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Doctor insights on: Mainstreaming Autistic Children Or Self Contained Classrooms

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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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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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Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Some can: It depends on the level of the child's functioning, whether there is co-existing intellectual disability and whether the family qualifies financially. You can apply for ssi and katie beckett at the same time. If you are denied ssi for financial reasons, the federally -funded katie beckett program is based on the other two factors. The level of impairment is more stringent. ...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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What do kids with conditions like special needs such as dyslexia and speech, language difficulties get in public schools now?

What do kids with conditions like special needs such as dyslexia and speech, language difficulties get in public schools now?

Less help: We are in an epidemic of need and a crisis of lack of resources. Not just the public schools, but private schools as well just can not accommodate the need. Parents need to look to private agencies and services. However, they need to be careful to not get ripped off by false claims. Support must come from professional agencies that will determine appropriate use of limited resources. ...Read more

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Will children with ADHD truly benefit from behavior therapy?

Will children with ADHD truly benefit from behavior therapy?

They can: Well-designed and applied behavioral therapy is as effective in controlling adhd symptoms as are adhd medications. However, both require ongoing use to maintain efficacy. Adhd is a chronic disorder & no current interventions offer a cure, so be sure to use interventions you can sustain over time. With maturity, children may be able to take over aspects of self-monitoring, but structure is key. ...Read more

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Is electronic toys helpful for kids mental health like rc helicopter?

Is electronic toys helpful for kids mental health like rc helicopter?

Ans: This is a very broad question. Certainly children okay is very important part of development. The kind of toys you mention are certainly more beneficial than the computer games which can lead to a false sense of reality. Children must develop a healthy imagination not a brainwashing. ...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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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read more

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Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Run the gamut: Autism spectrum disorders run the gamut from from retardation in classic autism to normal intelligence with poor social interaction. ...Read more

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Adhd children are they shy or outgoing?

Adhd children are they shy or outgoing?

Not shy: Most of them they are not shy because they lack filter generally they are loud. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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Do children learn by being coddled or scolded?

Do children learn by being coddled or scolded?

Neither: Children learn by precept and example. "coddling" is very bad for it introduces lack of confidence and self reliance. Scolding is appropriate if delivered properly for the child's benefit. Discipline is often missing completely or delivered in anger. Child raising is the most important profession and is learned unfortunately in on the job training. ...Read more

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Bullying happens in school, the work place, home, kids etc.. Is there a mental health diagnosis for why people bully others?

Bullying happens in school, the work place, home, kids etc.. Is there a mental health diagnosis for why people bully others?

Nonspecific: Bullying can be a final common pathway of behavior for a wide variety of reasons. There is no specific psychiatric diagnosis that matches bullying. Certainly things in such a person's history -- like being mistreated or abused at home -- may be a factor. But it's not an excuse, and bullying must be stopped. If the bully has been through trauma, s/he needs help as well as firm limit-setting. ...Read more

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Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Maybe: Abused children are much more highly represented among the ranks of poor learners, misbehaving, aggressive and oppositional conduct disordered kids. These conditions can subsequently lead to adult criminal behavior if interventions don't occur in childhood. ...Read more

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Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Certainly no help: Whether or not this constitutes mental abuse is probably a matter of degree and definition. The obvious question is why this conversation was begun in the presence of the children, and how it degenerated into an argument. Neither party appears to be acting like thoughtful adults, and the children will certainly not benefit from observing and then potentially copying this behavior. ...Read more

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Is a child with autism better off in public or private school?

Is a child with autism better off in public or private school?

Depends on level & $: Cold hard cash is usually the primary barrier to this debate. A child with autism does not necessarily change this discrepancy. Quality of education varies widely between both private and public schools in reality. Look for excellence in teacher training and high educational standards. ...Read more

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Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Not That I am Aware: Speech delay is related to immaturity of expressive language development and the part of the brain that controls that function. Mutism behavior is unrelated as far as i know. ...Read more

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Are kids with autism overly cautious or usually have no fear?

Are kids with autism overly cautious or usually have no fear?

Either.: Children with autism are frequently very rambunctios and unaware of their surroundings. They do not process information in the same way that others do, especially language skills. Even when warned of danger, they may still rush into the street indicating no fear of the situation. Other children with autism are very cautious and rarely wander from their area of familiarity. ...Read more

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14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch: These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? ...Read more