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My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

Autism's origins: New studies on chromosomal material have shown a number of autism cases related to sporadic changes(micro deletions or insertions) in the genetic code that probably occurred prior to conception. Of rare families with >1 affected child, this appears to be the case. Newly affected families have little if any chance of replicating that event, or sharing it across family lines. ...Read more

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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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If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

Undersatnding: Asperger's syndrome and its complexity, helps 2 better manage the challenging issues & relationships children & adults affected by the disorder, have w/ environment. In addition 2 medical & behavioral help ur son need 2 have, 2 books by daniel tammet, autistic savant: "born on a blue day" autobio & "embracing the wide sky" more informative on asperger's r both great sources of info. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My husband's brother is autistic. How big is our chance of getting a child with autism?

My husband's brother is autistic.  How big is our chance of getting a child with autism?

Good question: I understand your concern. My understanding is that given the range of ''autism'', first is there other instances on your husband's side. (i suspect not, think you would have included that). Let's start with probably little. Now, please consult with your gynecologist for his opinion and that of a geneticist. But, still no guarantee. I believe chance will be on your side. Take care. ...Read more

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My child smells everything in sight. Is she autistic?

My child smells everything in sight. Is she autistic?

How old is she?: Some small children do like to smell things yet are completely normal. Since you're very concerned, please talk with your daughter's pediatrician about this behavior. Autism can include some unusual behaviors, but far more than this is needed for the diagnosis. ...Read more

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My niece is autistic, is this a risk for my children?

My niece is autistic, is this a risk for my children?

That depends on the : results of her Chromosonal a Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X, whether she is your sister's or brother's child & your 3-generation family medical &/or psychiatric history of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & illnesses in which the incidence of ASD is increased. It also depends on your taking .4mg. of Folic Acid daily starting 3 mos. before & having a flu vaccine 2 mos. before conception. ...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. ...Read more

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My daughter is four. I'm worried about her development. Is autism an inherited trait or a developmental trait based on the child's environment?

Inherited latest: The latest thinking is that genes play a strong role. Much research is ongoing in autism genetics with some great discoveries. If you are concerned about her development, then I'm concerned too! At your daughter's age, she should be able to have a thorough evaluation and reach a diagnosis of developmental disorder, or not. Start with your general pediatrician and seek specialty care if necessary ...Read more

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My 3.3 year old daughter diagnosed of Autism Spectrum Disorder. what is my intervention?

Wide range of things: Find if possible a Developmentalist and go from there. Impossible to answer in 400 spaces! ...Read more

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Can autistic kids be social? My son was diagnosis with hfa and is extremely social.

Can autistic kids be social?   My son was diagnosis with hfa and is extremely social.

Theory of Mind (ToM): Many children & teens with iq's >70 & mild autism desire friendships, but ?ed tom (ability to understand that others may have a different point of view) gets in the way. Put candy in an obvious, empty band-aid box &, with dad elsewhere, ask your son, "what will dad think is in this box?" if he says, "candy, " (because that's what he knows is in the box), social skills group therapy can help him. ...Read more

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My child has a speech disorder, her school wants her in special olympics. Is that appropriate?

My child has a speech disorder, her school wants her in special olympics. Is that appropriate?

Hard to say.: How old is your child? Does she have any other developmental delays? Is her speech problem limiting her communication and ability to interact with other children? And, most important, does she wish to do Special Olympics? It can be a good way for her to meet other kids and compete in her own way, feeling accepted by others. Talk with her teacher or counselor for more info. ...Read more

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Will developmental testing tell if my daughter has autism?

Will developmental testing tell if my daughter has autism?

Done Properly..: If done by qualified experts , it should be able to make the diagnosis if it is present. ...Read more

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My son is 5 years old, verbal child on the autistic spectrum. I am having trouble making him mind me. Any disciplining tips?

My son is 5 years old, verbal child on the autistic spectrum. I am having trouble making him mind me. Any disciplining tips?

Autism: with high functioning autism, you need to establish good eye contact with your child. Try to stay consistent on dealing with the same behavior the same way everytime. Use flash cards with colors and commands and set incentive to get him to do what you want. ...Read more

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Hi, how can I know if a child is gifted or has Asperger syndrome? My child is very smart but he lives in his own world especially at school.

Hi, how can I know if a child is gifted or has Asperger syndrome? My child is very smart but he lives in his own world especially at school.

Asperger's syndrome: This requires an evaluation by a child psychologist or psychiatrist with specialized expertise in this area. There are many insurance issues surrounding this diagnosis as well, in terms of which diagnoses will be covered for which treatments.The testing should therefor be done at a specialty children's hospital and be extremely thorough so both you and the school know what ails your child. ...Read more

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My child has Aspergers and lately her behaviour is becoming increasingly difficult. She is having multiple meltdowns at school out and at home.

My child has Aspergers and lately her behaviour is becoming increasingly difficult. She is having multiple meltdowns at school out and at home.

Autism Spectrum D/O: Is your child seeing a developmental specialist or a child psychiatrist or psychologist? This can be a really challenging problem and seeing an appropriate health professional may serve you the best. Take care. ...Read more

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Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

It is hard to say ..: You did not provide enough clinical information. Does this happen in all environments or does he save these behaviors for you specifically. Does he exhibit periods of time where he is engaged in activities with other children: does he understand the language you use with him, does he have a range of emotions: happy, sad, etc. You should discuss these questions with your Pediatric Specialist- KB ...Read more

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Will my son outgrow his dyslexia? My son was diagnosed with dyslexia last year in third grade. He is still struggling a lot with reading and writing. Will he outgrow dyslexia as his brain develops? .

Will my son outgrow his dyslexia? My son was diagnosed with dyslexia last year in third grade. He is still struggling a lot with reading and writing. Will he outgrow dyslexia as his brain develops?

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No, but his reading: decoding can improve with intensive multi-modal reading therapy like LindaMood Bell. Read " Overcoming Dyslexia" by Dr. Sally Shaywitz. If the school is doing Response to Intervention, you can request a Multi-Disciplinary Team Evaluation for eligibility for an Individualized Educational Plan at any time during RTI Levels 1,2 or 3. Lexialearning.org has modules to improve phonological awareness. ...Read more

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Is ADHD hereditary? My husband has adhd. Is ADHD an inherited condition? Will our children have it? .

Is ADHD hereditary? My husband has adhd. Is ADHD an inherited condition? Will our children have it?

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Runs in families: ADHD tends to run in families, especially among males. There is no way to predict if a future child will have aDHD. ...Read more

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My child has charge syndrome and behavior is worse now he is older. What can I do?

My child has charge syndrome and behavior is worse now he is older. What can I do?

CHARGE syndrome: You have to go to the major University Medical Center and find the geneticist and the Developmentalist who will be able to put you in touch with whatever resources exist where you live. Use the Internet too. ...Read more

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My son is 11 month old he is not walk is that normal?

My son is 11 month old he is not walk  is that normal?

Yes: There is abroad range of normal for this ,9-15 mo.He should be pulling up to stand by now, but independent walking may take a while. ...Read more

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