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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?

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.

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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What makes a child autistic?

What makes a child autistic?

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.

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How can I deal with autistic child?

How can I deal with autistic child?

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.

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How to know your child is autistic?

How to know your child is autistic?

ASD: This site is an excellent reference, but having your child evaluated is the best way. Http://www. Firstsigns. Org

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How can I know if my child is autistic?

How can I know if my child is autistic?

Evaluation: Please talk with your pediatrician and discuss it with him/her and whether or not an evaluation is indicated.

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When can you tell your child is autistic?

When can you tell your child is autistic?

Infancy: Excellent studies have shown that we can do it by 6 months of age and can also begin to obtain excellent help for it

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How difficult is it to raise an autistic child?

How difficult is it to raise an autistic child?

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.

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What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

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.

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Is it usual for an autistic child not to eat much?

Is it usual for an autistic child not to eat much?

Is he growing?: Kids with autism, frequently have trouble accepting different textures and flavors. As long as his rate of growth is normal, and he eats a variety of foods, stick with what he likes and little by little you can try adding new foods.

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How can I support my autistic child as they develop?

How can I support my autistic child as they develop?

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.

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How can I determine if my child is slightly autistic?

How can I determine if my child is slightly autistic?

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.

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Is there any signs for being an autistic child silent?

Is there any signs for being an autistic child silent?

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.

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What is the probability of us having an autistic child?

What is the probability of us having an autistic child?

Decrease risks: 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.

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How do I reduce the chances of having an autistic child?

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.

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What benefits can a multivitim provide to an autistic child?

What benefits can a multivitim provide to an autistic child?

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.

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Is it true that a child that does not point must be autistic?

Is it true that a child that does not point must be autistic?

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.

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Is it normal for an autistic child to physically hurt another?

Is it normal for an autistic child to physically hurt another?

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.

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What's an effective way to train or discipline autistic child?

What's an effective way to train or discipline autistic child?

Different Strokes...: Each autistic child is so different, that this question needs to be asked of your therapist, in order to design a unique plan for your child.

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Is there a method to reduce the chances of having an autistic child?

Is there a method to reduce the chances of having an autistic child?

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.

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