Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Donna asks…

My son keeps getting into trouble, what can I do to prevent this?

My son is 7 years old, he swears, fights with other kids and can’t control his anger. Has had 3 detentions in the last 2 years, I consider myself to be a good mum, I never swear around my boy and I have no voilence around him, what can be causing him to behave in this way? However his older brother is totally opposite, he has more of a soft nature. My 7 yr old can be a little darling too! But when he is angry he just gets really angry, there’s no calming him down. I wish there was something I can do other than councelling, I’ve tried everything..

admin answers:

Obviously, something is bother your little one to the point of him lashing out. It is so important to find out the problem, because if you don’t, you are only “treating” the symptoms and not the actual problem. He is probably too young to know how to express himself, he sounds really frustrated.

His issues could range from something minor (like jealousy of his brother, school) to something major (pedophilic abuse, PDD, Autism, ADHD). I’m not suggesting these are what his problems are, these are just examples.

If possible, I would take extra time with him and go out and do activities that he likes to do and unassumingly “let” him talk about things or ask him a few “innocent questions” to get him to express himself. This may also work with an adult he and YOU can trust, he may innocently just start talking about what is going on with him, without him even knowing he is actually giving out helpful information.

If after a few rounds of trying to get to the bottom of things, I would suggest taking him to see a good pediatric behaviorist that is experienced with childhood issues. They are well practiced at what they do and can also help you help your son. His issues may be more than you can handle on your own. Who knows.

I wish you luck, I know it is so hard for a parent to watch their child suffer.

PS I so do Not agree with “Toby” about taking away everything in his room but his bed… That negative move would scar him for life. He’s only 7 for crying out loud!

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Question?: Autistic Adults

Sandra asks…

Should an adult with autism tell his wife to be that he is autistic?

He was recently tested and it was confirmed that he is autistic. He thinks it should not have any affect on his relationship. I tried to tell him in a round about way, that he is betraying her by withholding important information, especially since they want kids.
It does matter because and he needs to tell her, because they have to learn how to deal with each other if they want to may a go at marriage. Marriag has enough ups and downs. What if she has a baby who is autistic and he shuts down and can’t help her. It’s only fair that she knows what to expect, so she can prepare herself. Besides this girl has been upfront with her disabilities…so should he. I think if he doesn’t …it’s betrayal. and the marriage will not have a chance.

admin answers:

Having been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome 5 years ago at the age of 31 unexpectedly, and having experience with “coming out” to a number of people, I can testify that he’s in a weird situation. Being autistic isn’t an illness, and contrary to what one poster mentioned about not being able to be touched, that’s not at all universal, even amongst those that are more notably autistic than others: some crave being touched, and will go out of their way to be touched, much to the chagrin of others: it’s perverse when you get two autistics together, one wanting to hug constantly and the other one not wanting to hug, because of the hilarity that ensues! It’s not an illness, it’s a neurotype that is different from the majority of the population, but it does not qualify as a mental illness anymore than stating a cat that doesn’t act like a dog is a sick dog.

There are ramifications to coming out (or not) that have long-term results, perhaps good and bad. One of them is I believe in future child custody battles (should things ever come down to that) it’s quite possible to find yourself in a weak bargaining position if you’re considered “defective” in some manner, which only needs to be in the eye of the judge and/or jury, depending on how things are done, or in the eyes of the state, should there ever be any allegations of bad parenting for whatever reason.

Another reason is that often, once someone learns that you’re autistic, they start treating you very differently than before, as though you’re not nearly as capable of understanding at the same level you clearly were before, which is rather frustrating, to say the least.

On the other hand, you might be more fortunate (and this may go along with the previous point as part of a win one, lose one scenario) and have people you tell be more understanding of not subjecting you to sensory nightmares, but it’s also possible that someone less than kind could take advantage of you in that manner, too, and use that against you and not fight fair or treat you right, knowing that something will cause you problems and make you react in a manner that seems all out of proportion to someone watching from the outside that doesn’t understand what’s really going on.

An interesting observation I’ve made is that often people on the spectrum will be magnetically drawn to each other, without conscious thought: what if she, too, is an undiagnosed autistic? I also have an autistic older sister, as well as a nephew, and you can’t be too sure at all times unless you really know someone and their history. The biggest meaningful consistent difference between Asperger’s and Kanner’s autistics is when they start speaking verbally (if at all) while all the other things vary, including the IQ, all over from the low end to the very high end. Speech by itself is a lousy indicator of intelligence, because sensory issues are very important in being able to master the physical ability to verbalize and also to understand verbal speech: if you can’t process audio well enough due to problems making sense of the complex audio of speech, combined with being unable to feel and hear yourself properly to mechanically speak, you could have a high genius IQ, but if people only go by what they can understand as being intelligent speech and communication because that’s the only way they know how to communicate, getting across information is fraught with problems. I personally had to deal with several years of speech therapy, due to not having sufficient control and feeling, not due to not understanding language, and to this day, it’s still not perfect for pronunciation all the time, especially in periods of sensory overload, where things get much worse. Oh, right: where was I going with this paragraph? It’s entirely possible that she fell in love with a lot of his autistic qualities, even if she didn’t have a name in mind to check against. It’s even quite possible that before they got married, she had a solid clue or knew, and just didn’t bother to mention it, for whatever reason. After all, it’s just a check mark if you suspect, and if you still feel the same way after, how much does it matter?

So, yes, somehow he should eventually tell her, perhaps in a more subtle way than coming straight out and telling her, to test the waters and break it to her gently, because it may come as quite a shock, but then again, it may be no shock at all, but now that he’s aware, it does seem he’s accountable for that fact.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In India

Daniel asks…

how to get rid of broken blood vessels on face?

theyve been there for about 2 years now?
cold/ice doesnt work
and treatment besides covering them up?

admin answers:

The root cause lies elsewhere.Hormonal imbalance, vitiation of blood, a displaced solar plexus, heavy loss of immunity, fatigue. U may safely try————-

TARGET THERAPY* for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, etc., —it should aim @ [3] steps.
1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses[females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
• 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.

• Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
• Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days to have total cure.

PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,—an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.
Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India— treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes,irregular meness and also many other most dreaded diseases—Dr.Devendra Vora has analysed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Chris asks…

Is there any cure whatsoever to autism?

Although there is no known cure to autism, there HAS to be one. I really don’t like being autistic. I am only 16 years old yet I could end up like this for the rest of my life. To those fortunate to not suffer from it, autism symptoms includes mental inability to verbally communicate to almost anyone, mood swings, lack of informal language, lack of eye contact and perhaps apathy. All of these which I am suffering. It is really difficult for me to speak to anyone. I even say that I can’t but I am always told that I can and would not be able to if I keep saying that I cannot. That would not help and probably nothing will :sigh:.

Communication is the main thing in concern for me as I do want to speak and be confident but end up the complete opposite. I am also losing the will to live. The simple answer to suicide is “no” but looking at this can make it a “yes”. I have quite low intelligence as I have gained dislike on some generic words like “kid”, “food”, “movie” etc. I know that you’re laughing at this but this is true. More on the symptoms, I end up aggressive when disturbed and often pulling my hair out. I usually pull my hair out as I don’t like having haircuts as it grows so soon. I also do not like curly hair which I tend to straighten the curls and lower the whole hair down as much as possible as it is afro hair and I do not like afros despite me being black.

These irregular habits can also be symptoms to autism. No cure means no hope so there isn’t going to be any and I might as well commit suicide unless something miraclous happens when a cure is answered or a damn good reason why I should not end my life.

admin answers:

Go to and click on the weblink to see a video of a teenager talking about his recovery from Asperger’s. Then have your parents read the website and click on the recommended links to find practitioners to help you.

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Question?: Autistic Definition

Sandy asks…

what is the definition of intelligence?

admin answers:

“Intelligence is not an exclusive monopoly of genius; it is an attribute of all men, and the differences are only a matter of degree.”
“Intelligence is the ability to deal with a broad range of abstractions.”

One of the most intelligent people on the planet is severely autistic, but having learned to “deal with a broad range of abstractions” he taught himself to get around his affliction. In a documentary about him I saw him learn Mandarin Chinese in one week–on a dare, to demonstrate his intelligence.

People with Reye’s Syndrome used to be automatically locked away–until a few brave parents decided to keep their kids at home and learned how smart they can be. They, too, can “deal with a broad range of abstractions.” One of them became a TV star on a series called “Eight is Enough.”

So intelligence isn’t what you know; it’s how you have learned to put it to use.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Helen asks…

What’s wrong with my toddler? Autism, Sensory Integration Disorder, or something else?

I am fully aware of the fact that the people on here are not doctors and are not qualified to diagnose. My son (just turned 3) will have an appointment with a developmental pediatrician in September for a thorough examination, but in the meantime I was wondering if anyone else has experienced the following symptoms and what they may mean:
– severe speech delay (some sounds, and single syllable words)
– doesn’t like to socialize with other kids (slightly better with adults)
– people laughing around him really bothers him
– likes smelling his food before eating it, also smells other things
– loves water (flushing toilets, playing in the tub or pool), but if he doesn’t get to flush the toilet he gets over it without much of a problem
– no spinning, no rocking, no hand flapping, no toe walking (no “typical” autistic behaviors). Tons of eye contact and smiles/giggles.
– communicates with signs and knows colors, numbers to 10, and starting to learn letters.
Any ideas would be appreciated
Thank you for the comments so far…just to note, his hearing was checked and is normal.

admin answers:


First, if possible, I would try to get your son in for an evaluation before September, as it does sound like some extra speech and/or occupational therapy would probably be beneficial, whether he receives a diagnosis of autism or not. And definitely the earlier the better.

After you receive what will hopefully be a thorough evaluation, you can begin putting a team of people together who can get to know your son and give you some ideas about things you can do to encourage his development.

I was really glad to hear that although his speech is limited, he is able to communicate through signs. That is excellent, because if your child can communicate with you, it cuts out a major frustration that many families experience in not being able to communicate with their child. The speech therapist will be able to put a program together for you to encourage more speech, and will show you how you can help him even more in your home.

In reading through the symptoms, it seems like your child experiences some sensory integration problems. I have a lot of information and resources about this on my website, because I also experience sensory issues, and I have ever since I was a baby. An occupational therapist who is familiar with sensory integration would be the best one to consult with here.

However, you can help your son in the mean time by being aware of his issues and needs, which it sounds like you already are getting a good handle on. Noises, for example the sound of laughing (might be the tones or something) really bother him. Are there other noises too? If so, help him to stay away from those noises. Provide him a quiet place to be if you can.

He is probably sensitive to smells, based on what you said, and can probably smell things that most people would never notice. Food is a very sensory experience. Not only does it have many different kinds of smells, but also different textures, and tastes, and this will be something to pay attention to as you take this journey with your son.

Great that he loves water. You can use this because water is excellent for sensory stimulation. Is there a place you can take him swimming? If so, great! Another thing you can do in the house, is allow him time for water play. Fill the sink or tub, and (with supervision of course) let him go at it. You might consider investing in a sand & water table that he could play with. Also great for sensory input.

Glad also to hear about the eye contact, smiles, giggles, etc. This sounds like no matter what else is going on, you are connected with your child, and that will be one of the most important parts of his treatment in the future.

Good Luck, and feel free to contact me anytime with questions.


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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 6 Year Old

David asks…

Is my 2 year old kid autistic?

My son has following autisitic like symptoms
1) He flaps hands at times, spins in garden, spins wheels and plates, bangs head some times shakes head. But these are mostly when we try to teach him something and he is not bale to understand that.
2) Does not turn head when called by name
3) Has less eye contact
4) Not interested in other children and people
5) And most importantly is not able to understand and speak till now.

Although he has following distinctions also
1) he looks when asked for chocolate or some sounds like “cat coming to eat you”(in normal voice). Also looks on hearing his name when I came back from office or meet him somewhere on road.
2) He says mama, papa, dada, baba but not to call us.
3) Takes us to places where he wants something and places my hand there.
4) Watches advertisments and songs.
5) Knows how to get thing things that are lying above like putting tables or support to rise up.
6) Understands when asked “Sarthak let go out”, “mummy ko khilao(feed mummy), he puts the spoon in my mouth”.
7) Is very affectionate to me and his father, hugs us.
8) Not involved with kids but laughs on seeing them play, and is able to stay in between them.
9) Not a fussy eater, eats everything given.
10) Not resistable to change, can adjust in any place, stays in playschool for 3 hours and even creche for 8-9 hours.
Please let me know if my kid has autism or not.

admin answers:

Hello Nisha-
Here is what I am going to say
First, take your child to a child psychologist
Second if he affirms your suspicions start working with him ASAP!

Please Read because my son has autism and I was in the same boat you are
Autism is a spectrum disorder
What does that mean?
That on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being severe, 1 being extremely high functioning)
that if your child displays any signs of autism, he probably has some sort of Autism
Autism comes in various forms(Aspergers which is high functioning) Rhetts syndrome(more common in girls) Fragile-X syndrome, PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified) and classic autism (everything the person does is a characteristic of Autism)
Hand flapping, spinning, and banging of the head are what people with ASD do. Why?
It is called stimming (or stimulation that makes them feel good for lack of or over stimulation of their sensory system)
the top 5 characteristics you mention as well as a few of the bottom point to Autism
Many times people with autism only interact with others to use them as a “tool” for their needs
they respond to their “own” language
However you need to look at the positive side
many children w/autism are not affectionate/very fussy eaters/will not adjust to change.
Find out the tools you need by finding an organization for autism in your community.
He may qualify for public schooling at such a young age for developmental delays
The brain at such a young age is a sponge, it soaks up so much before 6 years
start now, you don’t have any time to waste
hope this helps

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Question?: Autistic Behavior

Thomas asks…

What bad behavior do autistic children have?

I have to do a debate at school and the topic is – ‘there is never a problem child; there are only problem parents’ and im the 1st negative speaker so i am saying that there aren’t problem parents it just the kids and one of my arguments is about medical conditions and one of the conditions i have to cover is autism.
What are so bad behaviors that autistic kids have? like to make people think there problem children?

admin answers:

I have two autistic sons, and they are frequently mistaken for being bad problem children, or I am mistaken as an uniformed, lazy parent who is wishing for unsolicited advice by the public, lol.

Autistic children lack social skills, they may talk too loud, strip their clothes off (sensory issue), roll around on the floor (also sensory), dart away, do a high pitched squealing, bang their heads (sensory issue), have difficulty with any changes in routine, are impulsive
here is a sensory processing checklist, most behaviors that autistic children exhibit that are ‘negative’ are sensory. Most children on the autistic spectrum have sensory issues.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Paul asks…

Present your position on medicating children ?

Do you think its good or bad to medicate children with autism, ADHD or Learning Disabilities.

admin answers:

My daughter has ADHD and Dyslexia, very few people knew she had ADHD because of our strict routine and behavioural management.

We were very reluctant to put my daughter on Ritalin, so I compromised with her pediatrician, that she only take the medication through the school week. We also monitored her diet, no junk food, no food additives or colourings, we also had a routine and did behavioural management.

All medication has it pros & cons, and we need to consider whether the benefit out weighs the side effects or vice versa. We also need to look at alternative treatments, programs, diet and or behavioural management.

Ritalin had the affect of decreasing my daughter appetite, but the up side in her words “I can think clearly, and all the noise in my head has stopped”, and she also said “I can think better”, this was said to her pediatrician after she had been taking the Ritalin for two weeks. We noticed she was calmer, we could talk to her with out her jumping around like a jack rabbit or over talking us.

As a few other people have said there is no medication to help/improve Learning disabilities.

ADHD/ADD has been around for many years, but the child was labeled as lazy, odd, inattentive, accident prone, impulsive, highly strung, disorganized etc (I was often described as being highly strung).

Over the past few year brain mapping has shown that there is a malfunction in certain parts of the brain, when cross matched with “normal” subjects, and brain mapping is increasingly used as a diagnostic tool in diagnosing ADHD/ADD.

Many people do not realize that ADHD/ADD was first described by a Dr. Heinrich Hoffman around 1845, and in 1902 Sir George F. Still, who published a series of lectures for the Royal College of Physicians in England. Sir George which describes a group of impulsive kids with behavioral problems. He went on to suggest that the cause was genetic, not poor child rearing.

I might add that 50 years, the medical profession had little or know understanding of etiology (cause) of a disease, condition or disability. Hence many people were misdiagnosed, mistreated and put into institutions.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Charles asks…

What can I do about my psychiatrist who says adults don’t have ADHD?

I know I have it because I fit all the DSM IV criteria and I have a classic ADHD lifestyle and work/education history, but my psychiatrist is treating me for Bipolar Disorder even though my symptoms persist. What can I do? p.s. Adults do have ADHD and there is an Adult ADHD clinic in Cambridge, UK, where I live.

admin answers:

CHANGE YOUR DOCTOR/PSYCHIATRIST. Does he/she think that children with adhd suddenly reach a certain age and it dissapears? If only.
Im 39 and i have adhd though it wasnt diagnosed till i reached adulthood,though in ur shrinks defence a lot of symptoms of bipolar,aspergers,mild autism adhd etc do overlap with each other and a firm diagnosis isnt always easy to make.
I live in rotherham and the shrink i see specialises in adhd in children and adults.
Get in touch with the adhd clinic u mention and ask for their advice and remember adhd is for life,not just for xmas lol.
Though it can be treated/ eased substantialy with the use of medication,lifestyle and dietary changes.
Good luck.

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