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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. ...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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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it typical for an autistic child to physicaly hurt another person?

Many are aggressive : But not all. Here is an excellent resource on the issue. I live with my grandson who is 6 years old and has autism. He seems to get aggressive if he does not understand why he is being told " no." www.Autism.Com/index.Php/treating_tips video presentation: addressing challenging behaviors: strategies for tantrumming, aggression, self-injury, and food refusal- presented by melissa olive, phd, bcba-d. ...Read more

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How young can you first notice the social differences of an autistic child?

How young can you first notice the social differences of an autistic child?

Very early: Many autistic children do not interact normally with caretakers starting shortly after birth. This, however, varies greatly because the condition call autism actually involves a wide range of disorders. ...Read more

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If an autistic child doesn't seem hungry nor eat much either, is it ok to just let him be?

In general,: As long as the growth and physical development are normal, yes, leave them alone. ...Read more