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Question?: Autistic Disorder

Joseph asks…

How can I help my son who was diagnosed with mild autism?

My son is 3 and a half & was recently diagnosed with mild autism. Developmentally is a year behind in his speech & comprehension development. He still has difficulty answering “yes & no” questions & obviously he talks like a child who is just learning to talk. His answers & comments seem as if they are robotic & that he is not really thinking about what he is saying. It is a few months before his next doctors appointment & I know he will start various types of therapy. My question is what can I do in the meantime to help him with his language & communication skills? I have flash cards, & am aware of the “obvious” things you typically do to teach children. But I feel that I need some fresh ideas, because he doesn’t learn like other children due to his autistic disorder.

admin answers:

Hi:-) I have 2 HFA children. 6 and 4 years of age. Until you get therapy which I know can take forever to get…. You have to require language of him. In other words if you know he knows how to ask for something or if he knows the word for something you need not give in for 1/2 language. Require him to tell you if he knows. No matter what kind of fit you might get. Autistic children can be very resistant to change. The flash cards are great! I would sit with my children and when they were learning basic language and we would do flash cards. Try to be flexible in your approach. If he wants to put the correct ones in a box let him. Or if he wants to hold them let him. Make sure he gets a tangible reward for his cooperation. Also make sure some of the cards he knows to avoid frustration. Talk to him all the time about what things are and what they do even if you do not think he is listening. Take him to open places and pick flowers and tell him what they are. Appeal to his curiosity. There is alot you can do. Be creative. I hope this helps. I have been down this road twice. And still traveling.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Mark asks…

What are the signs of a autistic (spelling is probably wrong sorry.) child?

What are some signs that your child might be autistic? Is there any clear signs or is only something a doctor can see?

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I work with children and adults that have autism. Here are some signs that you should look for. If you take your child to a specialist they will look for the same thing. These are based off the guidelines of the DSM

. Does your child enjoy being swung, bounced on your knee, etc.?
____ 2. Does your child take an interest in other children?
____ 3. Does your child like climbing on things, such as up/on chairs?
____ 4. Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo / hide & seek?
____ *5. Pretend Play (PP): Does your child ever pretend, for example, to make a cup of tea using a toy cup and teapot, or pretend other things (pouring juice)?
____ 6. Does your child ever use his or her index finger to point, to ask for something?
____ *7. Protodeclarative Pointing (PDP): Does your child ever use his or her index finger to point, to indicate interest in something?
____ 8. Can your child play properly with small toys (e.g. Cars or blocks) without just mouthing, fiddling, or dropping them?
____ 9. Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent), to show you something?

When you take your child to get checked out, at the appointment they will look specifically for these things:

Eye Contact: During the appointment, has the child made eye contact with you?
____ *ii. Gaze monitoring (GM): Get the child’s attention, then point across the room at an interesting object and say, “Oh Look! There’s a (name of a toy)!” Watch the child’s face. Does the child look across to see what you are pointing at? (To record a YES, make sure the child does not just look at your hand, but at the object you are pointing at).
____ *iii. Pretend Play (PP): Get the child’s attention, then give the child a miniature toy cup and teapot and say, “Can you make a cup of tea?” Does the child pretend to pour out tea and drink it? (If you can elicit an example of pretending in some other game, score a YES on this item).
____ *iv. Protodeclarative Pointing (PDP): Say to the child, “Where’s the light?” or “Show me the light.” Does the child point with their index finger at the light? (Repeat this with, “Where’s the bear?” or some other unreachable object if the child does not understand the word light. To record a YES on this item, the child must have looked up at your face around the time of pointing).
____ v. Block Tower: Can the child build a tower of blocks? (If so how many?)

Everyone with autism is different so your child may not display the “typical symtons of autism”. This is why is it important to not only observe your child in its environment, but also set up situations and take note on how ur child responds or doesnt respond to the problem.
I really hope this helps. Autism can be a great thing as long as you know what tools work best for your child.

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Question?: Adhd In Adults

Donna asks…

What is the Best Medication for Adult ADHD?

I am making an appointment with a psychiatrist to see if I have Adult ADHD (which I am 99% sure I do) What is the best medication for it?

admin answers:

The best medication is whatever your doctor decides is best for you after your receive the official diagnosis of ADHD. Good Luck with your appointment.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Laura asks…

Why do I flap my hands all the time?

I am a 23-year-old male and have had a habit of flapping/wringing my hands when excited, or thinking about something that just ‘makes sense’ so to speak. I do it many times throughout the day.

I was assessed as having ADD when I was 14, but any suggestion of Autism or Aspergers was flatly rejected by the team of professionals. I have observed this trait in Autistic kids and teenagers before with a mix of humour and concern.

Can anyone shed some light for me? Thanks.

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It could just be that you like flapping your hands. Not every case of hand flapping alone is autism. ADD has a lot of symptoms shared with autism. If you are really worried about this I would say seek a second opinion from a different group of qualified professionals whose expertize is autism spectrum disorders. Go to the appointment armed with all the behavioral and supportive information you can remember from your youth.

If you are hand flapping but have no other socialization issues, co-ordination problems and other challenges associated with autism be glad. You might have a very slight case of autism but, if hand flipping is the only thing that adversely affects your life then feel lucky dude. I got the full deluxe version of autism. I am 49 years old with few friends. I did not manage my antisocial issues well enough to work among people in a paying job till age 41. I live in the community but ever day is a total struggle. I do not do many things as so called normal people do. I hate being touched, I hate eye contact, I collect odd things and have odd interests. Now trust me I love my life even with all its flaws so I am NOT asking for noe do I need anyones pity. I am just sharing a bit of what the full autism experience looks like day to day.

So even if you have autism feel happy that you did not get the deluxe version I got. Even if you have autism so what. You just focus on being the best person you can be, that should be your lifes mission. If you have autism then you will be a successful autistic. If you do not have autism then you will be a very unique normal person. If you have autism symptoms in addition to the hand flapping you felt were overlooked thats another story. However in closing if hand flapping is the only issue that stands out in your life it really should not concern you. Mark the hand flapping down as one of your fascinating quirks and live life.

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Question?: Adhd Test

Mandy asks…

How do doctors test for ADD in adults?

Some of my college professors say I might have it, but I’m not too familiar with it..I want to get tested for it..should I call my doctor and make an appointment and say “hey I want an adhd test“? how does it work and what does the doctor due to diagnose me with it?.

will i be prescribed meds for it?

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You go to a psychologist and request testing. Simple.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Stories

Susan asks…

stories about schizophrenia?yourself or relatives?

Any stories on how it first started developing in relatives or yourself?So my dad suffers from schizophrenia and so does my aunt and they hear voices and are very isolated,I’m very scared I may develop it as well.I have a therapist appointment in a few weeks but I would love to hear your personal stories to make note of early warning symptoms.I went from being a really hard worker to after having a panic attack from snorting adderall once to being apathetic,anxious,having sleep disturbances and being able to hyper focus on stuff(weird symptom)like certain books on mental health.I have been doing better this last week after reading a couple of self help books and applying techniques I’ve been sleeping a bit better too and have a job interview tmr.it may jus be anxiety but I want to hear stories on how it first developed in people too,like where they jus in denial at first.like for instance where they hearing voices at first and thought it was jus them and then they became more persistent . I don’t need jus the symptoms posted because those are already online and I’m aware of them but I wanna hear personal stories from real people like was it sudden?gradual?and how did it happen?life changes,drugs etc Also very important what kind of personality traits did they posess?artsy creative as opposed to logical and grounded I always considered myself to be the latter,I wonder if that will be a contributing factor too.not to say all artsy ppl are schizophrenic or anything jus saying they tend to dwell alot more in fantasy and seem to be more imaginative than practical jus wondering if thats relevant.
And no I am not doing any drugs or drinking,haven’t touched either for 8 months.I’m living a healthy lifestyle with excersise and alot of omegas also

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I work in a hospital and I recently worked with a schizophrenic patient. She was not logical or creative either. She was pretty much dependent on her room mate (who abused her) and from the stories she told her’s seemed to have derived from being abused and drugs. She had a rough life and her voices told her to blow her heart up on crack. And she had nearly went crazy when it first started because it was so sudden and she checked herself into a facility until they got her on some meds that were effective. But as I said hers was definitely triggered by sudden life changes bc of the horrific things that had been done to her. As for personality traits she was very cocky, yet quiet, very figgity, very very talkative, sneaky, but she was the sweetest person ive ever met. Hope this helped. If you want more info email me at coreyevans256@yahoo.com

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Question?: What Is Autism Caused By

Betty asks…

Should I space out my sons vaccines when its time to get them?

All the talk of autism caused by vaccines, im thinking that when my son needs to have all his vaccines, that instead of doing like 4 a day, to have them spaced out in weeks.

should i? how long should i space them out?
i also do not want my son to be traumatized. i remember me and my younger brother getting our shots and the screaming that went out. it was horrible :/

admin answers:

This is not an easy answer, but to protect your baby, the best thing to do is make an informed decision. Though Autism fears often push parents into research, you will find that this is not the only concern. Take one vaccine at a time. Start with those that would be given at the next appointment. Keep a notebook and research the disease first. Identify the threat. What are the, symptoms, complications, and how common is it within the population? Then look at the vax, itself, for effectiveness and check out the ingredients (the previous poster gave a link for that, which is boggling). You can use wikipedia to identify chemicals you are not familiar with. Here is a little to get you started…

Babies are not in the risk category for Hep B (not sexually promiscuous and not IV drug users), plus vaccines only offer temporary protection, usually 7-10 years.

There has not been a case of Polio in the US for over 30 years, except those that were actually caused by the live vaccine.

DTaP. Diptheria is extremely rare. Tetanus can be treated after injury if infection is suspected. Pertussis (whooping cough) is dangerous for babies. This one is worth a little more consideration. We passed on this one, but were very careful within that first year.

Your instinct is right, though. Adverse reactions are much more likely to occur with multiples, so those you do allow should be spaced out. You could even look into splitting those dreaded 3-in-1 shots. Take your time and wait until you are comfortable with each decision. You can delay the appointments if necessary. God bless.

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Question?: Adhd Diet

Robert asks…

Where do I start in having my daughter tested for ADHD?

I’ve suspected my daughter has had ADHD since she was 3. She can’t seem to sit still and is always on the go. When other kids sit calmly, she just doesn’t seem to be able to. She is 5 now and in school. I’d like to have her tested for ADHD. How do I go about this? Do I take her to her regular doctor to get this started?

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Well I just went through this. My seven year old was recently diagnosed.

My daughter was not a disciplinary problem, she was not singled out, but she blurted things out, was figedity, talked excessively, and just could not concentrated. Her grades were good. Anyhow becuase she was such an agreeable child, they overlooked her issues. I however was noticing them at home so I took the bull by the horns. I talked to the teacher first and asked her opinion. I tried diet modification but in her case, it DID NOT WORK because I was extremely reluctant to put her on medicine. I tried that for about 2 months. When I realized it was not working and I felt at my wits end, I made an appt with my pediatrician. My pediatrician sent me home with two questionaires, one for me and one for the school teacher. I came back with those to her and she told me based on those answers, she was referring me to a child psychologist. Now I have a private PPO insurance company so I didn’t have the wait. If you WAIT for the school to do it, it often takes 4 months I am told to get into a psychologist. Anyhow I went in to the pyschologist and told her my concerns. She gave me more forms for the teacher and I to do. Her’s were more in depth. Anyhow I brought those back to her before my daughter’s second appointment. The second and third appts were testing themselves. The testing sessions were about an hour each. They test for learning disabilities, how her work level is stacking up to her IQ and so on. Anyhow then I came back on my own with my hubby to hear the results. Once I had the results, i went back to the pediatrician her prescribed her something. Then we tried a couple before we got it right.

Anyhow life is MUCH better now. My daughter is doing well. She is still her self, brattiness at times and all. She is able to focus, raises her hand, remembers things better, and can concentrate. Anyhow hopefully telling you my story…..explained where to go from here. GOOD LUCK.

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Autism: Children in Their Own World, Parents in the Dark

About two years ago, our oldest child was diagnosed with Autism. Without knowing it for sure but suspecting it, my husband tried for about a year to prepare me to the possibility of our son being Autistic. He read and did a lot of research on Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a teacher, I refused the diagnosis as I was afraid of labeling him. As I was a late bloomer myself, I thought that he just needed a bit more time to learn how to walk and talk but as the time went by, I started to have concerns of my own.

During the summer of 2003, I have noticed some negative comments about my son’s behavior by people in the park or at the pool. One mother even approached me about the possibility of Autism. At first, I refused this possibility but since then, the idea of Autism started to eat me alive. After all, I knew so little about Autism but just the thought of it sounded just like a prison sentence.

Was it possible that my son’s lack of speech was not related to timidity but to Autism? What kind of future would my baby have? What did I do to cause him to possibly be affected by this disorder? Did I do something wrong during my pregnancy? As time went by, questions drowned my mind to the point where I could not take it anymore.

For my son’s sake, I needed the help of medical specialists to discover why my son never said the word: “Mommy” to me yet. Either way, I needed to know what was going on and how to help him and make him happy, no matter what the diagnosis would be. I owed that much to my child.

As he had his annual check up with our family physician, I shared my husband’s concerns and mine with her. A few weeks later, we received a long and detailed questionnaire about our son’s behavior, weaknesses, habits, etc. Then a month or so later, the appointment was given to us. From then on, both my husband Kevin and I went on an eternal roller coaster ride until that day, not knowing what to expect, how to deal with it and more importantly, how would it affect our son’s life?

On December 17, 2003 I went to the appointment with my son as Kevin was caring for our young daughter at home. Both my mind and my emotions were a mess. What would this specialist on Autism tell me? How would she test him? When would I find out the results of her tests and observations? Little did I know that on this day, both my son’s and family life would change forever. Following a series of tests and observations, done through play while being observed by other medical staff and advisors, the doctor shared the results: “Mrs. Leochko, your son has Autism.”

My first reaction was to break down in tears. What had I done to cause my son to be affected by this disorder? The only things that I knew about Autism were that children live in their own world, losing touch with reality and also, like most people, I had seen the movie. Was my son a little “Rain Man”?

Realizing that I needed to know more about this disorder, my next question was: “What is Autism?” This question was then followed by: “What can we do to help my son?” and “What are the services that can be put in place for him and how do we proceed?” Like any parents newly hit by this diagnosis, several questions followed as well as a shower of answers which were not all assimilated as well as desired since my mind was racing at high speed.

The next step was to inform my husband. He was not surprised and was a lot calmer than me. He comforted me and asked me to look at our son while he was playing, enjoying himself and laughing out loud. He made me realize that we could help our son and that our main goal was to ensure his happiness. On December 22, 2003 two ladies came to meet us to start things rolling to get the services in place as soon as possible for Dasan. As they explained to us, early intervention is crucial as it gives our son better chances in life.

As time went by, services were slowly but surely put in place. Little did we know that our one year old daughter would be also referred and a year later, also diagnosed with Autism. Kaylee is situated higher on the spectrum because of her milder level of Autism while our son Dasan ranges from moderate to severe. It made us realize the difference on the spectrum. In a way, Dasan’s diagnosis, help us identify our daughter’s Autism at an earlier age: two years old. This way, the services have been put in place even earlier which gives her better chances of progression and a higher quality of life.

Since our son’s diagnosis, I must say that both my husband and I have learned a lot about the Autism Spectrum Disorder also known as ASD. As parents of Autistic children, we did not only learn but also have decided to share this precious information with other parents, relatives, teachers or other people involved with individuals affected by the Autistic disorder. How did we do that? By researching information, ideas and also by using our own experience, ups, downs and tips on blogs and websites.

We are no experts and we certainly have no medical degree but as parents which have been living with Autism twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, we thought that at the beginning of this “adventure” all we knew and felt was: “Children in their own world, parents in the dark…” and now we see the light as there is one for everyone.

Autism is a disorder and affects our dealings with individuals with a different perception of life but let me tell you that it does not change the fact that our children are special in more than one way and that we do not only love them as they are but also, we would not change them for the world. The best gifts that we can give them are: love, patience, understanding, support and all the resources and services that can make a difference in their life.

My name is Sylvie Leochko. I am the mother of two children affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you wish to learn some facts and other information, I invite you to visit our websites: http://autism-spectrum-disorder.com or http://autism.findoutnow.org

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Autism – The Effects On Siblings Of Autistic Children

Oftentimes it is true that the child that makes the most noise, gets the most attention.
This is true in a lot of families and moreso in families with children with Autism.
Autistic children also require a lot more time and attention.
In a family with more than one autistic child, it is doubly so. 

This could lead to a greater risk of sibling rivalry. Not for the challenges usually associated with these words but for attention.
With the care that Autistic children need, it would be easy for the unaffected child in the family to get a little lost in the shuffle.

Over time, this could lead to the unaffected child feeling resentful of their Autistic siblings and to begin a little attention getting of their own or behaviors.

In time, the stress involved with this internal family conflict could lead to a rift that may take a lifetime to heal. There are several methods to deal with this potential problem before it gets out of hand.

Each Autistic child is different and each regular child is different and therefore the way that you would handle each child is going to depend on their age and personality.

Time needs to be set aside for the sibling of an Autistic child.

Their “alone” time with their parents.

You may need to hire a caregiver or find a friend or family member to watch over the Autistic child during this time.

The unaffected sibling needs assurance that although their brother or sister gets most of the attention, that they are going to get a share.

It important that you keep your appointment with the child.

The outing doesn’t have to be anything spectacular, just something that the two of you can share. It can be done with one parent at a time or with both.

It is by doing this that you are demonstrating that no matter how busy or hectic things are at home, that he or she is just as important to you.

Another simple way of reassuring the child is to tell them that you love them. Three little words that mean a lot, but that children need to hear.

A special touch or hug that the two of you can share to let them know that you do think about them.

The occasional note under their pillow or in their lunchbox to assure them that even when they are not with you, they are in your thoughts.

These things take but a moment of your time but could mean the world to a child who already feels that they have so little of your time.

Another thing that you can do if your children are of school age is to ensure that the work that they bring home from school is not destroyed by their Autistic sibling.

Unfortunately, due to the behaviours that some children with Autism have, some artwork especially is attractive to them and it may get ruined.

Make sure that you do have a special place that it can be put where it is out of harms reach.

The other thing that you can do is obviously talk to them about Autism in an age appropriate manner. Explain as best you can why their brother or sister does the things that they do.
Encourage them to be open about their feelings.

It is okay to dislike something that the Autistic child does, but that doesn’t mean that they have to dislike the Autistic child.

Encourage participation in the fun things that the family can do as a unit. If the child with Autism is unable to handle outings, have a picnic complete with cloth and picnic basket on the lawn in the backyard.

Be creative.

By showing the sibling of a child with Autism that the family is important and by having them understand that their status in the family unit is by no means undermined by the fact that you need to spend more time with their siblings, the stronger and more secure the child will become.
And the less resentful.

This is extremely important. The sibling of a child with Autism will quite possibly become the decision maker for that Autistic child at some stage in the future.

Donna Mason has been a Registered Nurse for the past 16 years. She is the mother of 6 children, 3 of whom have varying degrees of Autism. For more information on Autism signs and symptoms, and to learn more about this mother’s battle in the fight against this misunderstood condition, visit us on the web at: http://www.autisticadventures.blogspot.com

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