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Need a doctors note for my apartments saying my daughter has a dissability and needs her service animal. Shes already trained her rat terrier.

Not this site: If you will read the site disclaimers, you will learn we don't diagnose or treat anyone from this site. That includes sending notes for special issues. Your landlord may or may not have a policy exclusion for animals & whether or not a note could gain an exception would depend on local ordinances. Look into this with your local physician. ...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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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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Can my school district diagnose my 3 year old with autism?

Can my school district diagnose my 3 year old with autism?

Maybe: At 3 kids in the us qualify for the "child find" program that seeks to identify kids with developmental problems that would interfere with educational success.Parents can self refer to the special services departments of their local school system to arrange an evaluation. ...Read more

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My son has aspergers and has trouble reading social situations, he complains of voices, how can he succeed in school he has very high test scores?

My son has aspergers and has trouble reading social situations, he complains of voices, how can he succeed in school he has very high test scores?

Early intervention: The best way to proceed is to find a skilled specialist who can evaluate and refer him for appropriate services. Social skills are important to address intensively and early, i.e. with group skill training and individual therapy and coaching. Other associated symptoms may be alleviated with proper medication management as well. You should look into other resources, e.g. Autism advocacy online. ...Read more

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My 17 year old brother has fits of rage and sumtimes hurts our younger brother and?

My 17 year old brother has fits of rage and sumtimes hurts our younger brother and?

DIET: My experience is this: empty calories induce oxidative dysfuncion in the part of the brain that generates our emotional responses. Emotions are too easily iniitiated and are severely exaggerated, even to the point of violence. I have suggested publicly that "junk" diet may even be responsible for the school shootings. I thnk that high calorie malnutrition is very dangerous. So--check his diet! ...Read more

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Not having a boyfriend at 20 make you immature? My daughter has been homeschooled all through her grades except senior year where she was enroll on an online school. The school would have activities monthlyand she made many friends. My daughter also has m

Not having a boyfriend at 20 make you immature? My daughter has been homeschooled all through her grades except senior year where she was enroll on an online school. The school would have activities monthlyand she made many friends. My daughter also has m

Hello. : Hello. I think that the best way to know is to ask her about it. If her trauma from her abuse when she was young has caused issues or fears about intimacy that could make her reticent to connect with a man. Sometimes children who are home-schooled may lag in social skills compared with children who have have had more access to others. It may however, just be that dating is not a top priority for her right now. I don't believe that there is anything wrong by not dating by age 20; but with that said, if there are specific issues which are holding her back, it might be helpful for her to address them. Take care. ...Read more

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My son reads minds and gives advice about my buddhist books/ he told me he is a "crystal child" and has been diagnosed with autism. Should that be?

My son reads minds and gives advice about my buddhist books/ he told me he is a "crystal child" and has been diagnosed with autism. Should that be?

Autism Diagnosis: Autism is best diagnosed with the help of a neuropsychologist, neurologist or psychiatrist. Here are two helpful websites about autism: thinking person's guide to autism http://www.Thinkingautismguide.Com/ nami- national alliance for mental illness page about autism spectrum disorders http://www.Nami.Org/template.Cfm?Section=by_illness&template=/contentmanagement/contentdisplay.Cfm&contentid=66. ...Read more

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How is it that my doctor wants my school records and old psychiatrist record of my autism disorder?

History is important: History is important in terms of diagnosis and course of illness and prognosis0-what we expect to happen in the future-just being a good diligent doctor. ...Read more

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My mother with alzheimer's keeps having temper tantrums over staff care?

My mother with alzheimer's keeps having temper tantrums over staff care?

Behavior is common: Many people with dementia are confused and have trouble understanding what people say to them so this can lead to agitation or aggression with personal cares. There are behavioral interventions that can often lesson this but if there is significant aggression, medications may be needed. A geriatric psychiatrist can help you, if one is available. ...Read more

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My 17 year old brother has fits of rage and sumtimes hurts our younger brother?

My 17 year old brother has fits of rage and sumtimes hurts our younger brother?

Diet again: I suspect that this is high calorie malnutrition, i.e. Too many calories (particularly sweets, pop, caffeine etc) and insufficient vitamin content. It puts stress on vitamin b1 metabolism and it results in emotional irritability, often associated with violence. I have suggested that this is a major cause of the school shootings. Nobody has looked at diet mayhem and it needs doing. ...Read more

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My aunt has dementia and keeps accusing my family of stealing money from her bank. She yells at us how do we manage this. She is In a retirement home?

My aunt has dementia and keeps accusing my family of stealing money from her bank. She yells at us how do we manage this. She is In a retirement home?

Relatively common: In advanced stages of dementia. She may have developed delirium with paranoid features. Would suggest letting her physician or the nursing home staff now as she may become agitated and needing to be medicated. It is otherwise hard for family members to see their relatives turning against them with no reason. ...Read more

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I'm a social service worker with a 17 year old client who was recently referred to our services because he has refused to leave his home since Decembe?

I'm a social service worker with a 17 year old client who was recently referred to our services because he has refused to leave his home since Decembe?

Using this site: To get the most from this site you need to provide background information and ask a clear related question.You have written a statement and added a question mark.It seems obvious that your client needs a mental health evaluation. More background would be needed to suggest anything more. ...Read more

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42 yr old man, still lives with parents. Just found out he has porn addiction?

42 yr old man, still lives with parents. Just found out he has porn addiction?

Mutual support helps: Check out sex and love addicts anonymous; find meetings at their web site http://www.Slaafws.Org/. ...Read more

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My daughter has celiac and has been very compliant until she hit teen age. Now she sneaks bread with friends! What should we do!

My daughter has celiac and has been very compliant until she hit teen age.  Now she sneaks bread with friends! What should we do!

Celiac: Even small cheats, with true celiac disease, can put you at risk for intestinal damage and some malignancies. Teens don't want to be seen as different than their friends. I see this with teen diabetics, too. Hopefully, her GI tract will give her enough discomfort to have her stop. Continue to educate her and explain how serious it is. If you are seeing other acting out behavior, counseling helps. ...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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My daughter's school sent a letter home yesterday saying that a child had pertussis at her school. Any worries?

My daughter's school sent a letter home yesterday saying that a child had pertussis at her school.  Any worries?

Yes.: Undervaccinated children can get a more severe form with complications, but even immunized children can get the mild form, manifesting as 3 months of constant cough. ...Read more

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My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

Yes: Emotional dyscontrol is very common in cases of damage to frontal lobes or other portions of the emotional circuitry known as the limbic system. These areas of the brain can be damaged in cerebral palsy. Medication and counseling may be helpful. ...Read more

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My daughter scored a 70 on her autism test through the resource center she has had some other testing done she has odd and ADHD ?

My daughter scored a 70 on her autism test through the resource center she has had some other testing done she has odd and ADHD  ?

Autism: Autism, add and odd can be screened using rating scales.At times some psych batteries are done for school iep plans.There is still a clinical interview and evaluation needed to clarify the DX and address the core disabling issues.Best will be to review it with psychiatrist or a psychologist. Don't worry all these issues are very well understood and treated much effectively in 2012. All the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more