Second opinion. A school should not diagnose autism. They may suggest that a formal evaluation be done by a qualified professional who could make an accurate assessment of your child. Then a referral for applied behavioral analysis could be provided. They could work with your school to provide the best setting for optimal outcome.
A process. They will ask your permission to do a multidisciplinary team evaluation to determine your child's current cognitive, adaptive, self-help, social and motor functioning and to assess for autism using parent and teacher questionnaires and a tool like the autism diagnostic observation schedule to determine the degree of autism. Then an individualized educational plan will be made with your input.
Need to see a. Developmental pediatrician and have an evaluation done to confirm the diagnosis. If so, then begin therapies and treatments to help improve symptoms. It is helpful to have speech, ot, pt evaluations as well.
Speak to pediatricia. Speak to your pediatrician who can begin an evaluation. You may need a referral to a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.,
See below. There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may help for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism.
Transition to. Adulthood is tough sometimes, as parents have to decide if they want legal guardianship. If not, they have no say in medical care in their 18-year-olds & up who have both autism & intellectual disability. Schools start transition plans at age 14, meeting with parents & student to find a workplace & social supports. Research guidelines for ssi, medicaid & other services at 18 on autism speaks.
Challenges. We do not have a therapy for ASD but we do have therapies for the associated challenges. For instance, if a high school student has trouble holding a conversation they may benefit from speech therapy or social skills training or role play or even some on line social games. If ritualistic behavior is worse medications and cognitive behavioral therapy is helpful.
Sometimes. 3 characteristics of normal young babies have been found to be a good screen for autism: 1) baby looks at your face, 2) shared smile at 2 months, 3) frequency of vocalization. If these are not present, a parent should be concerned.
Access Services. Start with your physician and work on a plan to access the local services in your area. I don't know the age of your child, but early intervention services are key. Try your school district, speech and occupational therapy may be necessary. Early intervention with helping your child with social skills training will help! Best of luck and hope this helps!
Seek treatment. Early recognition and early intervention are key to the successful management of these young children. They frequently respond to the use of pediatric experienced occupational and speech therapists. As they get to age 3 years the proper school environment is very important. Applied behavior analysis can be very helpful with difficult behaviors. Remeber that their are support groups present to help.
I'd choose a pedia- Trician who provides aap- recommended developmental surveillance with standardized screening tests & autism-specific screening at 18 & 24 mos. If impaired social communication & reciprocity were seen at any age, i'd seek a diagnosis from a developmental/behavioral pediatrician & child neuropsychologist & begin early start denver model therapy or other intensive behavioral intervention asap.
Contact. Contact other parents to get recommendation of the best specialists, schools and resources in your area.
Begin researching. Successful therapies in my practice include dietary changes (gluten free casein free), probiotics, cod liver oil, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy. Chinese medicine, homeopathy have also led to some incredible improvements. Look for a dan (defeat autism now) doc near you.
Find a Doctor. Get a dr who is experienced in dealing with asd, & 1 that is willing 2 listen 2 your concerns. Also connect with support group of other parents, they have been there & can help share experience. Educate yourself about options for treatment. No treatment works for every child, but there are scores of options available. Some only work for 5% of kids, but u don't know until you try something.
Asd. Find a good psychologist and get social skills groups plus parenting advice. Check out this video on youtube: http://youtu. Be/xg1ngp1ngds.
Why ever??? It is common for bizarre therapies to gain a following when a problem is difficult ; no successful treatments are offered through regular health sources. They are offered with the statement "your doc doesn't know about this" or they are trying to "hide" the benefit. Autism gradually improves over time in most cases with loving supportive care. These programs are a waste of time but do what you wish.
Varies. Essential oils can be calming for children with autism as well as neurotypical children and adults but will not "cure" autism or any disorder. There are many combinations of natural ingredients that can be blended together to try and achieve affect. Massaging the oils into the back of the neck, on the wrists palm up or on the temples works well. It can be done throughout the day and before bed.
Multiple impairments. Autism is a disorder that involves qualitative impairment in several different realms including things such as impaired use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye to eye gaze, , failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level, lack of social reciprocity. Also impairments in communication, restricted repetitive behaviors, etc. Look to dsm4tr for more details.
Is Sensory Processing Disorder real? Or just hype? Is an actual dx? Or just a symptom? Is it on the Autism Spectrum?
It's a real disorder. Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which kids have difficulty receiving and integrating information from the senses. They can be unusually sensitive or insensitive to stimuli. There may be heightened brain activity in response to light, sound, touch, etc. It may have genetic causes and be present in persons w/ developmental disorders such as autism.