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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Jenny asks…

3 month old Autism advice?


My 3 month old daughter is unfortunately showing the signs of Autism. Our Pedi is asking us to wait 2 more weeks to see if she starts to make better eye contact and starts to smile but in my gut, sadly, I feel like this will be the diagnosis. We have already called a specialist who wont be able to see us until August.

My question to the group, is there any advice in terms of treatment or exercises I can do with the baby to help her along? I feel helpless and want to do anything I can to help my little girl.

Thank you in advance for your replies
I truly appreciate the posts so far. 2 follow ups 1. We had her eyes checked last week and she passed with flying colors. 2. According to several websites early signs of Autism can be detected in 3 months http://www.parents.com/baby/health/autism/autism-month-by-month-guide/

Thank you all again!

admin answers:

I am by no means totally educated on the fact, but I am fairly certain that autism is not something that is diagnosed in infants. It becomes apparent in toddler hood and a lengthy observation period follows before a true diagnosis of autism. If your baby is unresponsive to stimuli and not smiling, there could be literally hundreds of other reasons. Your baby is only 3 months old, I would not stress out until you know a bit more information. But please try and relax in the knowledge that autism is not apparent in a 3 month old baby.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Mark asks…

Schizophrenia in children?

My 8 year old has just been diagnosed with boderline schizophrenia and we are stationed in Germany right now….has anyone else gone through this or can offer in advice on how to deal with punishment and rewards and tips on what may come? Thank you so much!!

admin answers:

You definitely want to keep things very structured. There are two common characteristics with schizophrenia (other than delusions and hallucinations)- disorganization and cognitive (processing) deficits. So, you need to stick to a regular routine and make sure that whatever punishment-reward system you use is simple and consistent. People with schizophrenia often have a difficult understanding consequences, so I imagine that it is much worse for children.
Talk to a psychologist or even check out some books at the library about setting up a system that is appropriate for your child.

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Question?: What Is Autism Yahoo Answers

James asks…

My friend is online all day on yahoo answers?

Could he have OCD and autism?
He only finished high school (barley) and bites people, poops his pants, shaves his head like a skinhead, smokes weird grass, takes Valium.

Can someone help give advice?

He is developing breast cancer after his divorce.

admin answers:

Perhaps he should become a politician.

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Employment advice on and off the autism spectrum from Marty Nemko

If you are looking for career advice, and you are free this coming Saturday, September 15, you are in luck.

KALW radio star Marty Nemko (“The Bay Area’s Best Career Coach” — SF Bay Guardian)  will answer your questions about employment for people on and off the autism spectrum at AASCEND’S meeting in their new location.

That’s right. You do not have to be on the autism spectrum to attend! Still, the focus of Marty’s talk will be on how the autism community can build its own employment structures.


AASCEND Monthly Meeting with Dr. Marty Nemko

Saturday September 15, 10-noon


Do you have questions? Contact me HERE and I will do my very best to help.



The Marin and North Bay Autism Lecture Series starts Sept. 19. (more about that soon) but CLICK HERE to learn more and register.

The Morgan Autism Center Conference is coming soon, too. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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You Do Not Disappoint/My Conclusions

You, dear denizens of Stimeyland, are always amazing. I never imagined how much your advice on my last post would make me think. You emailed and commented and talked to me about it and it all helped me get a better grasp on my own feelings about whether I should continue to write my column at The Washington Times.

This is not to say that you all agreed, which was actually amazing and wonderful. I had kind of hoped that all of you would make a strong argument in one direction and I would nod my head and then do that. But that isn’t what happened. Every comment was insightful in its own way and each of you had a differently nuanced opinion, both on the stay and the go options.

To make it even worse, I am apparently highly impressionable, because I would read an argument for staying and be like, “Oh, yes, TOTALLY,” and then I would read another comment where the person said I should definitely quit my column and then I would be all, “Oooooh, that is an excellent point. I should absolutely quit.”

This left me in the precarious position of having to make a decision for myself.

Damn youse. Damn youse all.

I have to say though, that after reading all of your opinions, the thing that stuck with me the most is the phrase, “preaching to the choir.” Because that is largely what I do here and what many of us in the autism niche of the blogosphere do. We talk to each other. Now, by no means is that choir all of one opinion, but for the most part I think we have similar goals. (<—controversial statement; please discuss)

I think it is important that we talk to each other and hash things out among ourselves, but one of the main reasons I have always written is to reach people outside of the autism/autistic community. Because while I do champion autism acceptance, I am a person who thinks that autism awareness still matters.

It is one thing to write about autism here and get a lot of supportive comments from people who get it, and it is quite another to write elsewhere and get a lot of nasty comments from people who don’t get it, but maybe just one from someone who didn’t understand but does now.

That is important. That is why I write. I want to help create a world that feels safe for people like Jack and me. Sure, I can work on doing that in this space, but having a newspaper-based platform gives me a microphone to better reach those people in the back of the church, who maybe hadn’t heard us yet.

I still have some thinking to do and I am still waiting to see what, if anything, comes from all of this regarding the original editorial that sent me down this path. But I have a clearer idea of what my voice at the Times does and I have remembered why I have written there for so long.

I have you to thank for that. So thank you. Sincerely. You all inspire me. I am grateful to have you as my choir.

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I know exercise is important. But with all our autism-related therapies, there’s no energy left. Advice appreciated.

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from Michael Rosanoff, M.P.H., Autism Speaks associate director for public health research and scientific review.

As challenging as it may be for anyone to develop and maintain a physically active lifestyle, the challenges can be amplified for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We are constantly reminded how important it is to teach our kids to make healthy life decisions. But sometimes it can feel like an impossible task when they have other special needs and obstacles.

So it may be no surprise to learn that nearly a third of children with ASD are medically obese. The problem appears to increase with age, with obesity affecting over a third of young adults on the spectrum.

Inadequate physical activity is among the primary reasons for these high rates of obesity. But let’s be honest, getting active can be particularly challenging when a child or adult is also struggling with autism-related issues in areas such as self-control, motivation or physical coordination. And the sights, sounds and tactile aspects of team sports can feel overwhelming for someone with sensory integration issues.

But there’s great payoff in finding physical recreation activities that do work for an individual on the autism spectrum.

Did you know that exercise can decrease the frequency of negative, self-stimulating and self-injurious behaviors? This may be because the highly structured routines and repetitive motions involved in, say, running or swimming can distract from negative self-stimulating and repetitive behaviors. Physical activity can also promote self-esteem and improve mood and attention. For those who can participate in team sports, this type of structured activity can foster social interactions.

This isn’t to say that physical activity can or should replace proven behavioral interventions for ASD. Rather it can enhance their benefits.

For more information on recreational programs and activity tips for children and teens on the autism spectrum, see the physical fitness page in the Health & Wellness section of our website. To learn more about the importance of exercise for individuals with ASD, please see our special science report, “Sports, Exercise, and the Benefits of Physical Activity for Individuals with Autism.” And please use the comment section to share your experiences. What works and what doesn’t for you, your child or other loved one?

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