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Doctor insights on: Hypotonia In Children With Autism

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

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


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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read more

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Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

They often can: Autism spectrum disorders are complex in terms of cognitive functioning., language, learning disorders, memory, motor and sensory disorders, executive functions, and even rarer neuropsychological factors. Even children labeled "mild" can be very different. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to assess these skills can be expensive, but can zero in on learning strategies and needs. ...Read more

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Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

No More Than Others: There is currently no research supporting the notion that the older the mom, the more likely that their kids will have learning disabilities. ...Read more

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How often is there delayed motor development in kids with pvl?

How often is there delayed motor development in kids with pvl?

PVL: Unfortunately, pretty common. That child will end up being followed closely by a neurologist and likely need physical therapy among other therapies. ...Read more

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Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Usually some: By definition, kids with asperger's disorder have relatively intact language ability. A child with more severe language problems would be diagnosed with a more severe autistic spectrum disorder. That being said, kids with asperger's often have difficulty maintaining "normal" conversations, regulating tone of voice, catching other people's social cues and body language, and understanding humor. ...Read more

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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read more

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Is snoring linked to speech difficulties in children?

Is snoring linked to speech difficulties in children?

Snoring and Speech: Generally snoring and speech are not related. Not sure, go see an ENT to get an opinion. ...Read more

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What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

It's common: While i don't have a specific percentage, it's pretty common, and most of the kids i see have a sleep disorder of some sort. Sometimes it's difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, winding down, or having a correct day/night cycle. There are medications that can help, but consult with your pediatrician and / or a sleep expert to get a specific regimen. ...Read more

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What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

Watch the child: Red flags: lack of or regression of language development, lack of pointing to objects, lack of eye contact, doesn't play with toys in a 'typical fashion'. More obsessed with the parts of toys (eg wheels) than the toy itself. Intense interest in certain objects. Repetative movements, toe walking, lack or normal bowel movements (either too loose or too hard, or alternating). None for sure, . ...Read more

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What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

Considerable: Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays. Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can shy children have autism?

Can shy children have autism?

Not really.: Shy children usually do fine with familiar people, just not so well with others. Autism is a constant condition that affects social interactions with everyone and also affects language development and is associated with odd or unusual behaviors. Shyness may be from anxiety or just a personality trait. ...Read more

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What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp i. ...Read more

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Do kids with microtia generally have learning disabilities?

Do kids with microtia generally have learning disabilities?

If hearing-impaired,: even a mild unilateral hearing loss, babies with microtia need Early Intervention at 0-3 & Early Childhood Special Ed. thru the school district at 3 -5 for receptive/expressive language delay, a precursor of dyslexia & disorder of written expression, & a Craniofacial Team evaluation. Of the 53 gene mutations known to cause Microtia, 5 also cause Intellectual Disability. See my comment. ...Read more

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Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Sek referral to the : Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Evaluation+Services+Child+Development+Unit. The Autism team is affiliated with Autism Speaks: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/autism. They will help you with all aspects of evaluation, treatment & family support services. ...Read more

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What are autism and ADHD affected infants?

What are autism and ADHD affected infants?

Differences: I would look at the primary symptoms of social connection/disconnection. Autistic children are more difficulty to engage, establish eye contact, follow faces, learn familiar faces, and often don't coo or babble with their care givers. Adhd infants are usually quite social and interactive with their caregivers. In fact, because we give them so much attention, they may not even seem inattentive. ...Read more

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Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

No/yes: Autistic kids have major behavioral problems. But this is very different from conduct disorder. Autistic kids react according to their perception of the environment. They don't comprehend what others do. That isn't a conduct problem it's a comprehension problem. Treaments are available to help these symptoms. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

No: Birth order is not a specific risk factor for cerebral palsy. It is however more likely to occur in children born prematurely. ...Read more

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In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

Statistics: Its a way of rephrasing the statistics. The cdc states 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism by age 8. ...Read more

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Tips for working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Tips for working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Patience: It's easy to be frustrated with a child who is angry, sullen, amotivated, has a drop in grades, is defiant, looks sloppy etc. Those are behaviors that might be seen in a depressed child. A bipolar child may be even more of a handful. When i work with difficult people, i just keep reminding myself that they are suffering. This allows me to feel some empathy - especially when I am losing patience. ...Read more

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


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Weak Muscle Tone (Definition)

Many physicians use this as the word atrophy in their notes. Typically used to describe a smaller appearance of a muscle or muscle group. Can be seen post operatively as well as ...Read more