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Are autistic people concious about their autism?

Are autistic people concious about their autism?

Possibly: Those autistic individuals who are the most socially functional, such as high functioning autism and aspergers disorder may be very aware of their sutism as it interferes with socialization. If individuals are functioning at lower levels of cognitive function and social ability, they probably are not aware directly. If a person experiences frustration, with communication, they probably are. ...Read more

Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read more

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Book for learning disabilities/adhd teen?

Book for learning disabilities/adhd  teen?

Check out websites: There are excellent websites such as chadd.Org or www.Ldanatl.Org/. The former is for adhd, the latter for learning disabilities. Both have lots of wonderful materials for parents. ...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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Are autistic children able to speak?

Historically, 50% of: children with classical Autism are non-verbal, meaning they have a functional vocabulary of 50 or fewer words at or after age 6. With the lumping of PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome & Autism into a single diagnosis in the DSM-V of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Levels 1,2 &3 , 30% of children with ASD are non-verbal. Finding other ways for them to communicate is important, if their cognitive level allows. ...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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Therapists concerns regarding kids of divorced parents?

Therapists concerns regarding kids of divorced parents?

Hopeful...: Most can emerge as competent, fairly happy adults if the divorced parents can avoid continued open warfare involving the child. Recommended book: dr phil's "family first: your step-by-step plan for creating a phenomenal family ." if healthy post-divorce parenting is challenging, please get help for the kids! parents should also get help, jointly or separately, to avoid compromising kids wellness. ...Read more

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Can shy children have autism?

Can shy children have autism?

Not really.: Shy children usually do fine with familiar people, just not so well with others. Autism is a constant condition that affects social interactions with everyone and also affects language development and is associated with odd or unusual behaviors. Shyness may be from anxiety or just a personality trait. ...Read more

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What organizations help parents find toys/devices for disabled children?

What organizations help parents find toys/devices for disabled children?

Www.therapro.com: One such company is www.Therapro.Com. But it depends what disability the child has. But this is one place to start. ...Read more

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Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

No More Than Others: There is currently no research supporting the notion that the older the mom, the more likely that their kids will have learning disabilities. ...Read more

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Should parents confront kids about cross-dressing?

Should parents confront kids about cross-dressing?

Confront - No.: I would not recommend confronting them as that will put the kids in a defensive posture. An open conversation would be the better approach. ...Read more

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Is there federal website for people with learning disabilities?

LD.org: Try national center for learning disabilities. Ld.Org. ...Read more

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Are there many housing facilities for autistic young adults who work?

Are there many housing facilities for autistic young adults who work?

Depends: Adult resources for those with autism are often hard to find and vary widely depending where you live. They certainly exist and can be invaluable for some individuals, but funding is typically a chronic problem, so they tend to come and go, even where they are well established. ...Read more

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Do girls learn at social school about female circumcision?

Do girls learn at social school about female circumcision?

Not only did I not: Learn about female genital mutilation in school but it was never mentioned in medical school, internship or residency. I received hundreds of hours in training in child sexual abuse - and it was never brought up there either. Kind of amazing considering that 140 million females (as young as a day old) have had their genitals mutilated. ...Read more

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What organizations support disabled children?

UCP: United cerebral palsy is a great resource central and help all children with disabilities, not just cerebral palsy. They would be a great resource for you and your child. ...Read more

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Can children learn addiction from their parents?

Can children learn addiction from their parents?

Absolutely: Chilldren learn by modeling the behavior of those around them. Living with parents whom are addicted; this is what they see and know. They see how their parents cope with life, deal with feelings and deal with others, which are all usually dysfunctional in someone with an addiction. There is also a genetic component to addiction as well. These children may take on unhealthy roles, can't be "kids". ...Read more

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Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Yes: Among many other government mandated suggestions, your general physician has been asked to screen his older patients for early signs of cognitive decline. ...Read more

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Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

Nearly all gone: Separate institutions for mentally retarded (or seriously mentally ill) individuals have nearly vanished in the U.S. Those with mr have quite different needs, depending on the severity of delay. People with mild delays live at home as children and may live indpendently as adults. Adults with severe mr typically live in group homes. Life quality depends on quality of services, not location. ...Read more

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Are prematurely born children more likely to have learning difficulties in school?

Are prematurely born children more likely to have learning difficulties in school?

Maybe,maybe not : Much depends on how early and what if any complications occurred along the way. Most premis fall into the 34-37 week range, most of who will be normal. Those born at 24-28 wks are much more likely to have problems. One of my smallest newborns (14 oz) graduated from the honors program at Baylor a few years ago, so I each kid is different. ...Read more

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Why do so many african american children have learning disabilities?

Why do so many african american children have learning disabilities?

Define disability: Today's aa child is more likely than others, to grow up in a single parent household, live in poverty and lack educational opportunities available to others. The family culture may place less value on education than other pursuits. I am not convinced these kids have more specific learning disabilities. They often need extra help and encouragement to reach their potential. ...Read more

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