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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?

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

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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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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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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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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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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Trying to conceive. I have a bro w/ severe autism and a nephew w/ mild autism. Would my baby be more at risk?

Trying to conceive. I have a bro w/ severe autism and a nephew w/ mild autism. Would my baby be more at risk?

Impossible to know: Unfortunately we don't know what the cause of autism is so your question can not be answered fully. There is no test for autism that can be done during pregnancy or before at this time either. I'd focus on what you can control such as: trying not to worry, eat a well balanced diet, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other known substances that can injure a baby, and do not travel to Zika infected areas ...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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31month boy not talkin morethan 10 sng word,normal hearin.Assesment result:Severe expressive delay no autism.Born with vacum does it damage brain part?

31month boy not talkin morethan 10 sng word,normal hearin.Assesment result:Severe expressive delay no autism.Born with vacum does it damage brain part?

Unrelated to vacuum: Generally, using vacuum to help deliver a baby's head is not related to problems the child has in development or brain function. Even with today's knowledge and technology, many cases of childhood brain problems still have unknown causes (that we may figure out in the next 20-50 years). Meanwhile, keep playing with and talking with the child, do all checkups & vaccines, and just hope for the best. ...Read more

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4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?

4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?

Mgt, workup: The severe laryngomalacia can cause and contribute to sleep apnea and aspiration. I would suggest an evaluation by ENT and a sleep study to evaluate the need for CPAP. Speech and development can help with coordination/swallowing mechanisms. A virtual appointment: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Is the cure about autism found?

No: Autism is a label used for a pattern of behavioral, social and learning issues that arise from a poorly defined origin. Supportive care helps the kid over his/her lifetime and most see some improvement. However, no one treatment or group of treatments will cure this process.Ongoing research should help us understand what helps the best. ...Read more

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How to get SSI for autism help?

See your PCP first.: Have your pcp refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist to evaluate the autism then go to the social security office and apply for disability. You can get an application on line. You can contact the social security office and get help from their staff on how to fill the appropriate forms. Once the forms are submitted, they will let you you know if he is qualified ...Read more

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Can you tell me what autism is?

Different processing: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that effects in individuals ability to connect and relate to the outside world. .If has a wide range of severity and is frequently associalted with nutritional and digestive variations. There are many coping strategies that individuals develop that can lead to a variety of variably dysfunctional symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have autism?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand THAT other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely than just social anxiety or other issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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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