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Is sign language effective for nonverbal autistic children?

Is sign language effective for nonverbal autistic children?

Sometimes: Each child with a diagnosis of autism is truly different from others. Some will respond well and vunderstand signing, others will not. Certainly worth a try. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more


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Pervasive developmental disorder for adults or kids?

Pervasive developmental disorder for adults or kids?

Autism specrum disor: Autism, autism spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental dirsorder all enompass identical group of neurodevelopmental disorders, initially described by dr. Leo kanner and hans asperger in 1943 and 1944, respectively. They are epigenetic disorders, caused by submicroscopic deletion or duplication of genes, also called copy number variation cnv. The gene expression is suppressed by environment. ...Read more

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Is there babbling in sign language as babies are developing language skills?

Is there babbling in sign language as babies are developing language skills?

No: No, I have never heard of this in my 20 years of caring for children. Thanks for taking such an interest in your child's development and thanks for trusting in Healthtap! ...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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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read more

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Could a child diagnosed with global developmental delay have autism?

Could a child diagnosed with global developmental delay have autism?

Continued: Autism may be a cause of global developmental delay, but most often involves delays mainly in the language/communication and social/ emotional domains of development. Autism is not always an isolated diagnosis; it may a part of a more generalized condition. The cdc we site has information on development & autism. The autism link is: www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/autism/actearly. ...Read more

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Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

very unlikely : In most cases of developmental delay parents are not directly or indirectly responsible. Exceptions might include substance abuse during pregnancy, head trauma from abuse or severe neglect leading to failure to thrive but these will have other associated findings not just developmental delay. It is best to speak with the provider to make sure a thorough evaluation is done. ...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 is global developmental delay disorder in a child?

Overall delay: Standardized tests like the differential abilities scales-ii that yield a general cognitive ability score and a special non-verbal composite test all developmental domains: cognition, receptive/ expressive communicatiion, social/adaptive and fine/ gross motor, plus how a child processes information presented verbally or visually. Gdd refers to significant overall delays in a child <6 years old. ...Read more

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Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?

Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?

Fun things: Activities that help promote movement of the limbs, that are fun, and slightly challenging. You can ask a physical therapist and/or occupational therapist as well. They would be better informed on specific activities. ...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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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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Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

No Delay: There is no evidence that teaching sign language would delay speech ability in the long run. The american sign language association has numerous helpful tips; please review them and discuss this issue with your child's pediatrician. ...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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Does a baby with delayed motor development have autism?

Does a baby with delayed motor development have autism?

Usually not: Autism has several characteristics, motor impairment not being one of them.They are stricken with problems interacting with the world around them. ...Read more

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20 month old has verba, social, and communication delays. Could this be signs of autism and how to differentiate ASD from aa development delay ?

Social interaction : A few things. One it's important to have a hearing test to rule out hearing impairment. A hallmark of ASD is abnormal social functioning such as preferring not to be held or cuddled. Limited eye contact or interest in conversation. ASD often also presents with delays. Delays alone, however, are less likely to have social dysfunction and are usually more specific. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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3year old son doesn't speak, but imitates animal sounds. No other developmental delays. Hearing tested and not autistic.Had therapy since 18mo.Causes?

The Clinical Evalua-: tion of Language Fundamentals tests receptive & expressive language, speech sound production & verbal/ nonverbal social/pragmatic communication. . Call your school district's Child Find Team for eligibility for Early Childhood Special Education. Also, seek evaluation by a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician to search for genetic & other medical causes of his neurodevelopmental disorder. ...Read more

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Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

It shouldn't impact: representational play, using one environmental object to represent another.A 12-mo.-old feeds, rocks or "reads to" a doll or stuffed animal. A 16-mo.-old sets a table with play dishes or "blows out" birthday candles on a plastic cake. Use developmental screens & M-CHAT on firstsigns.org. Share results with your pediatrician & Early Intervention Program Speech/Language therapist to get an answer. ...Read more

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Isnt language development good in someone who has aspergers syndrome?

Yes: Asperger is in the autistic spectrum where language delay is a foremost symptom. Since it is a relatively mild form of the condition it is not too surprising that speech is developing. ...Read more

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Is sign language effective for nonverbal autistic children?

Sometimes: Each child with a diagnosis of autism is truly different from others. Some will respond well and vunderstand signing, others will not. Certainly worth a try. ...Read more

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My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped. Is this a sign of autism? I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped.  Is this a sign of autism?  I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

Good question, good: Answers! a 6-mo.Old baby communicates non-verbally;e.g., lifting his/her arms to be picked up. For receptive language, begins to inhibit a behavior;e.g., when you say "no" in a low, firm voice while removing him/her from something you don't want touched. Stranger anxiety, also. The aap's healhy child app can be personalized or go to www.Aap.Org & firstsigns.Org has developmental screens. ...Read more

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What are the beginning signs of autism? What are things to look for in young children?

Discuss with your dr: Autism may begin to show signs as early as 6 months; it's characterized by: -impaired social interaction (less cuddly, less eye contact, harder to soothe) -delayed communication (delayed speech, unusual gestures) -restricted interests/repetitive behavior (echolalia, ritualistic behavior, unusual movements) it's worth mentioning your concern to your child's dr, as early intervention may help. ...Read more

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What causes children to walk on their tip-toes . Is that a sign of autism?

What causes children to walk on their tip-toes . Is that a sign of autism?

Toe-walking that: persists > 3 months after a tot's first 10 independent steps is atypical. Drops in blood flow & oxygen, especially in late 2nd trimester can cause " tight heel cords", very mild cerebral palsy, more common in preemies. MRI & microscopic post-mortem studies of brains of people with ASD show abnormalities in areas that control motor planning & in axons that transmit signals. Other causes exist. ...Read more

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What is the difference betweenn language delay and autism?

Nowadays, every : child with Receptive &/or Expressive Language Delay needs assessment of overall development & autism-specific tests to rule out Autistic Spectrum Disorder &/or Global Developmental Delay. Deficits in intent to communicate, joint attention, gaze monitoring & reciprocal social interaction with repetitive, non-functional movements point to ASD. See firstsigns.org for developmental screens & M-CHAT. ...Read more

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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read more

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How do autism and Down syndrome affect language development?

From infancy through: adulthood people with DS have delays in receptive & expressive language, ='in some areas to cognition, usually mild-moderate Intellectual Disability, others lower..Babies, toddlers & children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder may not talk or may have bizarre jargon mixed with babbling, then words, but they lack joint attention, communicative intent & reciprocal conversational skills. ...Read more

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Could having delayed language milestone mean you may have autism?

Delayed speech: Autism,patients,hear well,but do not verbalise,delayed speech or language ,may be and indication of hearing loss,this can be tested by special auditory tests,a speech and hearing center,evaluation suggested ...Read more

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What's the difference between autism and language delay ?

Autism includes : Language delay. Not everybody with language delay has autism. www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/speech.htm speech and language delay and disorder. www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism what is autism? What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. ...Read more

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My son is 2.5 years, had eval done, only showed language delay. But now seems to have a visual stim as well. Autism only? Or possibly something else?

My son is 2.5 years, had eval done, only showed language delay. But now seems to have a visual stim as well. Autism only? Or possibly something else?

Visual stimming: Visual stimming can occur in children with language delay and/or autism. Stimming often occur when a child is overwhelmed with stimuli. More about stimming http://nspt4kids.com/healthtopics-and-conditions-database/self-stimulatory-behaviors/ More about Autism: The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism Resource page http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/p/resources.html ...Read more

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What else can it be apart from autism and hearing if a 2 year old's response to his name is poor and there is language delay.

Ped dev eval: Your child needs an evaluation by a developmental behavioral pediatrician or pediatric neurologist or speech language therapist. If hearing is definitely normal (s/he responds well to almost everything OTHER than his name), autism is a reasonable concern if other elements are present (poor eye contact, limited imaginative play, poor social engagement). Intellectual disability is an area of conce ...Read more

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Karins been receiving language therapy for 11 yrs, shes autistic. No form of communication they have tried pecs, signing etc. How can I help her?

Autism problems: The services of a behavior analyst may help and a picture board or book for your child to point to for his/her needs may be of some help. Find a behavioral psychologist /behavior analyst with a BCBA certification and skilled with autism. ...Read more

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Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

It is hard to say ..: You did not provide enough clinical information. Does this happen in all environments or does he save these behaviors for you specifically. Does he exhibit periods of time where he is engaged in activities with other children: does he understand the language you use with him, does he have a range of emotions: happy, sad, etc. You should discuss these questions with your Pediatric Specialist- KB ...Read more

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My 3 yr old autistic son has the vocab of a 5 yr old however his language doesn't flow. Will speech therapy along with preschool be able to help him?

My 3 yr old autistic son has the vocab of a 5 yr old however his language doesn't flow. Will speech therapy along with preschool be able to help him?

Prosody is the term: For pitch, tempo, intonation & rhythm of speech. Difficulty with both prosody & pragmatics, the conversational, turn-taking aspects of language, is seen in autistic spectrum disorder (formerly asperger syndrome). Your school district's child find team can assess your son for eligibility for early childhood special education. An inclusion" a pre-k class with neurotypical peers + slt will help. ...Read more

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Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay pasaed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.he do

Maybe/maybe not: Only 75% of kids are potty trained at 3.Any kid with a communication disorder will be frustrated and tend to throw fits. Proper evaluation by a speech and language specialist and developmental pediatrician could give a better picture of what is going on. This could just be a developmental speech/language issue, separate from the label of autism or its related disorders. ...Read more

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Why might a speech language pathologist not work with a patient with autism spectrum disorder?

Why might a speech language pathologist not work with a patient with autism spectrum disorder?

Might not be needed: The only reason i can imagine they would not work with a patient on the autism spectrum is that they may feel they do not need any help or that it may not provide any additional benefit. I would ask the therapist directly their reason for not wanting to provide services. ...Read more

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Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Most definitely : Spend a day with one. It has been estimated that the stress of raising an autistic child is equal to that of a tour of duty in iraq or afganistan. ...Read more

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What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

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

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Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Sensory Rooms: "A sensory room is a place where children can use multi-sensory experiences to explore, to calm themselves, and to practice important social skills. There are many types of sensory rooms. Some multi-sensory rooms have bright lights, loud sounds, popping colors and fragrances. These rooms are designed to encourage language skills and emotions." ...Read more