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Why is my 6 year old with autism wetting his pants again after learning not to?

Why is my 6 year old with autism wetting his pants again after learning not to?

Depends: How long has he stayed dry? If he's been continent for at least 6 months, some medical conditions, e.g. Uti, overdrinking, kidney disease, have to be ruled out. ...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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I have an autistic 6 year old son and i've noticed when he takes zithromax, his autistic symptoms almost disappear. Could his autism be an infection?

I have an autistic 6 year old son and i've noticed when he takes zithromax, his autistic symptoms almost disappear. Could his autism be an infection?

Well known: It is well known that some kids with autism do well ironically when physically sick with temporary improvement in social and interpersonal relations, facial expressions and decrease in stereotype behavior. It might be coincidental that he has been on zithromax while sick. Next time ask his pediatrician to try a different antibiotic and.See what happens, . ...Read more

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My daughter is a six year old with autism, who is having crying spells everyday lately, is this normal?

No!: Please get your child to see a specialist in autistic disorders right away. These kids are quite special and have an extremely unique way of learning. Music, the arts have been quite helpful in contributing in easing frustration in these very special kids. Please don't delay, sooner the better. ...Read more

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How do I explain to my 6 yr old neice what autism is?

Simple is best: Sometimes the simplest answer is the best, particularly when dealing with the curious or worried. Letting her know that some kids don't understand things as easily & act different is better than a full discussion. When she is 8-10 a bit more can be understood & by the teen years, a full adult like explanation is in order. The discussion must not exceed a kids ability to understand the issue. ...Read more

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Can a 6yo with autism be advanced in math?

Absolutely: Recall dustin hoffman in "rainman"? This phenomenon is not understood. Outstanding skill in music is equally poignant. There are others. The victorians labelled them ''idiot savant", the knowing or knowledgable to a very impressive extent existing in an individual who was equally constrained interpersonally, given to repetitive behaviors, and extremely distraught if a routinized behavior is disrup. ...Read more

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What are some signs of autism in a 5 year old girl?

Social give and take: Social give and take problems: not having good eye contact to not being able to join up with peers ideas for play. Prefer to be alone/not seeking to start social interaction. This is central and it is not situational e.g like a social anxiety. Two other key areas: social communication probs and restricted patterns of behavior. Full criteria at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis ...Read more

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My 1 year old may be showing signs of autism. Is there a test for this?

Comprehensive eval: While there are some standard ways to assess autism they are best used as part of a comprehensive evaluation of the child. You are very wise to have the child evaluated early because the earlier effective intervention begins the easier it will be. ...Read more

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Is having blood in the eye in a three year old a sign of autism?

Is having blood in the eye in a three year old a sign of autism?

No: likelihood is that your child has experienced some trauma to the eye. See an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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My two year old hand flaps, but does not have any other signs of autism. What could be happening?

Hand-flapping when : Excited, head-banging ; insistence on night-time rituals are all seen in neurotypical 2-year-olds. Use the developmental screens on firstsigns.Org , then talk to your pediatrician if there are developmental delays or signs of autism. Customize healthychildren.Org or the app for your child's age for useful tips on development ; behavior. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm a 15 year old girl with autism and i think i'm showing signs of depression?

What to do if i'm a 15 year old girl with autism and i think i'm showing signs of depression?

Feeling Good: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. ...Read more

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