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Spiritual Healing For Autism
It depends: It depends on what you mean by healing, and what conditions you're talking about. Healing can be without cure. Cure happens @ level of biology, involving eradication of disease. It can be "done to" the person. Healing happens @ level of a whole person, & is an active, inner process of becoming whole -- relating well with all parts of self (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual) and others. ...Read more
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
Perhaps: Some perceive spiritual healing to be deeper than mind healing alone, because spirit is the foundation of our being. It underlies and encompasses everything expressed on mental, physical, and emotional levels. With spiritual healing also comes a change in consciousness, such that one can let go of stuck mental patterns that no longer serve. Help may be needed on multiple levels, though. ...Read more
Multi-dimensional: Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, and is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral and social interventions are important, and increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult issues: These are difficult cases, but in conjunction with other professionals working together, yes there can be improvement. These children need a wide variety of supports & care, including nutritional, behavioral, educational, and medical. I suggest you read "the impossible cure" by dr. Amy lansky. She recounts the story of her own son's treatment with homeopathy, after conventional efforts failed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Combination: The best therapy is individualized, and usually includes speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral therapy, often with an instructor in "applied behavioral analysis." while there's no quick-fix, good therapy is very effective in mild-to-moderate autism. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Medications are used: To treat irritability, aggression, anxiety, depression & adhd which occur more often in people with autism than in the general population. . They are effective & safe, usually in low doses. Arbaclofen will be marketed to treat social withdrawal in children with fragile x syndrome, about 30% of whom have autism. It is being studied for use of this core symptom in children with autism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you reccomend a reliable, available and personable practitoner of biomedical treatment for autism?
Here is a place to start: www.lifescript.com/.../a-autism-la-new-orleans.aspx find a doctor who treats or diagnoses autism in new orleans, la. You can also get referrals from: support.Autism-society.Org/site/clubs?Club_id=1170;pg=main new orleans, la 70130 ... The autism society of greater new orleans appreciates donations in support of our mission to provide information and referrals, ... ...Read more
A None I'm aware of: Autism, or the expanded spectrum, label placed on kids or adults with behaviors & differences in function that fit a specific pattern. There is no medication that i'm aware of for autism, although many have been tried over the years. Each patient may have individual needs based on testing & exam that would deserve medications. These would be prescribed & monitored on a case by case basis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 30 year old has autism and has never talked since birth. Please lyell me the latest and effective treatment.
Start by making sure: That he has the funding & services he needs: ssi, medicaid, adult health & mental health services, exercise, etc i agree with a team evaluation at a specialty clinic, with neuropsychological testing, medical & neurological assessment, a genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x (if never done), hearing & vision. Ipads are useful to teach non-verbal communication, but good therapists are key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My brother 19 yrs old has autism since birth. Lots of treatment done, no benefit.. Any new research in this field? Kindly advise..
Find the closest : Specialist on http://www.Autism-india.Org/afa_autisminindia.Html to assess your brother's current levels of cognitive, adaptive & social functioning & search for genetic or other medical causes of his unfortunate lack of progress. Comparative genomic hybridization & a dna probe for fragile x are the current genetic tests. Research on autism is done in calcutta & other large cities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multi-dimensional: Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any treatment for autism spectrum disorders? I have not heard of anything that works consistently.
Yes: A randomized, controlled study of the early start denver model, a comprehensive developmental behavioral intervention, showed, if started at <30 mos. & continued for 2 yrs., improvement in iq, adaptive behavior & degree of autism. Aba done 25-40 hrs./wk shows qualitative improvement even in kids without dramatic improvement as a result of comorbid intellectual disability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just saw that 1/88 us kids has autism. I don't believe that. Is someone making money off the diagnosis or treatment?
As a matter of fact,: Not in the mainstream community, no. Developmental/behavioral pediatrics is a cognitive subspecialty & , therefore, labor-intensive, as are neuropsychology, psychology, psychiatry, & behavioral therapy.We are not well-paid by insurance companies for our time. If we had a brain-o-scope & could do a 12-minute procedure, it'd be a different story. The diagnosis has broadened but is still valid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are you kidding?: It sounds preposterous. Autistic patients are highly rigid & anxious. Taking a trip to the supermarket is overwhelming - so taking an "acid trip" would be especially torturous for autistics. I doubt that even timothy leary himself would have advanced such an idea - even during one of his own trips! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can you tell me about the antipsychotic drug used for the treatment of irritability associated with autism?
2 neuroleptics are: FDA-approved for irritability in kids age 6-17 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Abilify (aripiprazole) & Risperdal. They also help with the anxiety that often drives aggressive & "oppositional" behaviors. We discuss drug interactions & side effects before prescribing. Though doses are far lower than for Bipolar Disorder, we monitor liver functions, lipids, prolactin level, glucose, insulin levels & weight. ...Read more
8yr old with autism, adhd, and encopresis. No solid bm for 3 months. X ray this past fri. Treatment daily miralax (polyethylene glycol) and enemas. 1sm solid bm. Advice?
Probable overflow: These are probably loose stools around an impaction. A cleanout as recommended by your pcp or GI doc, followed by daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) mineral oil and fiber such as popcorn, along with designated toilet sitting time, should help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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