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Numbers vs real life: Some people have a theory that toxins in the environment may be one of the causes of autism. The word toxins refers to substances that are increased in our world due to our modern, industrialized society. That means all the things that we use, or that are used to produce the goods we have, can be the toxins in our environment. There are too many chemicals or substances to count. ...Read more
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
No iron clad answer: But there is enough from studies to believe that it derives from a problem in the genes. The severity may depend on the variability of the genes being expressed and to a degree other environmental factors. Knowledge of autism is incomplete at this time so be selective about the quality of information you get. It is best to discuss any questions with your PCP who has access to evidence based info. ...Read more
An early example: A typical 6-month old learns by accident that when he raises his arms, mom picks him up. He tries it a few more times & is rewarded by mom's leaning down, smiling & saying, "up? You want up? "mom is happy about the new developmental milestone. Baby is happy that he can get mom to pick him up. This baby has normal social communication & reciprocity that a 6 mo.-old with "autism" does not have. ...Read more
Autism: The autistic spectrum has many different presentations. Talk to your pediatrician, medications can help, in some cases, especially for the anxiety and meltdowns. There are also classes on how to work with these children. The school system will help, also. Special Ed teachers are specially trained. Try to keep to a schedule, change is very difficult. Get yourself some support, too. ...Read more
Follow Dr. Rankin's: Advice; check for tourette syndrome & ask his behavioral therapist or school psychologist to do a functional behavioral assessment & help you devise a "token economy system" for using only nice words. Calmly explain the words that are " not okay." set a period of time to monitor his utterances, after explaining a rule; e.g., that he earns tv/computer time only by using nice words. ...Read more
Austism is a huge spectrum. Many children with autism are highly functional and will end up as very successful adults, thriving independently including being able to drive.
However, those that are low functioning may never be able to drive. It's impossible to predict without more information ...Read more
AGree w Dr. Fricke: "Current or history of other mental disorders (all 290–319 not listed above) that in the opinion of the civilian or military provider will interfere with, or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty, are disqualifying." See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic. Htm ...Read more
Varies - Support Key: Severly autistic children can introduce high levels of stress into a home. It is extremely important that parents or other responsible adults seek out avenues of support and help in the community. Stress tends to increase in situations of isolation, so get whatever support you can to help in the situation. ...Read more
Autism spectrum.: The reason why we currently refer to autism as a spectrum is that there are numerous symptoms and complexes of symptoms that can be considered under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder. Some would be considered autism proper, while others would be considered in a more general grouping of autism spectrum disorders. Hard to answer a question without full evaluation. ...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
Evidence-based: Treatments are intensive, repetitive, ongoing behavioral ; educational therapy geared at the child's developmental level. These can be therapist-directed (aba), child directed (floor time) or a combination (denver model). Best outcomes occur when begun before or by age 2. Social skills group therapy utilizes the excellent rote memory of a child with ASD 6 years old ; up, again a long-term therapy. ...Read more
Structure & function: Of the autistic vs. Neurotypical (NT) brain differ. Activation on fMRI of frontal & temporal cortex in teens with ASD vs. NT's exposed to 2 slightly noxious stimuli showed = initial sensations but over-reactivity in processing & interpretating them in those with ASD, consistent with anatomical findings of small patches of disorganized neurons in the layers of the frontal & temporal cortex in ASD ...Read more
Remove the food: Almost all children seem to gravitate toward carbohydrates and the best way to deal with this for any child is to not keep the foods in the house. If access is limited at home for everyone and only appropriate food choices are available the cravings will eventually disappear and the diet for everyone in the house will be healthier. Any other way of dealing with this is an exercise in futility. ...Read more
Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read more
Professional help: Your son needs a complete evaluation and comprehensive interventiuon, if he has already had that, stress, infection, if he is on cfgf diet, dietary transgression can cause regression. Get his team to put their heads together to identify what is stressing him. If he has not "team" he needs one. ...Read more
Toddlers who have: Language & whose parents learn & implement autism interventions at least 25 hours/week have improved outcomes. See www. Autismspeaks. Org/science/science-news/parent-training-program-shows-clear-gains-toddlers-autism. Parents who reinforce behavioral techniques their kids of any age learn in therapy promote better outcomes. Social skills therapy from developmental age 6 & > also helps greatly. ...Read more
Consult peditrician: Speak with your pediatrician and have your doctor do a screening review. If necessary, get a referral to a psychologist who can make the diagnosis. ...Read more
That depends on the: Results of her Chromosonal Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X, whether she is your sister's or brother's child & your 3-generation family medical &/or psychiatric history of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & illnesses in which the incidence of ASD is increased. It also depends on your taking. 4mg. Of Folic Acid daily starting 3 mos. Before & having a flu vaccine 2 mos. Before conception. ...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