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My 3 yr old son has high functioning autism. I read weighted blankets may help kids with this disorder. What exactly would they help him with?

My 3 yr old son has high functioning autism.  I read weighted blankets may help kids with this disorder.  What exactly would they help him with?

Help relax and sleep: People with autism or asperger's syndrome often feel more comfortable with additional weight pressing against them. This can help them relax and sleep better at night. According to the autism speaks website, some insurance companies will even cover the cost of these if the claim is filled out properly. See: http://www.Autismspeaks.Org/family-services/resource-library/sensory-tools-products. ...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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Does wearing a weighted vest during exercise help prevent osteoporosis?

Does wearing a weighted vest during exercise help prevent osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis: Not necessary to wear a weighted belt during exercise, such as cardiovascular work, to prevent osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercise, i.e light weight training is the rule along with supplementation of calcium and vitamin D3. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and I am a kidney transplant reciepient of 14 years. Would it be recommended to wear a weighted vest for workouts?

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and I am a kidney transplant reciepient of 14 years. Would it be recommended to wear a weighted vest for workouts?

Get to your: Nephrologist to make sure that your medications don't need to be adjusted in light of your osteoporosis. Have him check your calcium levels too. I am afraid that a weighted vest might place additional stress on your weakened bones. ...Read more

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Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Most definitely : Spend a day with one. It has been estimated that the stress of raising an autistic child is equal to that of a tour of duty in iraq or afganistan. ...Read more

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What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Sensory Rooms: "A sensory room is a place where children can use multi-sensory experiences to explore, to calm themselves, and to practice important social skills. There are many types of sensory rooms. Some multi-sensory rooms have bright lights, loud sounds, popping colors and fragrances. These rooms are designed to encourage language skills and emotions." ...Read more

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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors : Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks.post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...Read more

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Can autistic children often wander off by themselves?

Can autistic children often wander off by themselves?

Not uncommon : Many children with autism, especially when younger and with fewer communication and social skills, are at risk for elopement. There may not experience a sense of danger at leaving or recognize the need to notify others of desire. For some it is such a problem that they need to keep some type of tracking device on. Luckily this will become less an issue for most as they are older. Aba can help. ...Read more

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What are the causes of autism or how is it diagnosed to young children?

No known cause: There is currently no known cause. A diagnosis is usually made after a psychiatrist or physician obtains a complete history and physical and bases the diagnosis on specific criteria. Often a test called the ados can provide further information in making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are sensory rooms used to teach autistic children in the united kingdom?

Can you tell me how are sensory rooms used to teach autistic children in the united kingdom?

Sensory Rooms: A sensory room is a place where children use multi-sensory experiences to explore, to calm themselves, and to practice important social skills. There are many types of sensory rooms. Some multi-sensory rooms have bright lights, loud sounds, popping colors and fragrances. These rooms are designed to encourage language skills and emotions. Other rooms offer a calming environment." ...Read more