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Doctor insights on: Working With People With Intellectual Disabilities

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more


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Can people with ADHD or autism ever overcome their social problems?

Can people with ADHD or autism ever overcome their social problems?

Yes: There is a big distinction between the social problems of an adhd person & someone with autism. Adhd pts usually gain social skills later, but completely, compared to normals if treated with stimulant medication. Autism patients rarely attain "normal" social abilities. Both groups benefit from social skills training & counseling. Self confidence is most important in this area. ...Read more

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What is community care for with people with learning disabilities?

What is community care for with people with learning disabilities?

See below: It is an alternative to institutionalizing individuals with ld's into residential treatment facilities. Acceptance and intergration in the public communities are essential and vital to allowing them to have the best quality of life without preconception. Unfortunately, many in the communities are often opposed to these heterogeneous collection of individuals-ignorance and fear lend to this. ...Read more

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Can people with ADHD overcome their social problems?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Can people with ADHD overcome their social problems?

Adhd: As mentioned in previous response, supportive counseling and social skills training. ...Read more

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How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

Our brain receives: And processes information through various parts of the brain, e.g., the speech center is in the left hemisphere and emotionality is in an area known as the libmic system. Verbal skills are highly developed in one part and recognition of nonverbal cues from face, tone of voice, etc. Are not as well developed, thus creating some social issues. Strengths and weakness vary for everyone. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more

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Do kids with microtia generally have learning disabilities?

Do kids with microtia generally have learning disabilities?

If hearing-impaired,: even a mild unilateral hearing loss, babies with microtia need Early Intervention at 0-3 & Early Childhood Special Ed. thru the school district at 3 -5 for receptive/expressive language delay, a precursor of dyslexia & disorder of written expression, & a Craniofacial Team evaluation. Of the 53 gene mutations known to cause Microtia, 5 also cause Intellectual Disability. See my comment. ...Read more

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How can you prevent poor social skills in someone with learning disabilities?

Find a counselor : Who works on teaching social skills, or find a social skills group therapy group. ...Read more

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How do people with autism cope with making public presentations?

Autism: Persons with autism are not all mentally retarded. Some have excellent personality inspite of weird repetitive behaviors and problem of communications.I think they can do presentatons ...Read more

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Why do so many children get diagnosed with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

Trendy, w/ a reason: Med diagnoses often are fed by trends. The trend often starts however w/ a large unmet need- such as too many kids struggling in our society. Then we find we actually can do something about it- there are excellent meds, approaches, treatments now that can make a difference. So people seek care & drs diagnose in order to provide treatment. Plus, the definitions for these conditions have broadened. ...Read more

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Can people with autism spectrum disorder live independently on their own?

Yes: Yes, depending on the indiviual level of functioning, many people with autism can function independantly. Of course there are those at the other end of the scale who will always need some degree of supervision. If you have met 1 person with autism, you have only met one person with autism. Everyone is unique. ...Read more

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Do people with asperger's disorder usually suffer from motor-coordination skills problems?

Do people with asperger's disorder usually suffer from motor-coordination skills problems?

Asperger's: Yes. Gross motor difficulties are common but not in all cases. Clay marzon, #1 surfer in the world is aspie. So it depends. Here is an overview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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How can people with aspergers deal with people with a mood disorder such as borderline personality disorder?

How can people with aspergers deal with people with a mood disorder such as borderline personality disorder?

Confusing: Borderline personality d/o is not at basis a mood disorder, but does have instability of moods/affects as well as sense of identity and relationships with others. They fluctuate between fears of abandonment and fears of intimacy, and are in general much more distressed than someone with asperger's. In asperger's the person misses social cues, and may not "get" why the borderline pd is upset. ...Read more

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Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Be supportive: Children with mood disorders have a lot of emotions, anxiety, sadness/depression, irritability and sometimes feel that no one cares about them. Encouraging them to do their best and showing them you care and believe in them helps them to feel safer around you and may help them to be more receptive to your instructions. Most children like to please adults and will do their best if they trust you. ...Read more

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Can kids with socialized conduct disorder feel empathy?

Can kids with socialized conduct disorder feel empathy?

Yes.: It's important to remember that within any diagnosis the individuals differ. Yes, children with socialized conduct disorder can experience empathy. Research has shown that children, in general, are very empathic beings. ...Read more

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Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Usually some: By definition, kids with asperger's disorder have relatively intact language ability. A child with more severe language problems would be diagnosed with a more severe autistic spectrum disorder. That being said, kids with asperger's often have difficulty maintaining "normal" conversations, regulating tone of voice, catching other people's social cues and body language, and understanding humor. ...Read more

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Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

They often can: Autism spectrum disorders are complex in terms of cognitive functioning., language, learning disorders, memory, motor and sensory disorders, executive functions, and even rarer neuropsychological factors. Even children labeled "mild" can be very different. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to assess these skills can be expensive, but can zero in on learning strategies and needs. ...Read more

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Does anyone have examples of online support for parents with learning disabilities?

Does anyone have examples of online support  for parents with learning disabilities?

See below:: Try: www.Ldonline.Org/ it is called ld online-works with learning disabilities association of america. ...Read more