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How To Calm Down An Autistic Child
How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?
It's more of a red: Flag that she needs a neurological exam by her pediatrician. Depending on prenatal, perinatal & post-natal history, there may have been changes in development of the white matter of her brain on the side opposite the extremities she disregards or doesn't use as well. If deep tendon reflexes & muscle tone/strength are asymmetrical, an MRI & pediatric neurology consult are warranted. ...Read more
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
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
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
Varies - Support Key: Severly autistic children can introduce high levels of stress into a home. It is extremely important that parents or other responsible adults seek out avenues of support and help in the community. Stress tends to increase in situations of isolation, so get whatever support you can to help in the situation. ...Read more
Exposing or allowing: Any child access to illicit drugs, like passive smoking of marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, etc., is Child Abuse. Kids' tox screens can be + for inhalants. Laws require doctors, therapists, school nurses, teachers, etc., to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services. Most kids with ASD tolerate tiny doses of psychotropic meds, but some develop mania, psychosis, stupor, etc. ...Read more
Toddlers who have: Language & whose parents learn & implement autism interventions at least 25 hours/week have improved outcomes. See www. Autismspeaks. Org/science/science-news/parent-training-program-shows-clear-gains-toddlers-autism. Parents who reinforce behavioral techniques their kids of any age learn in therapy promote better outcomes. Social skills therapy from developmental age 6 & > also helps greatly. ...Read more
Consult peditrician: Speak with your pediatrician and have your doctor do a screening review. If necessary, get a referral to a psychologist who can make the diagnosis. ...Read more
Pre-school aged: Children with autistic spectrum disorder who have have good pattern recognition & rote memory for learning shapes, colors, numbers & letters & talk about their narrow, repetitive areas of interest like " little professors" may go undiagnosed until social demands unmask non-compliance for following directions for non-preferred activities & lack of interactive, reciprocal pretend play with peers. ...Read more
Maybe the question should be how can we minimize our chances.
We can not ignore environmental factors and the ammount of chemicals in our life.
How is your diet? Do you find yourselves eating fast food frequently? How much toxins are you exposed to?
It is probablyi mportant to "detoxiify" our bodies prior to conception, some studies strongly suggest this link, and to some medication types. ...Read more
No clear answer: We still do not know the myriad causes of autism, so beware anyone who tells you how to ensure you don't have a child with autism. Most of the known factors that increase your risk--genetics, in utero viral exposure, complicated delivery--are outside your control. Best advice: get good prenatal care and recognized your odds still excellent that your child will not have autism. ...Read more
Probably none.: Most chidren, autistic or not, eat an adequate diet and do not require vitamns past the infancy period. If an autistic child does not eat a variety of foods, or eats alot of non-food items, then he might benefit from a multivitamin. Vitamins are not an appropriate treatment for autism. ...Read more
No, not true: A child who is growing fine, developing skills on time, interacting with other people, emotionally nice to be with, and smiles happily is likely normal. Such a child may point or not point, but it shouldn't matter, as the rest of his life looks normal. However, if a child has several odd traits or behaviors, and one of those behaviors is "not pointing", then he might (not must) be autistic. ...Read more
Not intentionally: Often children with autism spectrum do not understand social interaction. What may seem normal to them may seem aggressive to another. Often they do not understand their own strength. Often they explode with frustration rather than talk something out. These issues need to be part of behavioral therapy. ...Read more
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NO: We are just learning about risk factors associated with autism spectrum disorders. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with many different factors. Important to discuss with a genetic counselor if there is any family history. Learn more about autism by reading a wonderful book, the thinking person's guide to autism. ...Read more