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What are the adventages, if any, for bringing in a developmental-behavioral pediatrician specialist into a child's iep team?

What are the adventages, if any, for bringing in a developmental-behavioral pediatrician specialist into a child's iep team?

Answer questions: Adding a developmental pediatrician to the team may help answer questions or clarify why your child is having difficulty. ...Read more

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Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


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Is there a name for the medical condition when a person is mature but behaves like a a little kid? (Person can take care of his basic needs!)

Is there a name for the medical condition when a person is mature but behaves like a a little kid? (Person can take care of his basic needs!)

Immaturity: The actual classification or name of the medical condition would really depend on: the actual age of the individual and their reason for acting less than their age. (by choice i.e. a psychiatric disorder or handicapped - congenital vs acquired etc). Did the individual mature normally as a child but then regressed? or did they stop at a certain level? Is there a history of trauma severe illness? ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a career as a health psychologist with an undergraduate degree in psychology?

Is it possible to have a career as a health psychologist with an undergraduate degree in psychology?

It Depends: I don't know what you mean about being a "health psychologist." I do know that different states have varied requirements as to who can call themselves a psychologist or even a therapist. Mostly, one needs a masters degree for such a career. You may be able to obtain a job in a related field, for example, you could work as an assistant in a psychiatric hospital to first see if you like it. ...Read more

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I'm seeing a therapist who holds a Ed.D. It's not a PhD in psych but is he still qualified to offer therapy and diagnosis? He works under a PhD.

I'm seeing a therapist who holds a Ed.D. It's not a PhD in psych but is he still qualified to offer therapy and diagnosis? He works under a PhD.

Yes, he is!: Especially w/ the availability of consult/supervision by the PhD. Each locale licenses differently and if you wish, you can ask about it. They should not be defensive. They should be glad you're careful. That you work well together is the big issue! EdD's have a lot of training and if he's got the right experience, that's fine! ...Read more

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Basically how is the mind conditioning is done for a depressed person by a physiatrist or a physiologist?

Basically how is the mind conditioning is done for a depressed person by a physiatrist or a physiologist?

Therapy--depression: A person talks about the depression with the doctor, and then can learn skills to help deal with the feelings, and the situations that add to the depression. When new skills are practiced, new links are established in the brain, which helps a person to stay on a "new track", so to speak. ...Read more

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What is the earliest age that a medical professional or psychologist may be able to make a diagnosis of dyslexia in a young person?

What is the earliest age that a medical professional or psychologist may be able to make a diagnosis of dyslexia in a young person?

Age at reading expec: You have to wait until the age at which children are developmentally expected to read. Generally have to wait until the child falls 2 standard deviations from grade expectation. This will have to wait until 3rd grade or later. letter reversals are normal through 3rd grade. ...Read more

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What is a functional behavior assessment like?

What is a functional behavior assessment like?

In a natural setting: Usually at school, a bcba or behavioral specialist observes a maladaptive behavior to determine its antecedent & its consequence e.g., teacher response. (a, b, c) in this way, a plan can be made for either altering the situation that precipitates the behavior or change the consequence of the behavior so that it is extinguished after a brief "extinction burst" or escalation of the behavior. ...Read more

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I live in a small town and was diagnosed with a neurological condition that needs surgery. What is the best method/service for finding a surgeon?

I live in a small town and was diagnosed with a neurological condition that needs surgery. What is the best method/service for finding a surgeon?

Ask doc, friends!: One of the best parts of having a long term relationship with your primary care doc, is that the doc will be a valuable resource for referrals and send you to a surgeon with whom he/she is familiar and trusts. Also ask family and friends. Insurance is a factor too. Check your plan and see which surgeon is on it. ...Read more

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What is basic first aid for a child who gets stung by a scorpion?

What is basic first aid for a child who gets stung by a scorpion?

Follow this: Wash affected area under cold water immediately.Apply antihistamine, a corticostetoid .An analgesic.Apply a bag of ice over the ointment to reduce pain and inflammation.Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & a dose of any pain killer.Go to the emergency room to get evaluated for scorpion anti-venom.Watch for serious reactioms eg muscle spasms, hyperventillation racing pulse or heartbeat, disorientation, anaphylactic shock. ...Read more

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I'm a male and interested in Occupational therapy. Is it unacceptable or frowned upon for a make to be on OT since it's a female dominated profession?

I'm a male and interested in Occupational therapy. Is it unacceptable or frowned upon for a make to be on OT since it's a female dominated profession?

Occ Therapist: All medical, dental, engineering & their allied professions encompass LGBT & male'/female workers. However, OT & Nursing since 1971 have barely dented, still hovering near 90%, F : M ratio. You'd be bucking the trend...go 4 it !! ...Read more

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When would a doctor refer a child for a physical therapy pt assessment?

When would a doctor refer a child for a physical therapy pt assessment?

See below: Pt referrals are usually for injury rehab, aid in developmental delay, or aid for increased or decreased muscle tone. ...Read more

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What does a psychiatrist do when a mental patient is challenging treatment?

Common ground: While it depends quite a bit on the diagnosis, generally one tries to form a therapeutic alliance. In other words to try and help the individual understand we are there to help, that we can be trusted and want to help that person reach their goals. It can take time but usually are able to find a common ground or goals, then help that person see how treatment can help them reach those goals. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm looking for a clinical psychologist in the area that test my 11 year old son for a recent diagnosis of intellectual disability after being hos?

Hi. I'm looking for a clinical psychologist in the area that test my 11 year old son for a recent diagnosis of intellectual disability after being hos?

Check insurance list: Many insurers will have a contract with a local group to screen patients for problems. You may be able to find it online or on the back of your insurance card. They may not cover intellectual testing but at least this gives you a starting point. Educational psychologists are the group most prepared for this type of evaluation although many others also do a good job. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a second opinon on a behavioral health diagnosis?

Is it possible to get a second opinon on a behavioral health diagnosis?

Yes: Of course. Just like any other diagnosis, it is possible to get a second opinion from another qualified mental health professional. ...Read more

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What is done in a first appointment to a psychologist?

What is done in a first appointment to a psychologist?

We're All Different!: 1=clarify why person seeking my help + what s/he hopes 2 get from meeting. 2= learn as much re: person as can, making movie of her/his life in my head that traces her/his: a)life experiences; b)impt relationships ; c)obstacles faced & triumphs over them; d)personal strengths & challenges; e)ways of coping; f)stories of self; g) hopes/dreams; etc. 3=decide if we seem well-matched 4 working 2gether! ...Read more

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What are the tests that a neurologist would do to check apraxia of speech for a 3 years old boy that has only a problem in his speech can say 10 words?

What are the tests that a neurologist would do to check apraxia of speech for a 3 years old boy that has only a problem in his speech can say 10 words?

A 3-year-old with : expressive language ~ 15 mos. needs a Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response, standardized testing both for Autistic Spectrum Disorder & of cognitive, social/adaptive, self-help, fine & gross motor, receptive & expressive language skills & genetic tests - Chromosomal Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X. Clinical findings show if other labs, EEG &/or MRI of the brain will help find the etiology. ...Read more

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Why is fasting generally necessary before a chemical analysis could be done on a patient?

Why is fasting generally necessary before a chemical analysis could be done on a patient?

Cross reaction: Certain foods and beverages can contain products that after break down can mimick certain classes of drugs. This can give you a false positive result and cause problems in interpreting the lab results. ...Read more

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When a cell is mutated during cloning, is it the same affect as a child who is a victim of inbreeding? I need to know for a school essay

When a cell is mutated during cloning, is it the same affect as a child who is a victim of inbreeding? I need to know for a school essay

I : I am in agreement with the prior response, but i would add that a "weak spot" in the dna - a place that is vulnerable to breakage or to change - is a weak spot and it does not matter whether the break in the dna happens because of artificial manipulation (as in cloning) or naturally (as in inherited gene defects). It is true that some diseases in humans require only 1 "mistake" in 1 copy of the gene and other diseases require that the same mistake occur in both copies of the gene before the disease state becomes evident or damaging. For example, in sickle cell anemia, if one of your 2 copies of chromosome 11 has a mistake at Amino Acid number 6 in the globin gene, you have sickle cell trait, a condition with almost no symptoms or noticeable abnormalities, not the full blown disease. But, if both copies of that chromosome 11 have the exact same mutation, the individual will have sickle cell anemia, a life-long disease characterized by recurring painful episodes, severe anemia, jaundice, and high risk of strokes, heart failure, kidney failure and chronic lung disease. On the other hand, many cases of classic hemophilia are caused by a single break in the dna of the x chromosome followed by a repair error - the broken off piece gets stuck back in the chromosome where it is supposed to be, but it is "upside down" or inverted. ...Read more

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