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Why do kids with autism regress?

Kanner's 1943 paper : On autism described autistic regression in ~ 30% of toddlers, same as today. Neuroimaging of siblings of kids with autism shows atypical development of white matter at 6 -12 mos. & decline in gaze directed toward faces from 6-36 mos. In sibs who develop clinical autism up to 18 mos. After white matter changes appear, showing that autistic regression is far more gradual than previously thought. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Why do people think vaccines lead to autism?

Why do people think vaccines lead to autism?

Unethical: A paper published several years ago linked autism to MMR vaccination. Since then many follow up studies and investigations have disproven it completely. The author of the original study was later found to have altered his results due to having financial gain out of such results. It is a sad case of unethical medical behavior which has caused much confusion. ...Read more

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Why do some children have allergies?

Why do some children have allergies?

Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read more

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Do people ever predict if my children will have asperger's syndrome?

Do people ever predict if my children will have asperger's syndrome?

No: As a phenomenologically defined entity, and considering that no reliable universal genetic marker was identified, it is impossible to predict with any level of certainty as of now. What is possible though is the diagnostic evaluation of a kid already exhibiting behaviors. ...Read more

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Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism? I'm starting to believe that myself.

Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism?  I'm starting to believe that myself.

Not researchers, who: Have found that autism, like asthma & diabetes type i, has many genetic "set-ups" or epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes. These impact fetal brain development in ways that allow "triggers" to cause signs of ASD white matter development on MRI at 6 mos. Showed signs of ASD 6-18 mos. Later. ...Read more

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Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read more

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Do people really believe MMR vaccines cause autism in children?

Do people really believe MMR vaccines cause autism in children?

False associations : The vaccine haters have tried to link shots to crib death, cerebral palsy & now autism over the past 30 yrs. Each time the science & biology have proven them wrong. The british doc who claimed MMR triggered cases lost his license when his fraudulent research was exposed. Autism is emerging as a gene linked defect & future research may point to its origin, but it has found no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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Why do 47xxy people have difficulty having children?

Why do 47xxy people have difficulty having children?

Genetic dysfunction: 47 XXY is a genetic condition that sometimes can cause hypogonadism and developmental delay. For those planning families, it's important to remember that there is a split of the x and y chromosomes in the sperm, and usually it's an equal split, some with x and some with y. With 47xxy, a lot of sperm, 2/3 most likely, will have either xx or xy, leading to non-viable sperm-egg combinations. ...Read more

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Why do so many african american children have learning disabilities?

Why do so many african american children have learning disabilities?

Define disability: Today's aa child is more likely than others, to grow up in a single parent household, live in poverty and lack educational opportunities available to others. The family culture may place less value on education than other pursuits. I am not convinced these kids have more specific learning disabilities. They often need extra help and encouragement to reach their potential. ...Read more

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Why do some kids get jra?

Why do some kids get jra?

Most are not JRA!: Jra is an oxymoron, for the most part. Most children have what is now called "juvenile idiopathic arthritis, " which usually are forms of adult spondyloarthropathies in children. My studies (see rheumatology, supplement 1, january 2012, oxford press). Children usually had multiple hla types associated with these diseases, perhaps making them more susceptible. Few are ccp+, a marker for true ra! ...Read more

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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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Why do I have childish behaviors?

Why do I have childish behaviors?

Assertiveness helps: Everyone has room for growth. If people fall back on childish behaviors that are ineffective they may be lacking coping resources (skills) that would be more effective in meeting their needs. Learning more effective alternatives to childish behavior would yield improved results. Increased assertiveness, in particular can help tremendously in allowing people to better stand up for themselves. ...Read more

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What advice do you have for parents with kids who have cerebral palsy?

What advice do you have for parents with kids who have cerebral palsy?

Love them dearly: Cerebral palsy is a static dysfunction of motor abilities. It can affect just one half of the body, just lower body, or can affect entire body. It can be associated with epilepsy and with mental retardation, but can occur with no other complication. Most children learn to lead near normal lives but need special therapy and equipment. Excellent services are available through schools. ...Read more

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Why do downs syndrome kids have trouble eating?

Why do downs syndrome kids have trouble eating?

Eating: Size of mouth and oral cavity usually crowded by size of the toungue.. Have your child seen by your pediatrician for appropriate physical examination and reccs and referrals. ...Read more

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Why advice do you have for raising healthy kids with ADHD and autism?

Why advice do you have for raising healthy kids with ADHD and autism?

1st have evaluations: by a developmental/behavioral pediatrician for genetic & other medical causes & a child neuropsychologist to determine strengths & weaknesses. Cont. educational/behavioral therapy 25-40 hrs./week + parent training + social skills group therapy at 6 & >.Find a DBPede, child psychiatrist or neurologist adept at medication doses for kids with ASD & ADHD. Care for your own mental & physical health. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have autism / asperger's syndrome?

How do I know if I have autism / asperger's syndrome?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand that other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely. Than just social anxiety or other issues. ...Read more

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Why do some people have learning disabilities?

Why do some people have learning disabilities?

Specific Learning : Disorder is diagnosed in school-age children with avg. to > avg. IQ's. Some families have mutant genes for Specific Language Impairment & resultant Reading Disorder & Disorder of Written Expression. Math impairment may be from Non-Verbal Learning Disability, associated with many syndromes, some of which are inheritable. Low birthweight, brain infections, trauma & trauma are some other causes. ...Read more

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People has learning disabilities who thoses do not have epilepsy and others do have epilepsy what's the difference?

People has learning disabilities who thoses do not have epilepsy and others do have epilepsy what's the difference?

Epilepsy & learning: For some children, seizures interfere with attention, which makes it difficult for them to learn. Normally this occurs with childhood absence seizures. They may appear so subtle they are not noticed. There are many other causes of difficulty with learning, One must not assume seizures are the cause. Teachers may recognize some of the causes of learning disabilities. ...Read more

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Why do you think so many of today's kids have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Why do you think so many of today's kids have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

More awareness: There's more awareness & acceptance of this diagnosis. It's always been with us, ~5% of the us population, but it went undignosed in children for too long. There is no evidence that anything other than inheritance & neurotrauma (prenatal nicotine, alcohol, mj, Cocaine exposure; prematurity, inflammation, perinatal stress, multiple births, oxygen deprivation, or intrauterine malnutrition)are cause. ...Read more

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Why do kids with autism like to count things?

Autism: Part of autism as a disorder includes a preoccupation with repetitive activities, such as repeating the same words, phrases, and actions, e.g., counting. Any deviation from this routine can be very bothersome to the person. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more