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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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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more


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Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

No More Than Others: There is currently no research supporting the notion that the older the mom, the more likely that their kids will have learning disabilities. ...Read more

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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...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 kids with microtia generally have learning disabilities?

Do kids with microtia generally have learning disabilities?

If hearing-impaired,: even a mild unilateral hearing loss, babies with microtia need Early Intervention at 0-3 & Early Childhood Special Ed. thru the school district at 3 -5 for receptive/expressive language delay, a precursor of dyslexia & disorder of written expression, & a Craniofacial Team evaluation. Of the 53 gene mutations known to cause Microtia, 5 also cause Intellectual Disability. See my comment. ...Read more

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Can parents who both have undiagnosed learning difficulties have kids with them?

Can parents who both have undiagnosed learning difficulties have kids with them?

Yes, it's possible: In many cases, the cause of a learning disability is not known. Learning difficulties that accompany this disability aren't the result of the way the child takes in information --sight & hearing are fine -- but rather the result of the way the brain processes the information.Certain types of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, can be inherited. Those w/ld often have ave or above ave intellig. ...Read more

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Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

No: There is no association between older parents and learning disabilities. Although, older mom's are more likely to have babies with down syndrome. And, there is emerging evidence that older fathers maybe at risk to have children with autism. Both of which, may have learning problems. ...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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Why do so many children get diagnosed with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

Why do so many children get diagnosed  with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

Trendy, w/ a reason: Med diagnoses often are fed by trends. The trend often starts however w/ a large unmet need- such as too many kids struggling in our society. Then we find we actually can do something about it- there are excellent meds, approaches, treatments now that can make a difference. So people seek care & drs diagnose in order to provide treatment. Plus, the definitions for these conditions have broadened. ...Read more

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Can the children of bipolar parents have behavioral issues as well?

Can the children of bipolar parents have behavioral issues as well?

Any of us can: Have behavioral issues. While not well understood by genetics experts, if one or both parents are bipolar it is more likely that a child may be as well. If that is the case, family therapy may provide helpful communication skills development for all. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can people with antisocial personality disorder legally keep their children?

Can people with antisocial personality disorder legally keep their children?

Legal Question: This is a legal, not a medical question. In most instances diagnosis is less important than behaviors. Usually if the person is a responsible and caring parent they will be considered for custody. For a more certain answer you should consult a family practice attorney in your legal jurisdiction. ...Read more

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

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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Does anyone have examples of online support for parents with learning disabilities?

Does anyone have examples of online support  for parents with learning disabilities?

See below:: Try: www.Ldonline.Org/ it is called ld online-works with learning disabilities association of america. ...Read more

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What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

Watch the child: Red flags: lack of or regression of language development, lack of pointing to objects, lack of eye contact, doesn't play with toys in a 'typical fashion'. More obsessed with the parts of toys (eg wheels) than the toy itself. Intense interest in certain objects. Repetative movements, toe walking, lack or normal bowel movements (either too loose or too hard, or alternating). None for sure, . ...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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Therapists concerns regarding kids of divorced parents?

Therapists concerns regarding kids of divorced parents?

Hopeful...: Most can emerge as competent, fairly happy adults if the divorced parents can avoid continued open warfare involving the child. Recommended book: dr phil's "family first: your step-by-step plan for creating a phenomenal family ." if healthy post-divorce parenting is challenging, please get help for the kids! parents should also get help, jointly or separately, to avoid compromising kids wellness. ...Read more

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How can we find other parents of children with genetic problem?

How can we find other parents of children with genetic problem?

Genetic disorders: Use a search engine (google/bing/etc) to get list of support group(s) for the particular genetic disease you're searching. National, state, county medical societies may also be able to provide leads as may major health centers. ...Read more

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Approximately what percent of children with disabilities have multiple disorders?

Few in the beginning: Certain syndromes have multiple problems: genetic disorders affecting all organs. Secondary disorders such as obesity, osteoporosis, fractures and cancer may depend on the disease, lifestyle, and life expectancy of the original condition. Cerebral palsy may have both mental and physical components but is one disorder. Disability of hearing always comes with speech disorders. Hope this helps! ...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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Why do some parents want their children to act like an adult when they hit their 30's even if they have a disability like cerebral palsy?

Why do some parents want their children to act like an adult when they hit their 30's even if they have a disability like cerebral palsy?

Confusing question: An adult is an adult.The majority cerebral palsy patients have no cognitive impairment that would prevent acquiring adult self monitoring & awareness skills. Those that are mentally impaired need help with these issues but can learn them over time. Why wouldn't a parent want his kid to develop acceptable behavior pattern. ...Read more

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What hope is there for children brought up by single parent with learning disabilities?

What hope is there for children brought up by single parent with learning disabilities?

LOTS!: You can reach out to your pediatrician and school district for some resources! there are many programs and services out there to help! a social worker may also be very helpful in arranging these services. ...Read more

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Are learning disabilities found in children with parents that were cousins an what neurological disease can be caused by this. Also. ?

Are learning disabilities found in children with parents that were cousins an what neurological disease  can be caused by this. Also. ?

Genetic: Learning disabilities are genetic disorders and run in families but not necessarily in intermarried cousins. It is true that consanguinity tends to cause more genetic disorders. ...Read more

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How can parental stress be harmful for children?

Empathy: Children are very good at following their parents' moods. The worst stressor for a child is a stressed parent; if a parent is calm, children can handle pretty much any situation. ...Read more

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Until when parents are supposed to care about their children?

Until when parents are supposed to care about their children?

Always: You will always care for your children, but they should be able to be independent in most things by age 18-21 depending on the child. ...Read more

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In this economy are parents of 2 or more children really happy?

Yes: We all have different values in like. Money isn't the most important to a lot of people. And some people plan carefully for their children, and the ability to provide for them. ...Read more

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If parents did drugs in the past will this affect their children?

Maternal drug abuse: Drugs can pass through the placenta and affect the fetus. Depends on what drugs were taken it can cause growth, developmental, neurological and other systemic issues like fetal alcohol syndrome. ...Read more

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How does the mental health of parents affect their children's development?

Nature/nurture: As children develop they are shaped by two factors, their genetics and their enviornment. The mental health of the parent would impact both. Genetically many mental health disorers are generationally passed on. The stability of a parent greatly affects the child developmentally. Different theories of development identify different levels of impact. Overall, most theories agree childhood is. ...Read more

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Are children safe on their own if they have a parent who has destructive narcissism?

Are children safe on their own if they have a parent who has destructive narcissism?

I don't understand: Children should not be left alone in any situation. If a parent is unable to provide care for them, another care giver must be found. If the parent is mentally ill, seek help from child protective services. ...Read more

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What happens if a parent had syphilis is it possible for their children to also have it?

What happens if a parent had syphilis is it possible for their children to also have it?

Yes: Untreated syphilis can be passed to a newborn at any stage of pregnancy, but is more likely transferred if it is acquired for the first time during pregnancy. It is standard practice for OBs and hospitals to test for this STD during pregnancy or during labor. It can be treated prior to or after delivery with good result for the newborn.Cured parents do not transfer the germ ...Read more

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Do children subconsicously mimic the symptoms they see in parents or other close relatives?

Do children subconsicously mimic the symptoms they see in parents or other close relatives?

Yes: Children can absolutely pick up on their parents' symptoms and display them without realizing it. Once you are sure that is the case ( that there is not an organic cause for their symptoms) then a therapist may be helpful. ...Read more

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If a parent has OCD, what are the chances that the children will have it too?

If a parent has OCD, what are the chances that the children will have it too?

Higher than you: might guess. Here's a link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2687723/ OCD is considered to be an anxiety disorder by most, although a smaller group of clinicians consider it to be a mood problem, too. To diagnose it, go to a psychologist, or here's another link: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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Would the outies (navels) have children that have same navels as their parents?

Would the outies (navels) have children that have same navels as their parents?

Not necessarily: I don't think there is any hereditary component to this. There are certainly parents with one type of navel and children with other types. ...Read more

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How does parenting style affect your childrens health?

How does parenting style affect your childrens health?

Go authoritative: Authoritative is typically the healthiest parenting style. This parenting style sets limits and provides direction while also remaining flexible and encouraing growth. Permissive, uninvolved, and authoritarian all have some down sides. These styles have been associated with poor eating, low self-esteem, over dependence, substance use and other negative behaviors. ...Read more

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Can my children get celliac disease if a parent has it ?

Can  my children get celliac disease if a parent has it ?

Increased Risk: Incidence of celiac sprue in this country is around 1/130. The niddk has a website for more info, first degree relatives of celiac patients are at much higher risk for developing it. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/. ...Read more

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Can a parent always access the health records of their children?

Can a parent always access the health records of their children?

Most of time: Until a child is 18 years old, the parent has the right to medical information with a few exceptions as. I work in Texas so you might want to check your states limitations. Pregnant teens are considered adults until they deliver so you may be restricted to information. If you are divorced and weren't awarded medical rights you may be restricted. Consult an attorney if your issues are more complex ...Read more

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How many children will be affected if one parent has the disorder?

How many children will be affected if one parent has the disorder?

WHAT DISORDER ?: To get the most out of this information site you need to be follow some basic rules.Within your submission, provide pertinent background information.In this case it would be the name of the disorder. Then ask a clear question, as you have. Since you provided no background, we don't know if your issue is food poisoning, cystic fibrosis, etc. We cannot see your uploads or or prior questions ...Read more

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Does childrens have higher IQ than parents?

Does childrens have higher IQ than parents?

Some do. Some don't.: If children always have higher IQ's than their parents, then the human species would have higher and higher IQ's with each generation... which is not what we see in real life. The opposite is also not true: children also do not always have lower IQ's than their parents. ...Read more

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Do children get herpes from their own parents?

Do children get herpes from their own parents?

Depends: Genital herpes can pass during labor/delivery to a newborn but this often results in severe disease or death. If a kid got genital herpes it would be a finding of sexual abuse. Kids could get a cold sore if the parent passed this by kissing them while shedding the germ. ...Read more

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Should parents push their children in athletics?

Should parents push their children in athletics?

No: Encourage children to be active. Be supportive and positive influence for them. Encourage them to try things but respect their feelings if they choose not to play competitively. ...Read more