

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 more

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What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks.org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more

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

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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What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in children with autism ?

What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in children with autism ?

Redirection: As with most kids, trying to change what is happening at the moment by directing the child to do something different. We too often yell at kids for bad behavior, so pick your battles and save the important reprimands for major stuff. Most of the other behaviors should attempted to be changed by reinforcement of new projects or challenges. ...Read more

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Which is the new medication for treating autism in children and teenagers?

Which is the new medication for treating autism in children and teenagers?

Abilify (aripiprazole) for symptoms: In my experience, Abilify (aripiprazole) can often ameliorate the irritability of some children who have a diagnosis of autism. Suramin, used for years as an anti protozoan agent, has shown some promise in mice for reversing some aspects of a theoretic cause of autism and is apparently now in human clinical trials. Perhaps this is what you had in mind when asking about a new autism medication. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are military children more likely to be born with autism?

I'm wondering why are military children more likely to be born with autism?

Uncertain: On average 1 in 110 kids will be diagnosed with autism. Military families have an average of 1 in 88 kids diagnosed with autism. This statistic comes from a website seeking resources to assist military families. It is called 'act today.' i can not find a citation for this statistic. I doubt that there is a definitive answer. Families with children with autism require special resources. ...Read more

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Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

I think it's from: Both the delays in social development + perseverative interest in anything that's preferred. The simplistic language of pre-school shows is delivered in high-pitched, emphatic, repetitive " snippets", great for delayed echolalia. Age-appropriate shows have confusing complex language ; social interactions. Game shows have sound effects, short verbal interchange, rolling credits ; catchy music. ...Read more

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Could exposure to china's lead-based paint products cause autism in children?

Could exposure to china's lead-based paint products cause autism in children?

Unlikely : The mental impairments associated with lead toxicity are qualitatively different from the autism spectrum, so childhood exposure to these compounds while bad, would not yield autism. There is room for speculation on whether a mothers exposure to toxic substances in life could cause the genetic codon changes in her eggs that are later identified in autistic kids. ...Read more

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For what length of time does it take for children to get diagnosed with autism?

M-CHAT...: ...Is valid starting at about 18 months. The shorter version is available here: http://www.Howtolearn.Com/2012/04/the-long-the-short-of-it-autism-screening-test-goes-mini-for-maxi-time-savings/. ...Read more

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Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

No/yes: Autistic kids have major behavioral problems. But this is very different from conduct disorder. Autistic kids react according to their perception of the environment. They don't comprehend what others do. That isn't a conduct problem it's a comprehension problem. Treaments are available to help these symptoms. ...Read more

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It is necessary cfgf diet for autistic children 12 years old with mild autism rate?

It is necessary cfgf diet for autistic children 12 years old with mild autism rate?

Not necessary : More than that , wholesome diet cutting overpocessed foods eg minimizing corn syrup, high sugar foods/drinks, msg , food with long list of preservatives, is always best. Heighten veggies eg hide in food. No formal studies have proven gluten free or celiac free is a general answer. Yet some people swear by it- no harm in trying for 1-2 months and see of helps. Transition foods very slowly :) ...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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Where can I read about children with autism/and their relation with some having dysautonomia?

Familial Dysautono-: Mia is not one of the >! 30 genetic syndromes known to cause autism & intellectual disability. Speech/language & motor delays & seizures caused by breath-holding or a seizure disorder are common in fd. Molecular genetic testing, recommended for all children with ASD (+ dna probe for fragile x ) would detect fd. Autism is a categorical diagnosis, not an etiologic (causative) diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors : Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks.post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...Read more

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