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Doctor insights on: Severe Autism And Homeschooling

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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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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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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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What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied : Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...Read more

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What are therapies for autism spectrum disorders in high school and beyond?

What are therapies for autism spectrum disorders in high school and beyond?

See below: There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may help for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism. ...Read more

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What are autism and ADHD affected infants?

What are autism and ADHD affected infants?

Differences: I would look at the primary symptoms of social connection/disconnection. Autistic children are more difficulty to engage, establish eye contact, follow faces, learn familiar faces, and often don't coo or babble with their care givers. Adhd infants are usually quite social and interactive with their caregivers. In fact, because we give them so much attention, they may not even seem inattentive. ...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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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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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read more

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Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum? My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum?  My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Statistics unavailab: Palilalia can occur in both. Reports would implicate tourette's as most common, but it has been reported in autism and asperger's. Formal comparative incidence studies appear to be unavailable at this time. Perhaps one of my colleagues in research will comment further. ...Read more

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What determines emotional and social development in children?

What determines emotional and social development in children?

Child and family: The easy answer is genetics, biology (eg, prematurity, illness) and environment (family and community).Parenting that uses consistent, well-defined rules, rewards and consequences appropropriate for the child's age supports emotional well-being. Parental involvement with interactive play, language, listening, reading and adult-supervised peer interaction supports social development, as well. ...Read more

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How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

Our brain receives: And processes information through various parts of the brain, e.g., the speech center is in the left hemisphere and emotionality is in an area known as the libmic system. Verbal skills are highly developed in one part and recognition of nonverbal cues from face, tone of voice, etc. Are not as well developed, thus creating some social issues. Strengths and weakness vary for everyone. ...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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How do anxiety and depression for autistic child differ?

How do anxiety and depression for autistic child differ?

Varies: Just as for neurotypical individuals there is a difference but the age and level of functioning play a role in sorting out the two and they both can coexist. Depression may present as withdrawing from previously enjoyed activites or people or crying for no obvious reason. Anxiety may also prevent interactions but for different reasons or present as sensory overload or as clinginess. See provider. ...Read more

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Can autistic kids be social? My son was diagnosis with hfa and is extremely social.

Can autistic kids be social?   My son was diagnosis with hfa and is extremely social.

Theory of Mind (ToM): Many children & teens with iq's >70 & mild autism desire friendships, but ?ed tom (ability to understand that others may have a different point of view) gets in the way. Put candy in an obvious, empty band-aid box &, with dad elsewhere, ask your son, "what will dad think is in this box?" if he says, "candy, " (because that's what he knows is in the box), social skills group therapy can help him. ...Read more

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Do people on the autistic spectrum have trouble smiling and showing facial emotions?

Do people on the autistic spectrum have trouble smiling and showing facial emotions?

Often: People with autistic spectrum problems have difficulties taking in cues from their environment, interpreting this information, and then responding in a way that is "on target" for the situation. In addition, there is often a lack of emotional response, or an inappropriate emotional response, to the environment. This can lead to an outward appearance of unusual emotional responses. ...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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What causes cognitive and social problems in kids?

What causes cognitive and social problems in kids?

Many causes: Cognitive problems are quite different than social problems. The causes for each or both are many. There can be physical conditions as well as emotional disorders. Without knowing more precisely which problems you are referring to, it is difficult to give a proper answer. I would start with discussing the concerns with the child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can broken homes cause mental and physical illness in children and teens?

Can broken homes cause mental and physical illness in children and teens?

"Cause" is a...: ...Loaded word: it implies that a broken home can take a perfectly normal child and turn her into a mental wreck. There are many contributing factors to mental illness: internal factors and external stressors. A broken home is certainly a stressor, but it is rarely the sole cause of anything. ...Read more

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Can my daughter be an elementary school teacher with adhd, anxiety, and bipolar disorder?

Can my daughter be an elementary school teacher with adhd, anxiety, and bipolar disorder?

Yes: As long as she keeps her symptoms controlled with medication and therapy. I have a number of. Such patients who are functioning we'll in that role. ...Read more

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How are mental retardation and autism different?

IQ measure: Mental retardation only reflects points in a scale of intelligency, determined through standarized tests. Autism, on the other hand, is a set of typical behaviors considered abnormal, in different areas of functioning. Dsm 4 criteria is available online, check it out. Both conditions may coexist. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

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