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Why Are High Phenol Foods Bad For Autism
Im a 21 year old male . What exactly is high functioning autism? Apparently I am disgnosed with it. :( is that a bad thing?
Forget the label: If you are functioning well, then i would simply forget the label. If you heading into difficulties you should seek out psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment just as anyone else would. The label at this point could only be helpful in terms of entitlements, but it sounds like you will not be needing them provided you are able to live independently. It is possible that the label no longer applies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
Speech/Language &: Occupational Therapists also work together on feeding issues related to sensory issues in children with ASD. Issues with smell, taste, texture & color of foods can make it difficult to insure that a child with ASD eats a well-balanced diet. I endorse this book by Ernsperger & Stegen-Hanson, but I have no financial interest in it. It helps get past " love the whites, hate the greens". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No commonality: There is no real "common" characteristic among children with autism spectrum disorder, other than altered perceptions of socialization. I know plenty of kids, without asd, that gobble and eat too quickly. So, this trait is not really characteristic of kids with asd, but could be considered characteristic of some kids and teenagers in general. ...Read more
Green and organic: Any child can be sensitive to artificial ingredients. I think the biggest offenders are artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. So as organic as you can reasonably find is good. Other than that, unless they have an allergy to a food, give them whatever they will eat. The gfcf diet usually does not improve autism unless there are gastrointestinal problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends,,,: First of all kids need to eat and grow so they need to consume food. But autistic kids have very restricted diets, and often crave the very food that is not good for them. The restricted diets are often not nutritionally complete. Different diets: gluten free, casein free, soy free, gaps, and feingold, have all been reported to help some, but not all. I would find a maps doctor to help you sort. ...Read more
Common!: Patients with autistic spectrum disorder often have poor communication skills and impulsivity. Eating becomes very important --- tactile stimulation is enhanced. Patients often have repetitive movements and speech patterns. Eating can be often and without regard for control or weight gain. Important to monitor nutritional status and have o.T, p.T. And speech therapy. ...Read more
Redirection: As with most kids, trying to change what is happening at the moment by directing the child to do something different. We too often yell at kids for bad behavior, so pick your battles and save the important reprimands for major stuff. Most of the other behaviors should attempted to be changed by reinforcement of new projects or challenges. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Enjoy your career!: "do what you love, love what you do" certainly applies to you; keeping in mind any challenges or special needs specific to you in a given work situation. First, think of what you like, your education / training, comfort, situation cause anxiety? Also consider what is available in the area in which you live and possibility of relocation. It might be helpfl to take specific courses / training. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hmmm: High functioning is exactly that. Able to achieve in school, get higher education, possibly be self sufficient, attain some social appropriateness. Regular autism is very variable. Severe autism is a tragedy. There are no known genomic or neurologic factors at this time that allow us to distinguish outcomes. Most important is love, behavioral intervention & acceptance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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