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Do most with autism live independently?

Do most with autism live independently?

Depends.: Dependent on the individual on how he/she manages their activities of daily living/independence/dependence. Home management adjustments-bill paying, cleaning, entertaining. ...Read more

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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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Can people with autism spectrum disorder live independently on their own?

Can people with autism spectrum disorder live independently on their own?

Yes: Yes, depending on the indiviual level of functioning, many people with autism can function independantly. Of course there are those at the other end of the scale who will always need some degree of supervision. If you have met 1 person with autism, you have only met one person with autism. Everyone is unique. ...Read more

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How do people with autism cope with making public presentations?

Autism: Persons with autism are not all mentally retarded. Some have excellent personality inspite of weird repetitive behaviors and problem of communications.I think they can do presentatons ...Read more

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What is community care for with people with learning disabilities?

What is community care for with people with learning disabilities?

See below: It is an alternative to institutionalizing individuals with ld's into residential treatment facilities. Acceptance and intergration in the public communities are essential and vital to allowing them to have the best quality of life without preconception. Unfortunately, many in the communities are often opposed to these heterogeneous collection of individuals-ignorance and fear lend to this. ...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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Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Be supportive: Children with mood disorders have a lot of emotions, anxiety, sadness/depression, irritability and sometimes feel that no one cares about them. Encouraging them to do their best and showing them you care and believe in them helps them to feel safer around you and may help them to be more receptive to your instructions. Most children like to please adults and will do their best if they trust you. ...Read more

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How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

Our brain receives: And processes information through various parts of the brain, e.g., the speech center is in the left hemisphere and emotionality is in an area known as the libmic system. Verbal skills are highly developed in one part and recognition of nonverbal cues from face, tone of voice, etc. Are not as well developed, thus creating some social issues. Strengths and weakness vary for everyone. ...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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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

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Any helpful resources/books for family/spouse living with a bipolar person?

Any helpful resources/books for family/spouse living with a bipolar person?

Several: In addition to "an unquiet mind" by jamison, "when someone you love is bipolar: help and support for you and your partner " by last; "loving someone with bipolar disorder: understanding and helping your partner" by julie fast; and "bipolar disorder: a guide for patients and families (2nd edition)" by mondimore. ...Read more

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Does narcissism share similar behavioral patterns with Asperger's?

Does narcissism share similar behavioral patterns with Asperger's?

No. Autistic : Spectrum Disorder, Level 1 without Intellectual Disability has underlying deficits in face recognition, reciprocal social interaction & Theory of Mind. ASD is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder present at birth; environmental triggers of clinical symptoms are unknown. Narcissism, a mental illness , develops later, with a known environmental pattern. Genetic set-up exists, as it does for everything. ...Read more

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What are the coping strategies for living with illness or disability?

What are the coping strategies for living with illness or disability?

Remember Humanity: As difficult as it is to live with a recognized illness or disability, the invisible ones (like vision loss, mental illness, etc.) pose the additional challenge of being dismissed by able-bodied folks as minimal. Do not "become" your disability, but rather, seek to find meaning in the ways that you still can heal others, and in so doing, you heal yourself. ...Read more

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How does a person with borderline personality disorder cope with living alone?

How does a person with borderline personality disorder cope with living alone?

Treatment: Treatment of bpd involves both psychotherapy and medication, there is no single treatment modality that helps the person and there are no magic cures..Please seek help, current advances in treatment are amazingly helpful good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Do people with Asperger disorder enjoy science?

Yes they might: In my experience in treating people with asperger's disorder, they seem to science in a proportion similar to or perhaps slightly higher than the general population. But they may also dislike it, just like a person in the general population. ...Read more

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How to cope with living with someone with mental illness?

How to cope with living with someone with mental illness?

Mental Illness: Coping with living with someone who is mentally ill, depends on what type of illness this person has. National alliance on mental illness has lots of helpful information for families and significant others: http://www.Nami.Org/ also there may be support groups in your community. Ask your doctor and/or your relative's psychiatrist/nurses, etc. Be well! ...Read more

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Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Not always: Autism is a categorical diagnosis based on observable behaviors. Genetic tests are part of medical evaluation, as are thorough physical & neurological exams. We examine & measure head size (often large) facial features, & other body parts for dysmorphism (unusual appearance) & use a woods lamp to see abnormal skin pigmentation.. Over 30 known syndromes cause autism & intellectual disability. ...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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Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living?  Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Yes: Most all very serious, long standing or non-curable, genetic, even uncommon conditions have support groups and links for help. Are we not blessed and cursed with the age of the internet and technology ? Start with aspergersyndrome.Org. ...Read more

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Can kids with socialized conduct disorder feel empathy?

Can kids with socialized conduct disorder feel empathy?

Yes.: It's important to remember that within any diagnosis the individuals differ. Yes, children with socialized conduct disorder can experience empathy. Research has shown that children, in general, are very empathic beings. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...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