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Supplements To Calm Your Autistic Child Down
Autism meds: Vitamin D and Omega 3 fish oils are helpful. Sometimes extra iron is useful if ferritin is low. Beyond those, everything else is on a case by case basis. Talk to your pediatrician or a developmental pediatrician and/or psychiatrist for other useful meds and supplements for your specific child. ...Read more
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
Wish that were so...: Although the internet abounds with stories of children with autism improving with certain vitamins, dietary supplements, and special diets, there is not evidence that any of these treatments help most children with autism. My patients are free to try these (if safe) if they want, though i don't endorse them. I wish there was a simple nutritional solution to this very difficult condition. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Give it a try: The problem is getting them to actually take it! :-) if you can actually get the kid to ingest it, i recommend a trial of fish oil for most with autism. Although more research is needed, some research suggests modest benefits from fish oil, and no evidence of any harm. In general, fish oil and a multivitamin (+/- iron depending on constipation) are a good idea for most kids with autism. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not Really: Many children with autism are picky eaters and have intestinal issues. Nonetheless, supplements are not helpful, expensive, and in some cases unsafe. Stories about improvement after starting a treatment appear to be compelling. However there is a lot of hidden bias in such stories. Fortunately, scientists have developed methods to test whether something really works. No supplements have worked. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
None: There are no controlled trials that show benefit. ...Read more
How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?
It's more of a red : flag that she needs a neurological exam by her pediatrician. Depending on prenatal, perinatal & post-natal history, there may have been changes in development of the white matter of her brain on the side opposite the extremities she disregards or doesn't use as well. If deep tendon reflexes & muscle tone/strength are asymmetrical, an MRI & pediatric neurology consult are warranted. ...Read more
Varies - Support Key: Severly autistic children can introduce high levels of stress into a home. It is extremely important that parents or other responsible adults seek out avenues of support and help in the community. Stress tends to increase in situations of isolation, so get whatever support you can to help in the situation. ...Read more
No clear answer: We still do not know the myriad causes of autism, so beware anyone who tells you how to ensure you don't have a child with autism. Most of the known factors that increase your risk--genetics, in utero viral exposure, complicated delivery--are outside your control. Best advice: get good prenatal care and recognized your odds still excellent that your child will not have autism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably none.: Most chidren, autistic or not, eat an adequate diet and do not require vitamns past the infancy period. If an autistic child does not eat a variety of foods, or eats alot of non-food items, then he might benefit from a multivitamin. Vitamins are not an appropriate treatment for autism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
NO: We are just learning about risk factors associated with autism spectrum disorders. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with many different factors. Important to discuss with a genetic counselor if there is any family history. Learn more about autism by reading a wonderful book, the thinking person's guide to autism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
As soon as you can : As soon as a child can be observed socializing with other kids (meaning, when first given the chance) some of the signs will be present. It depends on the awarenes, level of expectancy, and specific expertise/skills of the observer to find them. Usually kids with the condition will stay behind after the progress or their peers in these aspects. ...Read more
Pediatric neurology: Autism is a complicated condition that is not yet full understood. Many tactics have been used to deal with tantrums including a treats/rewards-based system, planned ignoring, counting, and even surgery. See a pediatric neurologist for further evaluation. http://www.autism-help.org/behavior-tantrums-aspergers.htm ...Read more
Pediatricians screen: For autistic spectrum disorder (see firstsigns.Org) & refer kids with + screens to a specialty team with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, child (neuro)psychologist, speech/language therapist, occupational therapist. Et al. At the same time, the state health division's early intervention program (birth-3) or the local public school district's child find team (3-5) assess & enroll in therapy. ...Read more
Joint Attention : Precedes social communication. Aba or denver model therapists apply intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational methods to elicit eye contact, a word approximation, sign language or a picture exchange before giving the child a desired object. Use ~ 10 minutes of "screen time" only to reward reciprocal social interactions.Don't anticipate his needs. Insurance companies pay, in most states. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various factors: Children >2 yrs. Old with autism are evaluated through the school district by a multidisciplinary team assessment for levels of development & degree of autism. Then parents & educators make an individual educational plan, placing the child in the least restrictive setting + needed supports. Many kids who start in a pre-k "autism classroom" progress to " regular ed" class + supports after kg. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many treatments: There are a plethora of toys for autistic children that they can both play with & that will help with some of their sensory issues. Here is one site, but there are many others. If your child is seeing an occupational therapist, he can direct you to ones that are appropriate for your child. http://www.nationalautismresources.com/toysandgames.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwur2eBRDtvMS0gIuS-dYBEiQANBPMRwWJrUhXYH ...Read more
Seek help from : agencies like http://familyresiliency.illinois.edu/initiatives/initiatives_autismprogram.html, http://familyvoicesillinois.org/documents/grants-for-families-of-children-with-autism/ & http://communities.autismspeaks.org/site/c.ihLPK1PDLoF/b.7512151/k.C0C8/Illinois_Resources.htm. Learn to use behavioral techniques consistently. See a developmental/behavioral pediatrician &/or child psychiatrist.. ...Read more
Core symptoms &: observable behaviors in a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder are qualitative impairments in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + stereotyped, repetitive movements &/or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Behaviors are compared to norms for the child's chronological & developmental ages. See firstsigns.org for the M-CHAT, age 16 mos.-4 yrs. & autismspeaks.org for specifics. ...Read more
An autistic child: will show impaired social interaction,delayed language skills and repetitive and restrictive behaviors.There are varying degrees in different children.A three year old might have decreased eye contact with others,delay in speech &repetitive movements.However, having these signs/symptoms doesn't make the diagnosis.If you are concerned about your child,please discuss with his doctor. ...Read more
To work as a team:: Autism treatment strategies should be tailored to individual needs and available family resources. Children with autism respond best to highly structured and specialized treatment. A program that addresses helping parents and improving communication, social, behavioral, adaptive, and learning aspects of a child's life will be most successful! ...Read more
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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