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Doctor insights on: Transition Goals For Students With Severe Autism

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How can I ensure my son, who has severe autism, has a healthy future?

How can I ensure my son, who has severe autism, has a healthy future?

Many things: We are learning more and more about medical factors that both cause and worsen symptoms of autism. Have your child in the ongoing care of a developmental pediatrician who can arrange for medical testing as necessary. Obtain early intervention services and special education services as well as social security coverage. Plan ahead for adulthood with the assistance of the regional centers in yourarea. Many adults with autism can be cared for in group settings or private homes geared to caring for their needs and allowing independence to the degree possible. ...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


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What do you suggest if my son with autism is severely obsessed with mickey mouse and keeps calling the disney store?

ABA therapy: I would try working with an ABA therapist for changing the behavior and response patterns. In ABA therapy behavior plans are introduced to reduce the response in Autistic children. It is strict behaviorism, but hands on and effective. ...Read more

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If a child is showing signs of autism at an early age, 17 months, does that mean they are more likely to be on the more severe end of the spectrum?

Not necessarily: I find 17 months towards the later end of showing some suggestive findings. Autism is not all one entity although we tend to lump them together under one name. Most will develop many skill sets that might seem unlikely when first diagnosed. Cautious optimism should be maintained as you work with those that will provide needed therapy and direction down this unpredictable road. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe adhd, is ADHD a form of autism ?

Consult with a : Physician. You need an evaluation and may want to consider medication if you have add. It is not a form of autism. ...Read more

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Is it possible that getting a MMR booster shot for my autistic child possibly cause her autism to be more severe?

No connection: There is no evidence that vaccines cause or worsen autism. The one paper that implicated vaccines was retracted and the lead physician lost his medical license due to various improprieties. Millions of dollars have been spent looking at vaccines and autims, and there has never been any link found. ...Read more

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My son has severe autism and was diagnose with tourettes and just now had an EEG done but his symptoms can it be possible to have it?

My son has severe autism and was diagnose with tourettes and just now had an EEG done but his symptoms can it be possible to have it?

Yes, although it's : Easier to diagnose in children who have average to above-average iq's & mild symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder. Tourette syndrome is defined as having multiple motor tics & at least one vocal tic for at least a year, with no tic-free period that lasted more than 2 months. Seizures are more common in kids with ASD & intellectual disability than in those with ASD & iq's > 70. See below, pls. ...Read more

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Autism, severe leaky gut, multiply intolerances, what to do?

The same as for a : Child without asd, seek evaluations by a pediatric gastroenterologist ; pediatric allergist. A gastrointestinal disturbance specific to persons with asds ("autistic enterocolitis”) has not been established, nor is there solid evidence for abnormal gastrointestinal permeability in individuals with asds. A variety of GI disorders present as behavioral or sleep difficulties in people with asd. ...Read more

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Does a severe speech delay always indicate autism?

Definitely not: There are plenty of reasons why a child might have speech delay. Autism is only 1 of them. Has the hearing been checked? Are there other delays in motor or social realms? Likely your child would benefit from a speech and language evaluation at a speech center specialized in children and potentially an ENT evaluation and other workup eg. Developmental evaluation if other delays are present. ...Read more

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Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

Bizzarre behavior: This may be a self soothing mechanism like rocking, other consoling mechanisms. Her severe autism leaves her without the normal social negative reinforcement of neurotypcal kids, meaning, she doesn't have the social awareness to remind her to stop the behavior. You may have some degree of success with social skills training with a therapist. Never spank her. Positive reinforcement works best! ...Read more

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Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Autism Spectrum: Disorder(asd): yes, possibly. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication ; interaction; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities. Management: individualized acc. To age ; specific needs. Multidisciplinary approach to improve social functioning, communication ; adaptive skills; promote academic functioning/cognition ; reduce negative behavior. ...Read more

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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