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How can I tell if my autistic son who can't speak has a concussion?

How can I tell if my autistic son who can't speak has a concussion?

Diagnose concussion: The hallmark of concussion is an altered mental status (level of alertness and responsiveness). Look for a change in behavior or difficulty following directions. Look for any change in his ability to carry out his usual tasks. ...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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Nurse just called to set up appointment for my son. How do I tell him he might have autism spectrum disorder and needs to see doctor?

Nurse just called to set up appointment for my son. How do I tell him he might have autism spectrum disorder and needs to see doctor?

Neurodevelopmental : Neuro-developmental problems like autism spectrum are just that developmental problems and should not be thought of as pathology. We have yet to understand enough about the pathology of the brain/mind to even have a specific test for these disorders. An extremely important part of intervention is psycho-educational counseling for both the parents and child. ...Read more

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My son is autistic and now there saying he has a chiari 1malformation is this serious or dangerous what are they gonna do about it?

My son is autistic and now there saying he has a chiari 1malformation is this serious or dangerous what are they gonna do about it?

Chiari type 1: A chiari type malformation means the tonsils portion of the cerebellum extends through the foramen magnum of the skull if there are no symptoms of headaches or increased pressure on the brain, there is not likely to be any intervention. This situation should be followed by a neurologist, who will help you monitor for signs requiring intervention. ...Read more

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My son is autistic and recently diagnosed aspergers but he doesn't speak can this be wrong?

My son is autistic and recently diagnosed aspergers but he doesn't speak can this be wrong?

The diagnosis of : Asperger Syndrome has been subsumed into Autistic Spectrum Disorder, which has 3 levels classified by the intensity of supports & services needed to maximize functioning. The outdated diagnosis AS include an overall IQ of 70 or above and no significant delays in speech & language at age 3-4. Therefore, his symptoms would not have fit the old diagnosis & will fit ASD level 3, not level 1. ...Read more

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My son is autistic and he gets hiccups in his sleep they don't wake home up but last about 20 min why?

My son is autistic and he gets hiccups in his sleep they don't wake home up but last about 20 min why?

Sleep apnea?: There is nothing I've heard regarding a connection w/ autism, but hiccups during sleep have been related to the breathing pattern that can occur in sleep apnea. Hiccups are caused by involuntary movements of the diaphragm which might be set off by the disturbed breath rhythms. Perhaps his pediatrician can evaluate this and either treat him for it or refer to a sleep specialist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can autistic kids be social? My son was diagnosis with hfa and is extremely social.

Can autistic kids be social?   My son was diagnosis with hfa and is extremely social.

Theory of Mind (ToM): Many children & teens with iq's >70 & mild autism desire friendships, but ?ed tom (ability to understand that others may have a different point of view) gets in the way. Put candy in an obvious, empty band-aid box &, with dad elsewhere, ask your son, "what will dad think is in this box?" if he says, "candy, " (because that's what he knows is in the box), social skills group therapy can help him. ...Read more

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My son is 3, his an autism and how can I understand him bether?

My son is 3, his an autism and how can I understand him bether?

Autism: Autism is a very complex, wide-spectrum disorder. I know that the feelings and emotions you are experiencing are confusing and troublesome. However, I am proud of you for taking such a proactive interest in your son's well being. That indicates he will have a better prognosis. There are many books and websites explaining autism. A good starting point is http://www.Autismspeaks.Org/what-autism ...Read more

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

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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Are there different types if autism and how would i get my son jacob tested.

Are there different types if autism and how would i get my son jacob tested.

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. Consult a child psychiatrist for workup. ...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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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Children's Health (Definition)

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