Tag Archives: 5 Months

Question?: Pdd Autism

Paul asks…

What is Autism exactly-I have an autistic sister?

I would like to understand her situation better. I don’t live with her so when ever I do see her (which is like maybe once every 5 months, if that) she’s a little hard to handle. She’s very hyper. And she’s got more problems other than just autism.

But what is autism exactly? I just want to understand my baby sister more.

admin answers:

Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger’s Syndrome (these children typically have normal speech, but they have many “autistic” social and behavioral problems).

It used to be thought that autism is just a fate that you accept.The good news is that there are now a wide variety of treatment options which can be very helpful. Some treatments may lead to great improvement, and others may have little or no effect, but a good starting point would be the parent ratings of biomedical interventions, which presents the responses of over 25,000 parents in showing the effectiveness of various interventions on their own child.

ARI’s Diagnostic Checklist, Form E-2, was developed by Dr. Bernard Rimland to diagnose children with Kanner’s syndrome (which is also known as ‘classical autism’). Many parents and professionals have also used the E-2 checklist to assist in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You can print out, complete the checklist, and then mail it to ARI for scoring. Our staff will analyze the responses and send you a score along with an interpretation. The checklist is available in 17 different languages. There is no charge for this service.

How Common is it? For many years autism was rare – occurring in just five children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990’s, the rate of autism has increased exponentially around the world with figures as high as 60 per 10,000. Boys outnumber girls four to one. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism.

What is the Outlook? Age at intervention has a direct impact on outcome–typically, the earlier a child is treated, the better the prognosis will be. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the percentage of children who can attend school in a typical classroom and live semi-independently in community settings. However, the majority of autistic persons remain impaired in their ability to communicate and socialize.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Mary asks…

does autism get better?

My toddler who is 3 yrs old and 5 months is finally talking a little bit, she says “come on, baby up, all done, juice, candy, eat it, and things like that but its rare. Shes coming around really slow. its seems that now that Ive got her to talk a little, shes now rebellious! She wont drink out of her sippy cup, she wants a big girl cup and i have to stand and supervise her everytime she drinks; otherwise, she will spill it all on the floor. she also stopped using her spoon, she pushes it away and says “nope” and shed rather eat with her hands.
I wonder if it has something to do with the 1000iu of vitamin D3 I have her on. Since i put her on vitamin d3 she started to talk a whole lot but she lost her skills of using her spoon and cup, well she uses the open top regular cup just fine….anyway I want to know if your kid has regressed. Before u assume, she doesnt have rett syndrome or anything else, ive had her fragilex test done so its definately autism

admin answers:

I think the ages 2-6 are the most difficult when it comes to a child with autism , It is also the most important time to have your child in a early intervention program. I would not recommend giving vitamins or a special diet to a child unless it is under a Dr,’s care . It is really good that your child is starting to talk. My son did not tale in sentences until 5 years old. However he would repeat words he heard. It was not functional speech .I think some of the behaviors you described reminds me of a typical 2 year old. Trying to exert Independence and do things her way. It is a good sign, not bad. Offer a spoon at each meal , she will use it again. It is really good she wants to be “a big girl” by using a regular cup. My son did regress , but he was younger then your daughter. Most of it was speech related I really think your daughter is starting to test you and see how much she can do all by herself, these are all very good signs.
Autism is a developmental disability , a child does not always “catch up” with this disability.

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Question?: Autism Signs 2 Year Old

Steven asks…

when did you notice one of your kids had autism?

what were the signs?

We just found out that my daughter’s cousin from her father’s side has autism. And I know they say that you have to wait until children are 2 years old so that they can get diagnosed, but can you see any signs before then?

admin answers:

We first suspected something when are son was around the age of 2, he had some odd behaviors at an earlier age but it really didn’t “stick out” like it did when he was the around the age of 2. Even after some of these odd behaviors became more profound around 2 and he had delays in langauge and some other areas, we thought he was just “slow”, developing at his own pace and would “catch” up, since each person developes at different paces. We had heard of autism but we had absolutely no knowledge about autism itself from the characteristics to the different forms, etc. We seen a show on tv about the characteristics of autism when he was about 2yrs. 8 mos. Give/take a bit, and wouldn’t you know it was like they were describing our son. So we began to learn as much as we could about autism and after doing tons of research, we knew/flet it in our hearts/guts he had autistic disorder. He began his evaluation for autism 2 days after turning 3 and was diagnosed with autistic disorder 1 month later. What we did realize is that during our research and his evaluation he was actually showing some signs at a much earlier age but we had no idea. Had we had actual knowledge about autism and not just heard of it, I honestly believe we would of noticed some of the signs much sooner rather than thinking he was just slow and would catch up and therefore would of had him evaluated much sooner than we did.
I really think it depends on each individual as to when you begin to notice any signs, there are different forms of autism and each form can show signs at various ages, some beginning as young as 5 months, some not until after 2 yrs but before the age of 10 yrs..If you look at this link about the different forms: http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_whatis_PDD you’ll see that each has it’s own specific criteria for a diagnosis and some of the criteria for a diagnosis depends on what age they were when these signs developed, so it is very possible to be diagnosed before 2yrs, around 2 yrs, or later than 2 yrs, again depending on which form of autism they may have. Then there are what they call “related disorders” in which some of these disorders have similar characteristics and some of these disorders share some of the same characteristics of autism (related disorders: http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_whatis_related ). Some of these disorders can co-exist with the autism itself, eg my son has sensory integration disorder which is not on the “related disorders” list, along with his autistic disorder, if you look into the characteristics of both disorders many of the charcteristics/behaviors are shared by both of these disorders. An accurate diagnosis should be based on observation of the individual’s communication, behavior and developmental levels. This is to a list of the basic characteristics of autism: http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_whatis_char
You have to keep in mind that the characteristics affect each person differently and can be anywhere from mild to severe. You can have 2 people with the exact same characteristics at the same severity level and they’ll act completely different from each other. When you look at the forms, for example autistic disorder aka classic autism is considered the severest form while pdd-nos (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified) aka atypical autism is the mildest form…even if they have the mildest form it still can range from mild to severe.

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Autism in the News – 03.14.12

Autistic girl, 9, fatally shot brother, 7, Arkansas police say (Little Rock, Ark.)
A 9-year-old autistic girl fatally shot her 7-year-old brother at the family’s Arkansas apartment while their parents were signing paperwork at a leasing office, police said Tuesday. Read more.

Breaking Studies Demonstrate Positive Benefits of Autistic Children & Adults Using Computers (Elk Grove, Ill.)
Recent studies by Nottingham University and Carnegie Mellon University have shown the enormous benefits and functionality that those in the autism spectrum experience when using computers. Belmont Technology provides a cost-effective way to employ computer use in homes and institutions that educate those in the autism spectrum. Read more.

Michigan Senate approves autism coverage proposals (LSJ.com)

Michigan took a key step Tuesday toward joining a growing number of states requiring insurance coverage for autism. Read more.

Girl Says Autism Won’t Stop Singing Career (Nashville, Tenn.)
It may be hard to believe at first, but Katie Chance didn’t even speak until she was four years old. Read more.

After 5 months in psych ward, Jeff Paprocki has a place to call home (Woodward, Iowa)
This is what freedom means to Jeff Paprocki: When you’re hungry, you can go to Pizza Hut, pick out what you want from the buffet and sit at a table like anybody else. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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