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My Child Smells Everything Is She Autistic
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
Exposing or allowing: Any child access to illicit drugs, like passive smoking of marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, etc., is Child Abuse. Kids' tox screens can be + for inhalants. Laws require doctors, therapists, school nurses, teachers, etc., to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services. Most kids with ASD tolerate tiny doses of psychotropic meds, but some develop mania, psychosis, stupor, etc. ...Read more
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 more
Maybe the question should be how can we minimize our chances.
We can not ignore environmental factors and the ammount of chemicals in our life.
How is your diet? Do you find yourselves eating fast food frequently? How much toxins are you exposed to?
It is probablyi mportant to "detoxiify" our bodies prior to conception, some studies strongly suggest this link, and to some medication types. ...Read more
Yes: Hope should never be lost with this kids, and patience. However, like everyone else, they have a "ceiling" which should not be construed as a barrier to help them reach the closest to their full potential; everybody has limitations and areas of better performance. ...Read more
In infancy?: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns. Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more
Pediatric neurology: Autism is a complicated condition that is not yet full understood. Many tactics have been used to deal with tantrums including a treats/rewards-based system, planned ignoring, counting, and even surgery. See a pediatric neurologist for further evaluation. Http://www. Autism-help. Org/behavior-tantrums-aspergers. Htm ...Read more
Yes: But keep in mind most people with autism are not aggressive. Aggressive episodes can be triggered by changes in routine, overwhelming anxiety, someone not allowing the person to engage in his or her desired behavior, or being in pain (e.g. Having an ear infection). Aggression in autism can also sometimes take the form of the person being aggressive to him/herself (self injurious behavior). ...Read more
Medical causes?: Medical evaluation is done in a child with autism to try to find the cause: thorough physical exam, measure head, ears, eyes and more, look for major or minor unusual features, skin pigmentation. Complete neurological exam. Assess all areas of development. Genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x on all; other labs if needed. Mri of brain, eeg if warranted by history or neurological findings. ...Read more
Focus on what you know are the child's preferences, likes, and wants. Maybe its a toy, activity, or snack--have the child gain access to that item when they engage with you. This will pair your interaction with something they already like---something reinforcing.
Some great reading are the book written by drs. Patricia krantz and lynn mcclannahan. They have great strategies. ...Read more
Some early signs are: decreased eye-to-face gaze at any time & ABSENCE OF social smile by 2 mos., reciprocal gooing & cooing by 4 mos., raising arms to be picked up & babbling @ 6 mos., imitating " pat-a-cake", etc. & consistent turning to name @ 9 mos., responsive wave "bye" @ 10 mos., & pointing with index finger for wants @ 12 mos. Having bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") is also a clue. See firstsigns. Org. ...Read more
If high functioning: Provided they have the right supports at School making sure that he has an IEP which is indicated for autism. IEP stands for individualized educational program which poses legal responsibility upon the school to help the child. A formal request by letter from the parent can be made for this-stating what are the issues that need support simply stating then that IEP is needed as soon as possible. ...Read more
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Superficially..: These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. There are varying degress of severity. Early dignosis and appropriate therapy improves greatly the prognosis. The cause currently is unknown. ...Read more
I cautiously say no-: However, if your child has been diagnosed with any sort of developmental delay, autism or other, the way to help them is the same; intensive, individualized early intervention programming using applied behavior analysis. While receiving the diagnosis that a child has autism is traumatic, there is little time for families to waste. Start the intervention asap! Best of luck to you. ...Read more
Your pediatrician: Can screen for autism & refer to developmental specialists. At the same time, seek a child find evaluation by your local school district for eligibility for early childhood special education. They test all areas of development & assess for autistic disorders, then create with you an individualized educational plan. Firstsigns. Org has the m-chat screen for autism, but it requires follow-up. ...Read more
Not defined: We do not have objective measures for telling whether a child's autism is "mild, " "moderate, " or "severe" and no agreed-upon system. Typically, "mild" is used to refer to a child with normal or better IQ who has some social withdrawal especially with peers, some language oddities, and some unusual behaviors but who is functioning pretty much at age level without a lot of supports. ...Read more
National org: Assuming you are looking for an exercise physiologist, there is a national organization--http://www. Asep. Org/services--that should give you some leads in your area. Many may not be familiar with autism; so, once you have found an exercise physiologist in your area, you may have to ask that person to suggest a colleague who is. Good luck. ...Read more
Hard to answer with any degree of specificity in this kind of forum. Depends on age, family income, severity of illness, etc.
Here's a good resource: http://www. Child-autism-parent-cafe. Com/social-security. Html. ...Read more
Screeners only: If you are worried enough about your young child's behavior to be looking for an on-line test for autism, you probably would be best served by seeking out an evaluation with an expert in autism. Screeners are getting better, but assessing symptoms of autism is complicated, especially for those who have not seen many children with the disorder at different ages. ...Read more
Pediatricians screen: For autistic spectrum disorder (see firstsigns. Org) & refer kids with + screens to a specialty team with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, child (neuro)psychologist, speech/language therapist, occupational therapist. Et al. At the same time, the state health division's early intervention program (birth-3) or the local public school district's child find team (3-5) assess & enroll in therapy. ...Read more
Medical evaluation: Normal eating is a very complex topic; therefore, it is best addressed with both medical and behavioral help. Constipation is a significant problem in children with asd, which leads to behavior problems, poor eating and more. Zinc deficiency leads to poor taste of the tongue, which affects desire for food. Sensory issues are also a factor. Find an integrative physician to help you sort it out. ...Read more
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