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Doctor insights on: Informative Speech About Kids That Are Autistic

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Are autistic people concious about their autism?

Are autistic people concious about their autism?

Possibly: Those autistic individuals who are the most socially functional, such as high functioning autism and aspergers disorder may be very aware of their sutism as it interferes with socialization. If individuals are functioning at lower levels of cognitive function and social ability, they probably are not aware directly. If a person experiences frustration, with communication, they probably are. ...Read more

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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more


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What are some indestructible toys for autistic child?

What are some indestructible toys for autistic child?

Many treatments: There are a plethora of toys for autistic children that they can both play with & that will help with some of their sensory issues. Here is one site, but there are many others. If your child is seeing an occupational therapist, he can direct you to ones that are appropriate for your child. http://www.nationalautismresources.com/toysandgames.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwur2eBRDtvMS0gIuS-dYBEiQANBPMRwWJrUhXYH ...Read more

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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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Are there some video games that are helpful to a child's development?

Are there some video games that are helpful to a child's development?

See below: Truthfully, no. Video games may aid in development of hand eye coordination, but not much else. The videos, such as baby einstein, do not work. ...Read more

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Are autistic children able to speak?

Historically, 50% of: children with classical Autism are non-verbal, meaning they have a functional vocabulary of 50 or fewer words at or after age 6. With the lumping of PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome & Autism into a single diagnosis in the DSM-V of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Levels 1,2 &3 , 30% of children with ASD are non-verbal. Finding other ways for them to communicate is important, if their cognitive level allows. ...Read more

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Why do people keep talking about children suffering autism spectrum disorders? What about all the other kids?

Why do people keep talking about children suffering autism spectrum disorders?  What about all the other kids?

Good point: Kids with autism have "spikes" in development, leading us to feel that if we could "unlock" the child's brain, he might function independently as an adult, whereas kids with other genetic & medical neurodevelopmental disorders tend to have less dramatic splits in their cognitive abilities. Also, many genetic & epigenetic causes are known, but no single known "trigger" that precipitates symptoms. ...Read more

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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...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 percentage of kids are mentally gifted? How many kids are treated with ADHD actually are gifted?

What percentage of kids are mentally gifted? How many kids are treated with ADHD actually are gifted?

No relationship.: "gifted" refers to performance on standardized IQ testing, which is designed so that "average" is an IQ of 100 and, depending on your definition, 1 to 3.5 percent are in the highly superior range. Individuals with adhd, on average, are not more likely to be intellectually gifted than those without adhd. But, when matched for iq, those with adhd may perform less well. ...Read more

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Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

I think it's from: Both the delays in social development + perseverative interest in anything that's preferred. The simplistic language of pre-school shows is delivered in high-pitched, emphatic, repetitive " snippets", great for delayed echolalia. Age-appropriate shows have confusing complex language ; social interactions. Game shows have sound effects, short verbal interchange, rolling credits ; catchy music. ...Read more

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What are common questions about developmental stages and milestones?

What are common questions about developmental stages and milestones?

Sitting, walking: The most common questions about a baby's development have to do with their motor development and expressive abilities. Parents want to know when a baby will sit (around 6 months) walk (around 9-12 months) and talk (saying "mama" and "papa" close to when they are one year old). ...Read more

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Weird question. But medically relevant.Can fairly low IQ people have normal intelligence children? Not autistic/downs just lower IQ. Regularsmartkids?

Weird question. But medically relevant.Can fairly low IQ people have normal intelligence children? Not autistic/downs just lower IQ. Regularsmartkids?

Varies with cause: In some cases reduced mental function is caused by brain injury before or after pregnancy, alcohol exposure during brain development and or other issues which are not inherited. Some with low IQ's have genetic conditions that can be inherited. Down syndrome girls are fertile, and could have a normal infant (but also could produce one with Down syndrome with their expected limitations). ...Read more

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What are some activities for adults that improve social skills?

Therapy: Is a start. You could also check out dale carnegie courses or toastmasters in your area. ...Read more

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What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read more

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Daughter age 5. Speech and language say she has understanding, vocabulary, processing, poor concentration and her language is disordered what is wrong?

Daughter  age 5. Speech and language say she has understanding, vocabulary, processing, poor concentration and her language is disordered what is wrong?

Hard to say: This is a complex issue that cannot be addressed without a complete evaluation of the child.Physical exam, testing and the input of speech and language pathologists are needed.Even then, the problem may be defined but the origin may remain elusive.Some kids have this as part of another set of developmental problems while others are otherwise normal.Look for answers with a developmental specialist. ...Read more

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For speech language pathologists, what jobs are available for them at hospitals?

For speech language pathologists, what jobs are available for them at hospitals?

Speech path. jobs.: For the hospitals that can financially support them, there are jobs for speech pathologists, and what they do. As one can reason out, these jobs would most likely consist of helping people who have dysarthria which is inability to speak clearly either from a stroke or other cause. Many people have a lisp, etc. Which impairs pronounciation and speech pathologists help them form words better. ...Read more

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Is there babbling in sign language as babies are developing language skills?

Is there babbling in sign language as babies are developing language skills?

No: No, I have never heard of this in my 20 years of caring for children. Thanks for taking such an interest in your child's development and thanks for trusting in Healthtap! ...Read more

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What are the developmental milestones from 11 to 17 years old?

What are the developmental milestones from 11 to 17 years old?

Progress/independenc: We use developmental milestones largely up until age 4 or 5 to identify those with preschool deficits that can be helped.School then begins to challenge & identify those making progress toward independent thought & responsibility.The ability to master skill sets & accept responsibility for completing tasks at a peer equivalent basis demonstrates that process, . ...Read more

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Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

very unlikely : In most cases of developmental delay parents are not directly or indirectly responsible. Exceptions might include substance abuse during pregnancy, head trauma from abuse or severe neglect leading to failure to thrive but these will have other associated findings not just developmental delay. It is best to speak with the provider to make sure a thorough evaluation is done. ...Read more