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How do you recommend i act around my friend's autistic sister?

How do you recommend i act around my friend's autistic sister?

Like yourself: Be friendly, smile, treat her like the human being and individual that she is, and talk to her normally. She may or may not be able to respond depending upon the severity of her condition. That does not however mean that she does not understand. ...Read more

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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Any medications to make autistic folks act more socially acceptable?

Any medications to make autistic folks act more socially acceptable?

More functional?YES!: It is extremely complex to treat, but see a true expert for multi-dimensional care & to customize the treatment. Increasingly, psychoactive meds play an important role. Fairly common & non-standard meds need be considered carefully & selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. ...Read more

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What if my husband was a autistic child and never treated how would he act today at 52 and how to deal with it?

What if my husband was a autistic child and never treated how would he act today at 52 and how to deal with it?

Autism is a complex: disorder which a large spectrum of behaviors/problems. I highly suggest you take him to a unperson therapist apt to see how /what they think of his functioning and ability to be emotionally responsive to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I should act infront of someone with autism?

Calm: People with autism don't deal well with change. They can become agitated if there is too much going on. So try to be calm, quiet and not add to the confusion or noise. Try to be understanding of their idiosyncrasies and possible tantrums or outbursts. ...Read more

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Why would there be controversy over the combating autism act?

Autism 'controversy': What is 'autism act' ? Never heard about it. There is no 'controversy' about diagnosis, , and symptomatic treatment, or usefulness of early intervention. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me why my 3 year old daughter is flicking ehr tongue in and out really fast all day long we were told she has sensory intergretion they also thought autism but the nuero she saw said no she doesnt, she act evry young for her age she isnt p

Can anyone tell me why my 3 year old daughter is flicking ehr tongue in and out really fast all day long we were told she has sensory intergretion they also thought autism but the nuero she saw said no she doesnt, she act evry young for her age she isnt p

An assessment by : Child find of your public school district will define her overall developmental levels & any degree of autism she may have for early childhood special education without a diagnosis or toileting. Tongue-flicking may indicate seizure activity, found in children with developmental delays +/- autism. You may ask for another opinion from a child neurologist or developmental/behavioral pediatrician. ...Read more

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How to know your child is autistic?

How to know your child is autistic?

ASD: This site is an excellent reference, but having your child evaluated is the best way. http://www.firstsigns.org ...Read more

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How to stop an autistic adolescent cursing?

How to stop an autistic adolescent cursing?

Follow Dr. Rankin's : Advice; check for tourette syndrome & ask his behavioral therapist or school psychologist to do a functional behavioral assessment & help you devise a "token economy system" for using only nice words. Calmly explain the words that are " not okay." set a period of time to monitor his utterances, after explaining a rule; e.g., that he earns tv/computer time only by using nice words. ...Read more

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Why can't autistic people join the military?

AGree w Dr. Fricke: "Current or history of other mental disorders (all 290–319 not listed above) that in the opinion of the civilian or military provider will interfere with, or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty, are disqualifying." See: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic.htm ...Read more

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What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

Exposing or allowing: any child access to illicit drugs, like passive smoking of marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, etc., is Child Abuse. Kids' tox screens can be + for inhalants. Laws require doctors, therapists, school nurses, teachers, etc., to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services. Most kids with ASD tolerate tiny doses of psychotropic meds, but some develop mania, psychosis, stupor, etc. ...Read more