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What is the latest findings for autism in kids?

What is the latest findings for autism in kids?

Folate (folic acid) deficiencyt: There is a great deal of exciting research going on within the field of autistic spectrum disorders. Recently, two studies have found a link between mothers with folate (folic acid) (an essential vitamin/mineral) deficiency and an increased risk of having children with autism. So, encourage any potential mothers-to-be to talk with their doctor about the possibility of taking a Folic Acid supplement! ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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What is the likelihood of my children having autism?

What is the likelihood of my children having autism?

See below: 1-2% incidence in the US for autism. 6% incidence for the full spectrum of PDD. Check my health tips on PDD. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index.Shtml or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd.Shtml. ...Read more

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Expalin the process of having a child evaluated for autism?

Expalin the process of having a child evaluated for autism?

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

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My kid has autism & has an episode everyday i feel like quitting?

My kid has autism & has an episode everyday i feel like quitting?

Really hard: It is almost overwhelmingly hard to have a child who has autism. Sometimes, it seems like the more you care, the harder it becomes to get through each day. The best suggestion I have is to find out if there is a parent's support group in your area. Ask a lot of questions. Don't believe that you have to do it all. Reach out to your school for help. Good luck. ...Read more

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On the spectrum children and autism?

On the spectrum children and autism?

PDD-NOS: The diagnostic and statistical manual iv-text revision defines pervasive developmental disorder as having some, but not all, of the criteria for autism. The dsm-v will combine pdd-nos, asperger's syndrome and autism into autistic disorder, so that all children " on the spectrum" may receive funding and services. Autistic disorders are neurodevelopmental, but still defined as psychiatric disorders. ...Read more

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Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of autism in kids?

What are the early signs of autism in kids?

A few things: Red flags include poor eye contact, speech delays, not seeking comfort if scared or hurt, not liking to be held, odd movements that are symmetric on the left and right side of the body, and little interest in social interactions. ...Read more

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How dose autism affect a child going to school ?

How dose autism affect a child going to school ?

Various factors: Children >2 yrs. Old with autism are evaluated through the school district by a multidisciplinary team assessment for levels of development & degree of autism. Then parents & educators make an individual educational plan, placing the child in the least restrictive setting + needed supports. Many kids who start in a pre-k "autism classroom" progress to " regular ed" class + supports after kg. ...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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Can children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

No: Unless there is an underlying case of macrocephaly from hydrocephalus the "standard" autistic child has a smiler size head to anyone else. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more