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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)

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 ...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?

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

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My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

Can only talk odds: Without even knowing your child's age or severity of symptoms, any answer is going to be highly general. Yes, some children with autism get better, sometimes markedly so; however, most continue to have problems lifelong. Usually, even with children with no problems, knowing what kind of life they will lead is impossible to guess until they make it through their teens. ...Read more

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My three brothers have autism i don't have it. Two are my half brothers. If i get pregnant, what are the chances that my child with have autism?

Can't tell, but...: Over recent decades, more people describe themselves (or are called by others) as autistic. That creates a big group of people with various disorders, but who have in common their autistic features. Some have known causes (other disorders) that cause their autistic features, but many or most have unknown causes. A geneticist can help look at the sibling's disorders to see if it might be hereditary. ...Read more

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School psychologist wants my child to get tested for autism. Should we?

School psychologist wants my child to get tested for autism. Should we?

I'd say yes: Schools don't offer children access to special education supports unless there are real concerns, be open with them;if it didn't make sense to you the 1st time, request another meeting. If the " a" word surprised you, it may mean that your child has good cognitive skills, but struggles with reading comprehension, grasping concepts in math or relating to peers, often noticed in 3rd-4th grade. ...Read more

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If a child's father did drugs but the mother did not do any could the child develop autism from the drugs the father did?

That has yet to be : Proven, although some old studies showed Cocaine could attach to sperm & children of men with chronic alcoholism have lower overall iq's than the general population. Drugs are teratogens that have to pass through the mother's bloodstream & cross the placenta to the fetal brain to cause damage. While no illicit drug specifically causes autism, it may be part of the neurodevelopmental profile. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

Depends: There is no sure answer. Some kids, two weeks. Some kids six months. Some kids never. Some need other restrictions too, possibly dairy, possibly soy. Every child is different and no one treatment will work for each child, and some children will have a profound change, some a little bit, and some not at all. This makes it hard to do controlled studies, because there is not just one autism. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet, if indeed he is going to respond?

How long does it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet, if indeed he is going to respond?

Separate out issues: If the kid has gluten sensitivity confirmed by lab tests and or intestinal biopsy, going gluten free can reduce the related digestive issues like it would any normal kid.It will not reverse autism or autism specific symptoms. Institution of restrictive diets can give you something to do, but is a waste of effort for most parents.With such issues there is always another "cure" just around the bend ...Read more

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Is it possible for ds to be misdiagnosed as autism and how can I get my child's doctor to check my child for ds?

Is it possible for ds to be misdiagnosed  as autism and how can I get my child's doctor to check my child for ds?

Down Syndrome : Doesn't preclude a diagnosis of autism, tho autistic regression can occur later than 15-21 mos. In children with down syndrome. All children with intellectual disability &/ or autism deserve blood tests called genetic microarray or cgh & dna probe for fragile x to look for genetic errors that can cause either or both. Down syndrome can be diagnosed by chromosome analysis, as well. ...Read more

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How do you get a child tested for autism if everyone, including doctor's refuse? My child has the signs and symptoms.

How do you get a child tested for autism if everyone, including doctor's refuse? My child has the signs and symptoms.

Get another doctor!!: Your concerns must be addressed; to be dismissed by your doctor is concerning. Your child should be appropriately tested and a referral to a specialist is warranted. Persevere, early treatment can be very helpful. ...Read more

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

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