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Visual Motor Activities For Preschoolers
By exploration.: Children develop their motor sensory and perceptual skills by exploring their environment. When they are very young they explore a great deal with their mouth and this is why we see them m outhing objects. As they learn to get around by sitting up and rolling they can see more of their environment. As they crawl, walk, and climb they discover all that they can about their world. ...Read more
Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?
Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more
Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?
Can patients (age 12) with autism and seizure disorder experience gains in cognitive and social function post seizure activity?
Seizure/Autism: Sure.Get a more detailed answer ›
At what age? If < 3: years, seek evaluation from your state's Child Find Program if concerned; if 3-5, from your school district's Child Find Team. If school age, you may have to pay for private OT & PT evaluations. See developmental screens & age-appropriate tips on healthy children.org, www.moveforwardpt.com/Children/Activities/Default.aspx#.VP09A0ZHbCR, therapystreetforkids.com/fm-strength.html & other sites. ...Read more
No proven benefit: There are no randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies to support the claims of those who provide NFB to older kids & teens with Autistic Spectrum Disorder Level 1 & average or above IQ's. EEG Biofeedback has been used since the 70's. When kids with ASD/ADHD relax & focus on 2-dimensional figures on a screen, a preferred activity, they do well. It doesn't generalize outside the lab. ...Read more
Corrective wear...: ... Is the most important treatment. The eye needs to be looking through the best prescription. The other eye should be blocked (all under the guidance of your eye doctor). If there is a muscle imbalance (strabismus), glasses and surgery are the most effective treatments, but some eye exercises can be partially effective. All treatments should be watched by your eye doctor. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Therapy: Is a start. You could also check out dale carnegie courses or toastmasters in your area. ...Read more
Brain development : from 3 weeks after conception - 25 years dictates developmental trajectory in all streams. Typically, neurons form, migrate to correct positions in the cortex & send out axons & dendrites in correct paths to transmit signals across synapses. From then on, environmental input is key, because experience- dependent neural activity, aka LEARNING, modifies synapses & eliminates unnecessary ones. ...Read more
I have moderate hearing loss w/bi lat. hearing aides. Which is better: learning sign language w/no hearing aides, or hearing aides w/no sign language?
My vote is for...: Hearing aids with no sign language is better than sign language with no hearing aids. With hearing aids, one can hear broadcasts, such as music or voice, and one can hear what other people say (because the vast majority of people don't know how to express themselves using sign language). Also, with hearing aids, one can hear sounds from machines (like cars) and from animals (such as barking). ...Read more
7yr m has (apparent sudden onset) amblyopia, speech disfluency (repeating end sounds, pausing in mid word), dyslexia, ADHD, impulsiveness. Related? See neurologist? ADHD and impulsiveness have been ongoing but amblyopia and speech disfluency recent.
Neurological problem: I would definitely see a pediatric neurologist ASAP ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: If the vision in one eye is normal, the lowered vision in the fellow eye will not impede academic achievement. There is little in academics that requires excellent vision in both eyes. The only areas affected would be those requiring stereoscopic vision. I have know doctors, lawyers, engineers and professors who have a lazy (amblyopic) eye. ...Read more
Usually affected: Most children with autism have fine motor skills that are delayed and for some they never catch up even with years of therapy. This can make writing difficult as well as buttons, zippers, socks and even flushing a toilet. When a child is young it is important to address with therapy but also to remember that there are often other more useful skills they can acquire in spite of this deficit. ...Read more
Depends on the virus: The majority of viruses produce mild to moderate symptoms during the illness and rare if any long term complications. However, herpes virus can produce major damage and long term complications (CP,Death).It can occur in the newborn period or later in life with a variable level of intensity.It attacks both the brain coverings (meninges) and the brain substance (encephalitis). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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