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How Long Does It Take For A Child To Be Tested For Autism
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How do you get a child tested for autism if everyone, including doctor's refuse? My child has the signs and symptoms.
Not Ever Totally: There are many degrees of autism. Although total cure is unknown, with proper, proven therapy, there can be huge improvement.So great, that some are able to function almost normally in society. Unfortunately, there are more severe cases that will never do well. The earlier the diagnosis, the greater chances of improvement. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
A team with a Devel-: Opmental/behavioral pediatrician, child neuropsychologist, etc., spend 6-12 hrs. Or > assessing cognitive, social/adaptive, communication, fine & gross motor development by 1) review of prenatal-current medical, developmental & family history 2) standardized checklists & tests of current functioning & degree of autism & 3)medical evaluation for etiology, including neurological & genetic testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
In infancy?: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more
Yes: But keep in mind most people with autism are not aggressive. Aggressive episodes can be triggered by changes in routine, overwhelming anxiety, someone not allowing the person to engage in his or her desired behavior, or being in pain (e.g. Having an ear infection). Aggression in autism can also sometimes take the form of the person being aggressive to him/herself (self injurious behavior). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medical causes?: Medical evaluation is done in a child with autism to try to find the cause: thorough physical exam, measure head, ears, eyes and more, look for major or minor unusual features, skin pigmentation. Complete neurological exam. Assess all areas of development. Genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x on all; other labs if needed. Mri of brain, eeg if warranted by history or neurological findings. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: Focus on what you know are the child's preferences, likes, and wants. Maybe its a toy, activity, or snack--have the child gain access to that item when they engage with you. This will pair your interaction with something they already like---something reinforcing. Some great reading are the book written by drs. Patricia krantz and lynn mcclannahan. They have great strategies. ...Read more
Some early signs are: decreased eye-to-face gaze at any time & ABSENCE OF social smile by 2 mos., reciprocal gooing & cooing by 4 mos., raising arms to be picked up & babbling @ 6 mos., imitating " pat-a-cake", etc. & consistent turning to name @ 9 mos., responsive wave "bye" @ 10 mos., & pointing with index finger for wants @ 12 mos. Having bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") is also a clue. See firstsigns.org. ...Read more
If high functioning: Provided they have the right supports at School making sure that he has an IEP which is indicated for autism. IEP stands for individualized educational program which poses legal responsibility upon the school to help the child. A formal request by letter from the parent can be made for this-stating what are the issues that need support simply stating then that IEP is needed as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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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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