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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
I learned that certain vaccines can lead to giving your child autism while in the stomach. Is that true?
Fraudulent research: Dr wakefield was a british GI doc that took 8 kids sent to him by lawyers, did various tests & drew blood from normal kids. In 1998 his paper proposed a link to the MMR & enlarged GI lymph glands & autism.He stood to make millions on tests he patented.A trial in the us showed his research was made up & had no link of vaccines to autism. He lost his license & left britain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: In 2010 data, the average cost for a middle class family to raise a child from birth to 18 years was $222, 360 (22 % higher than 1960's). This does not include college costs. Depending on the level of functioning, independence-adjustments need to be factored in. Where you live; are you a single parent; what's your income; public vs private school...All will have to be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on what you mean by violent. If by violent you mean life or limb threatening then you will need to use medication (oral or injectable) to terminate the event. You can also use similar meds to prevent the fits. Teaching self soothing skills and hypnosis can be of value to prevent the fits of rage as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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