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My daughter needs help with fine motor skills. Is this a sign or symptom of a learning disability?

My daughter needs help with fine motor skills. Is this a sign or symptom of a learning disability?

Not necessarily: Delay of fine motor skills in and of itself does not necessarily correlate to cognitive delay. It may be neuromuscular in nature or a developmental delay that simply requires some therapy. Important information would include delay in other milestones. Please speak with your pediatrician for further evaluation and guidance. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Missed Developmental Milestones (Definition)

We expect babies and children to be able to do certain things by certain ages. We know not every child is the same, and also have to take into account things like prematurity. For instance, most babies are pulling up on furniture and attempting to take a first step around their first birthday. If they get to 15-16 months and aren't doing it, we say that's a delayed ...Read more


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Can delay in language also be a cause of poor response to name in a 2 year old. Hearing ok, social, no repetative behaviour, does pretend plays.

Can delay in language also be a cause of poor response to name in a 2 year old. Hearing ok, social, no repetative behaviour, does pretend plays.

Real concern...: ...it is imperative that you get your child examined by a behavioral/developmental pediatrician. No it is not normal an inadequate response to his/her name... ...Read more

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Would a sensory integration disorder be a symptom of Asperger's syndrome? my now 11yr old daughter was diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder 1yr ago. however when I'm speaking to others about her symptoms the first comment I hear usually is 'oh

Would a sensory integration disorder be a symptom of Asperger's syndrome? my now 11yr old daughter was diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder 1yr ago. however when I'm speaking to others about her symptoms the first comment I hear usually is 'oh

Hi, : Hi, concur with dr. Rinker. Aspergers syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. Autism, is the most impairing of the autism spectrum disorders. Pervasive developmental disorder comes next and children with aspergers are usually the highest functioning of three. Children with autism spectrum disorder usually have sensory overload which includes tactile stimulation. I recommend talking directly with your daughter's psychiatrist about how best to deal with her tactile sensitivity. One quick option is the use of a camisole that is made of smooth or silky material as an undergarment. It is likely to create less friction against the nipples without highlighting just her nipples. Additionally, pulling bandaids off of skin repeatedly could be quite painful - especially in a child who is already sensitive. I hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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Could a speech and language delay effect a child in terms of pretend play?

Could a speech and language delay effect a child in terms of pretend play?

Not necessarily: Children are very reislient and adaptive. Pretend play will simply be more nonverbal in this case. Pretend play can also be an outlet for frustration...Encourage the play, read to your child, and hopefully with a known delay there is therapy to help improve the delay... ...Read more

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17 year old male come from a big boned family, he very small, with a speach immpetiment, anger issues & puberty delays, possible crack baby?

17 year old male come from a big boned family, he very small, with a speach immpetiment, anger issues & puberty delays, possible crack baby?

FAS/E? : This is very typical of fetal alcohol exposure/ syndrome. These patients tend to be of short stature, have anger management problems, learning disabilities, developmental delay and social disconnectedness. ...Read more

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20 month old has verba, social, and communication delays. Could this be signs of autism and how to differentiate ASD from aa development delay ?

20 month old has verba, social,  and communication delays.  Could this be signs of autism and how to differentiate ASD from aa development delay ?

Social interaction : A few things. One it's important to have a hearing test to rule out hearing impairment. A hallmark of ASD is abnormal social functioning such as preferring not to be held or cuddled. Limited eye contact or interest in conversation. ASD often also presents with delays. Delays alone, however, are less likely to have social dysfunction and are usually more specific. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is kissing a high-risk behavior, low-risk behavior, or a no-risk behavior for contracting hiv? I'm a high school student and i'm taking a health & physical education course. I'm having a hard time finding the answer to this question.

Is kissing a high-risk behavior, low-risk behavior, or a no-risk behavior for contracting hiv? I'm a high school student and i'm taking a health & physical education course. I'm having a hard time finding the answer to this question.

According : According to the center for disease control (one of the best sources for accurate information): "it depends on the type of kissing. There is no risk from closed-mouth kissing. There is an extremely low-risk from deep, open-mouth kissing if there are sores or bleeding gums and blood is exchanged. Therefore, persons living with HIV should avoid this behavior with a non-infected partner." for the sake of your homework, i'd go with no-risk. Below i've attached the cdc website on HIV transmission. Maybe you'll get extra credit for specifying the no-risk vs. Low risk behaviors. ...Read more

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26 month old male w/Apraxia. Is this a dx or a symptom? Minor core weakness, no other issues. What should we do now? Speech 3X a week right now.

26 month old male w/Apraxia. Is this a dx or a symptom? Minor core weakness, no other issues. What should we do now? Speech 3X a week right now.

Seek a medical : diagnosis from a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician AND get a free assessment of his development in all streams + autism-specific testing & Early Intervention Services at Child and Family Connections, (630) 879-2277. Developmental Apraxia is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder; rule out Receptive & Expressive Language Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder &/or Global Developmental Disorder first. ...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?

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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Idevelopmental delay and learning difficulties across the board and language delay , my child is 6 and 22 months behind should school take it serious ?

Idevelopmental delay and learning difficulties across the board and language delay , my child is 6 and 22 months behind should school take it serious ?

The earlier you help: developmental delays the better. Please seek professional help from a specialist. Special tutors and speech therapy can be very effective and your child will feel less frustrated. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it possible to carry a baby after myself had suffered a rare syndrome "sternal cleft hemangioma syndrome" at birth plus stroke at 8 mnths old?

Is it possible to carry a baby after myself had suffered a rare syndrome "sternal cleft hemangioma syndrome" at birth plus stroke at 8 mnths old?

Depends: The questions that need to be answered include what other manifestations of the syndrome have affected you. Do you have adequate cardiovascular and respiratory reserve to tolerate a pregnancy? You need to consult with an obstetrician who can get you properly evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there a difference between high functioning autism and pdd-nos? My sons diagnosis changed to PDD after his 6 month checkup.

Too early to be sure: It is much too early to be sure what pattern of behavior your child will ultimately develop. Discuss the situation with your pediatrician and get an opinion from an autism specialist. ...Read more

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Baby boy is a 1month+5days old and he won't look anyone in their eyes. Is it true that is a sign of Autism or Developmental delays ?

Baby boy is a 1month+5days old and he won't look anyone in their eyes. Is it true that is a sign of Autism or Developmental delays ?

Concerning: Visual development in infants is stimulated by contrast, so young infants will often look at the edge of your face or head rather than the eyes, but some brief eye contact, particularly when nursing, is expected. Pediatric ophthalmologists can evaluate your baby for vision loss, otherwise careful monitoring by your pediatrician can help early diagnosis of autism. ...Read more

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Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Could be normal: As they say, there are no "pathognomic signs" -- nothing which definitively establishes that a person has this or that disorder. So it could be normal; it could be not normal but not autism; or it could conceivably be autism. However, it would be unwise to be concerned that avoiding eye contact alone, as an isolated feature, points to autism, when it may be, as you suggest, nothing. ...Read more

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Help please! is ADHD a serious disorder or a flimsy and periodically normal pattern of behaviour?

Help please! is ADHD a serious disorder or a flimsy and periodically normal pattern of behaviour?

Serious: True adhd is a serious disorder.3-5 times as many car accidents, more job changes and an increased divorce rate all are associations with uncontrolled adult adhd.The key is proper diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

No Delay: There is no evidence that teaching sign language would delay speech ability in the long run. The american sign language association has numerous helpful tips; please review them and discuss this issue with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is a receptive and expressive language impairment , my child is 6 and told she has this and learning disibility and mild anxiety, thanks ?

What is a receptive and expressive language impairment , my child is 6 and told she has this  and learning disibility and mild anxiety, thanks ?

Receptive language: has tto do w/the ability to process/understand what is being said to your daughter. Expressive language has to do w/her ability to make herself known/understood w/language. Learning specialists, perhaps found through your school district or doc, can help. All of the above can make her anxious, which interferes w/communication. Lots of reasons to hope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is oppositional defiance disorder real or is it just a sign of a lack of discipline at home?

Is oppositional defiance disorder real or is it just a sign of a lack of discipline at home?

Real: Oppositional defiance disorder (odd) is a difficult to manage behavior disorder which has a biologic cause. Severe discipline or lax discipline may worsen the behavior; you may need some advanced parenting skills to manage the behavior . The majority of children with odd also have adhd. Your doctor can recommend a behavior specialist to help you develop a workable behavior plan. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Developmental Delay (Definition)

As children move along in age, they should also do so in developmental stages of motor, languag, and personal social areas. When these areas lag expectations, it is ...Read more