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Question?: Pdd Nos Symptoms

William asks…

What are the symptoms of autism in children under two?

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Appears indifferent to surroundings
Appears content to be alone, happier to play alone
Displays lack of interest in toys
Displays lack of response to others
Does not point out objects of interest to others (called protodeclarative pointing)
Marked reduction or increase in activity level
Resists cuddling

Young children with autism usually have impaired language development. They often have difficulty expressing needs (i.e., use gestures instead of words) and may laugh, cry, or show distress for unknown reasons. Some autistic patients develop rudimentary language skills that do not serve as an effective form of communication. They may develop abnormal patterns of speech that lack intonation and expression and may repeat words or phrases repetitively (called echolalia). Some children with autism learn to read.

Autistic children do not express interest in other people and often prefer to be alone. They may resist changes in their routine, repeat actions (e.g., turn in circles, flap their arms) over and over, and engage in self-injurious behavior (e.g., bite or scratch themselves, bang their head).

Other symptoms in young children include:
Avoids cuddling or touching
Frequent behavioral outbursts, tantrums
Inappropriate attachments to objects
Maintains little or no eye contact
Over- or undersensitivity to pain, no fear of danger
Sustained abnormal play
Uneven motor skills
Unresponsiveness to normal teaching methods and verbal clues (may appear to be deaf despite normal hearing)

Research has shown that autism occurs more often in first born children and males. My daughter (first born) was an incredibly easy, cuddly baby, but definitely displayed language/communication delays. Her diagnosis is Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).

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Question?: Autism Signs And Symptoms

David asks…

Do children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

I am researching autism in children under 3 right now. My friend and I have been discussing my son. We believe, my son is showing signs of autism. My friend said he has autistic children in his family and those children have big heads. Like rounder in the back of the head.

Does anyone know if this is typical in autism?

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It’s typical of autism.


In fact, all children who suffer severe stress in early infancy–premature birth, caesarean birth, surgery or severe illness shortly after birth, etc– experience rapid neuronal overgrowth.

The big exception is a supposed form of autism called “Rett Syndrome” where one of the symptoms is microcephaly.

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Question?: What Is Autism Caused By

Laura asks…

Do you think that autism is caused by sugary breakfast cereals? It is less pollution and more Lucky Charms?

Do you think that perhaps this increase in autism is due to the sugary cereals that kids eat? Don’t get me wrong, I love the occasional frosted flakes but perhaps this is what is causing all this autism?

Do sugary breakfast cereals cause autism in children?

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I think it may cause ADD but not Autism. Too much sugar in anything can cause a hyperactive child.

Some Autism can be caused by certain vaccines though.

Apparently some people can’t comprehend simple words like “some” and “certain”. Not ALL Autism is caused by ALL vaccines but SOME Austism is caused by SOME vaccines.

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Question?: Autistic Kids

David asks…

can a neurosurgeon work with autistic kids?

my dream is to be a neurosurgeon but i also want to work with autistic kids..is this possible?

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Neurosurgeons simply preform surgery on the brain which is decided by a different specialist if it’s necessary or not. So you would not work with autistic children at all. If you really want to help autistic children, you should look into things like becoming a hyperbaric chamber technician. Hyperbarics can actually cure autism in children if they are treated before age 6.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Sandra asks…

How come I never see adults with autism?

Why do we only hear about autism in children? Don’t these children grow up and continue to be affected by autism? I saw a graph that showed the huge rise in autism in the past 15 years? Could it be we are misdiagnosing children as autistic when really they just misbehave or are a little off?

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Yes, children with autism grow up and become adults with autism. A lot of people think they grow out of autism as they get older, but they don‘t. Autism affects the person throughout their life.

There are many explanations for why you don‘t see (or notice) adults with autism, such as:

– When people hear the word „autism“, most think of it in its most severe, stereotypical form, the form most often shown in the media. What a lot of people don‘t know is that autism varies a lot between individuals and can vary a lot in severity and symptoms, so far from all autistic people show the stereotypical traits that most people associate with autism.

– Autism is not easily visible on the outside. If you just saw an autistic person or met them briefly, you might not realize that they are autistic. You might not notice them much at all or you might make different assumptions about them than them having autism. People make all kinds of wrong assumptions about us. If the person doesn‘t talk or socialize much they are thought to be shy. If they don‘t make eye-contact they are thought to lack self-esteem or be dishonest. If they do something unusual they are seen as eccentric or weird. If they say something inappropriate (which happens often, unintentionally, due to lack of social skills) they are considered rude. There are countless assumptions that people often make about us, because many of our traits and symptoms resemble something else that usually comes to mind faster than autism.

– The media practically never covers adults with autism. All the focus is put on children. A heartwarming or shocking story about a disabled child and their struggling, devastated family gets more viewers and attention than a story about an adult with autism struggling to get a chance in an unaccepting society.

– Practically all research and articles about autism are focused on children with autism. You rarely see anything about adults with autism. Most treatment and support is focused on children with autism too. The needs of autistic adults are often forgotten or ignored. It‘s assumed that people are always diagnosed with autism in childhood and that by the time they grow up and become adults they‘ve already received all the support they need, or that it‘s less important to support them since they are adults now and not cute, helpless kids. Therefore you might hear about various support programs for children with autism and might know people who work or volunteer with them, but nothing for adults.

– When autism is diagnosed in childhood, it‘s usually something new and shocking for the family and everyone they know, so they talk about it a lot and need a lot of support and may have to fight to get suitable treatment, accommodations, education and such for their autistic children. By the time their children reach adulthood autism has become such a normal part of the family that it‘s not discussed much, people just live with it.

– Adults with autism are often socially isolated, either by choice (due to bad experiences dealing with people or being bullied or because they simply prefer solitude) or by lack of social skills and lack of acceptance and support from other people. Therefore you are less likely to meet them or interact with them than with other people.

I don’t think that the rise in autism is because of children being misdiagnosed for misbehaving. I think autism was underdiagnosed before, due to lack of knowledge and resources. I think the rise can be explained by better and more widespread knowledge and awareness. I think that with more knowledge and easier access to it, more people are recognizing autism and having their children evaluated and diagnosed early, while before a lot of people went throughout childhood and even their whole life undiagnosed. I wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood for example.

It takes more than being a little off or misbehaving a bit to get diagnosed with autism.

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Father’s Age Linked To Risk Of Autism In Children

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Older fathers are more likely to pass on new mutations to their offspring than older mothers, researchers from Iceland reported in the journal Nature today. They added that this could partly explain why a higher percentage of children today are born with an autism spectrum disorder, went on to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, or other potentially hereditary syndromes, illnesses or conditions.

Previous studies have pointed to several common factors which raise the risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism.

At the time of conception – when the sperm fertilizes the egg – the single largest contributor to passing on genetic defects comes from the father’s older age, and not the mother. The scientists explained that their study examined the world’s largest whole genome sequencing project which linked diseases with uncommon defects in the genome. The genome refers to all the genetic data a living being has. Each creature has a different genetic makeup or genome. A bacterium’s genome is different from an ants’, the human genome is slightly different from a chimpanzee’s.

Genome sequencing is putting the four letters we used (A, C, D and T) into the right order of DNA nucleotides or bases in a genome. The human genome consists of approximately 3.4 billion sequences of these genetic letters.

Lead author Kari Stefansson, M.D., Dr. Med., CEO of deCODE Genetics, said:
“Strikingly, this study found that a father’s age at the time a child is conceived explains nearly all of the population diversity in new hereditary mutations found in the offspring. With the results here, it is now clear that demographic transitions that affect the age at which males reproduce can have a considerable impact on the rate of certain diseases linked to new mutation.”

Decode Genetics, a company based in Reykjavik, Iceland, is a world leader in analyzing and understanding the human genome.

The team gathered data on 78 families with children which had had a diagnosis of schizophrenia or autism. All the families lived in Iceland. The average age of the fathers in this group was 29.7 years. They sequenced their genomes, as well as the genomes of another 1,859 Icelandic citizens (a larger comparative population).

Below are some of their highlighted findings: For every extra year in the father’s age, there was a two-mutation per year rise in offspring
They also identified the genetic characteristics associated with autism and schizophrenia in the genomes of families with diagnoses of schizophrenia or autism
In an autism patient subgroup, they identified two defective genes – EPHB2 and CUL3Dr. Stefansson said:

“Our results all point to the possibility that as a man ages, the number of hereditary mutations in his sperm increases, and the chance that a child would carry a deleterious mutation that could lead to diseases such as autism and schizophrenia increases proportionally.

It is of interest here that conventional wisdom has been to blame developmental disorders of children on the age of mothers, whereas the only problems that come with advancing age of mothers is a risk of Down syndrome and other rare chromosomal abnormalities. It is the age of fathers that appears to be the real culprit.”

The average Icelandic father today at the time of conception is about 33 years old; much older than in the past. The authors explained that epidemiological studies carried out in Iceland have demonstrated that schizophrenia or autism risk in offspring is considerable greater the older the father is.

Previous studies have linked genetic mutations with autism spectrum disorders. Experts say that several genes are involved. A team of researchers in Seattle earlier this year identified three gene mutations – AKT3, PIK3R2 and PIK3CA – which were linked to enlarged brain size, autism, epilepsy, and cancer.

Increase in autism diagnosis
Chart showing growth of autism diagnoses in the USA from 1993 to 2003

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posted by Tom H on 25 Aug 2012 at 3:34 pm

The metal iron is known to buildup in our bodies as we age. Age-related iron accumulation.
“Iron accumulation in tissues is believed to be a characteristic of aged humans”
Women are less effected because women have menses which allow them to lose much of this iron , until they reach menopause , at which point they begin to load iron JUST like men because they no longer lose the iron in their monthly blood loss .
“Women have lower iron levels than men, both in the periphery and in the brain, particularly in white matter (WM), possibly due to iron loss through menstruation”
Men though have no way to lose this iron. This ‘age-related iron accumulation’ causes rust / oxidation which causes mutation.
“Oxidative DNA damage”

“Sperm DNA damage can be efficiently treated with oral antioxidants administered during a relatively short time period”

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posted by Dr. Goldman on 24 Aug 2012 at 1:03 pm

I suggest we leave books that are thousands of years old out of modern genetic study discussions.

My message to the person who wrote: “Abraham had Isaac when he was around 90”
Shall we now argue that humans have only been around for 7,000 years as well?

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posted by SciBard on 24 Aug 2012 at 12:51 pm

I see the chart with the rise in autism. This seems pretty simple. If you have a condition that can be a factor in an issue, then you would see if the rise in the condition corresponds to the rise in the issue.

IF older father are a cause, where are the number showing that in this year there were xx number of older fathers but in 2012 that number rose in a rate similar to autism. Where is the chart that corresponds to the findings? How about a paragraph with the facts that correspond.

The article says: “The team gathered data on 78 families with children which had had a diagnosis of schizophrenia or autism”, OK, how many had older fathers.

YES older father have higher mutation rates.. now show me how someone connected the dots.. or are there no facts to connect the two?

The headline should be “Mutation linked to older fathers” That would be factual.

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posted by Autistic on 24 Aug 2012 at 12:48 pm

Correlation equals causation? I mean come on people, the constant crying about how all us autistics are a disease to be wiped out to the last man, woman and child is offensive as it already is.

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posted by Etidorhpa on 24 Aug 2012 at 12:31 pm

Abraham had Isaac when he was around 90, so if schizophrenia and autism is hereditary after a certain age, why are the Jewish people so prosperous?

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posted by Joe Cash on 24 Aug 2012 at 12:27 pm

It may be true that older fathers pass more mutations to their offspring, but is this just a consequence of aging?

My conclusion is that the influence of toxic substances absorbed over time contribute to mutations. Therefore, the longer you live, the more crap you are exposed to and ingest and the more mutations you will have.

Ultimately, the people who introduce this stuff into our environment are responsible for the rise in autism.

Fathers are as much victims as their children

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Aspie Like Me: A Diagnosis Story

This post is an important one to me, folks. Naturally that means I’m going to do something most people do when they are discussing matters of deep personal introspection. I am going to quote an Adam Sandler movie.

In the movie Punch Drunk Love, Sandler’s character is talking about how he doesn’t know if he needs to see a psychiatrist.

“I don’t know if there is anything wrong,” he says, “because I don’t know how other people are.”

I saw that movie back in 2002 and I barely remember the plot, but I remember that line. It touched something in me that I’d felt for a long time. Something was different about me, but I didn’t know if it was real or just me imagining that I felt different than everyone else. How could I know?

For the most part though, what did it matter? I was living my life, I was doing my thing.

Then I had Jack and he was different too. And I started to learn about autism. When I would read books about autism, I would see myself in them. I make notes in margins of books when there is something I want to remember and in these books about autism I would sometimes write “Jack” with an arrow pointing to a passage and I would sometimes write “me” instead.

I would read things written by adult autistic individuals and I would recognize myself.

I would think back to my childhood and my teen years and my young adulthood and I would remember the choices I had made very consciously to adopt ways of being to be like everyone else and I would also remember some of the completely clueless things I had done. I would read about autism in children and young people and recognize thoughts and actions from my own childhood.

I would read about autism in girls and women and nod as I learned how it is different for them.

I read so many times that parents of children with autism were diagnosed after their children. I wondered if I should be one of them. I wondered if it was the power of suggestion or if I really was different. I didn’t know, because I didn’t know how other people were.

Several years ago, I recognized my sensory processing disorder and very confidently self-diagnosed myself. In this case, I knew how not like everyone else I was. My auditory issues are the most intense, but I have very significant tactile issues and, to a lesser degree, some other sense issues. Learning that my aversions were based on my neurological makeup and not just a result of me being kind of uptight meant a lot to me.

That SPD self-diagnosis was a huge relief. I had spent years thinking something was wrong with me because I could hear—and was intensely bothered by—sounds that no one else noticed. I made a lot of people feel bad because I didn’t want to be touched or, in certain cases, hugged before I could tell them that there was a real reason. I could go on (trust me, I could go on), but I think you get the point.

I have said, “I could well be on the spectrum myself,” more times that I can count. I would toss off that phrase casually, and for a long time that’s how it felt. I was fine. I was living my life. I needed to help my kid.

So I did. And I did. And I still do.

But after a while, “I could well be on the spectrum myself,” became, “I think I’m on the spectrum,” and that casual feeling became less casual and started to feel more like self-knowledge that could help me come to terms with my head space.

I have never been a person who would be comfortable self-diagnosing myself as someone on the spectrum. I respect those who do, but in addition to all the time I spent wondering if I were on the spectrum, I also spent a fair amount of time questioning if I could be. After all, I had adapted so well to the world. People who know me would probably never suggest that I’m on the spectrum. What if I were wrong? I needed something definitive.

Something definitive, however, required saying, “I think I’m on the spectrum,” to someone other than myself. I turned to Sharon daVanport of the Autism Women’s Network and sent a neurotically long email to her. I will probably save her response forever because it was so very kind and supportive. Her words confirmed what I felt and also gave me a tacit permission to pursue a diagnosis. I will be forever grateful for the time she spent writing back to me.

My next steps meant that I actually had to talk in person to three-dimensional people in my world. After years of casually talking about it, it took me a really long time to be able to get the words out to Alex. I sat on a couch on the opposite side of the living room from him and watched him read on his computer for a long time as I tried to get my mouth to say the words: “Do you think I could really be on the spectrum?”

I didn’t tell anyone else. It wasn’t something I could say to anyone. I don’t know why. I just couldn’t. Although to be honest, there are a lot of things that I just don’t say to anyone. It’s what I do.

I don’t know that Alex understood my need for a diagnosis, but he was extremely gracious in accepting that I wanted to spend a fair amount of money to get one. From there, it was a matter of finding someone with the skills and availability to assess me.

I wanted to make sure that I got the right person because I really wanted an answer. I wanted to know if I was on the spectrum, but I also wanted to know if I wasn’t. I needed to know if I wasn’t, then what was I? Was I like everyone else? Or was there something else going on in my brain?

I was able to find someone after a few weeks and we spent several hours together over two sessions doing the testing. When we met to go over the results, I felt that I already knew most of what she had to say.

I ended up with an Asperger’s diagnosis.

I also ended up with diagnoses of dysthymia and anxiety, which will probably surprise no one. Those actually knocked me for way more of a loop than the Asperger’s could have. Especially in terms of some things in the report, which I recognize as completely true, but were a little difficult to hear.

For example, I like to look welcoming, but I really have my guard up at all times. Evidently the picture I drew of a house helped her come to this conclusion. I think it might have had something to do with the fact that I drew curtains and a cat in the window, but then I drew what looked like bars over it.

(They were supposed to be window panes, not indicators of my demeanor as a porcupine, which is something Alex has called me for a long time.)

I know that a lot of people I know will be surprised by my Asperger’s diagnosis. Even when I tell people about something so common as my social anxiety, people are surprised and say they would never know. I understand this. I have adapted extremely well. I am very good at watching people. I have had nearly 39 years of practice.

I know how to act. And when I don’t know how to act, I know how to not act so that people don’t know that I don’t know how to act. It’s a fair amount of work and one of the reasons it is hard for me to be one-on-one with people I don’t know well. It is much easier for me to hide in a small group.

I know how I present myself on the outside, but I also know that my inner world is very different. I recently came across this blog post about “hidden Aspies” and saw myself in it. I showed it to Alex and he saw me in it too. Sometimes the inside doesn’t match the outside.

I am very grateful to have this new piece of information about myself. I don’t consider my diagnosis to be an answer to all my life’s problems, nor do I consider it to be a deficit. What I see it as is a new lens to see my behavior through.

I learned that SPD was responsible for me being able to hear that guy playing his stereo six houses down that no one else could hear, and that if I didn’t want to have to leave my house completely, I would have to find a way to block it out. That knowledge helped me understand that it was because my brain was wired a certain way and not because I was a mean lady who didn’t like anyone else to have fun.

I hope that my Asperger’s diagnosis will do the same. I hope that it will let me continue to try to be the person I want to be while being able to adjust my expectations of what I can do. Understanding that my neurology is responsible for some of my difficulties might help me go easy on myself for having them. They are not character defects, they are a result of the way I am wired.

I am not a different person than I was just because I have a diagnosis. But maybe my perception of myself will be. It will be interesting to continue down this new path in my personal journey. As always, I hope you come along.

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EEG Test To Identify Autism In Children

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The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has recently increased to one in 100. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine demonstrates that EEG can distinguish between children with autism and neurotypical controls. Autistic children showed a reduction in short range connectivity indicating poor function of local brain networks, especially in the left hemisphere regions responsible for language. However these children had increased connectivity between regions that were further apart indicating a compensatory mechanism.

Autism is characterized by impaired communication, including language and social skills, and often includes rigidity of interests, or repetitive, ritualistic behavior. While MRI studies have reported differing results, EEG measurements of brain activity have been more consistent.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School compared EEG measurements of almost 1000 children with and without autism. Data was collected using 24 electrodes on the scalps of awake and alert subjects and results adjusted for events known to confound EEG results such as blinking, head movement or drowsiness.

Dr Frank Duffy and Dr Heidelise Als who performed this research at the Boston Children’s Hospital explained, “EEG coherence is used to assess functional connectivity within the brain. Across all the age groups we tested, a set of 40 coherence measurements reliably and consistently distinguished between children with ASD and their controls.”

The EEG results showed widespread differences in brain connectivity. Specifically short distance coherence (between adjacent electrodes) was reduced in the children with ASD, especially in the left frontal regions associated with language. Conversely long distance coherence was increased, suggesting a compensatory mechanism.

In addition to behavioral assessments, the use of EEG-based testing may help reliably diagnose autism in children, and may assist early detection in infants, allowing for more effective therapies and coping strategies.

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Autism in Children – The Importance of the iPad to Improve Communication

Why is the iPad so important for working with autism in children? Steve Jobs probably never had this in mind while he was developing it, but the truth is this little gadget has revolutionized the world for nonverbal kids with autism.

Communication devices that before were cumbersome to use and cost several thousand dollars a pop have now been reduced to a unit as small as the iPad, and apps that cost between a dollar and in some cases a couple hundred dollars, depending on the complexity and program. That’s a huge advantage over the previous technology.

The iPad Gives Nonverbal Kids a Voice

There are people with autism, both kids and adults, who would not be able to speak a word or communicate with anyone at all if not for something called AAC – augmentative and alternative communication. Simply put, AAC means any device that gives a person who could otherwise not speak a voice. This can range between low tech devices that allow you to point at a picture, to facilitated communication which mostly includes supported typing on a keyboard with voice output, to things like the iPad.

These devices allow people with autism to communicate with the world around them, thus relieving a huge amount of frustration that would come otherwise from having to be silent.

Why the iPad?

So what makes the iPad so much better for autism in children, particularly nonverbal autistic kids? There are several reasons why this is proving to be such a great augmentative/alternative communication method.

1. The Variety of Programs (Apps)

There are programs you can download onto your iPad called apps. There are thousands upon thousands of apps out there, for all different purposes. Just within the autism world, there are thousands of apps. The purpose of many of these apps is to help nonverbal kids speak. A lot of them do it with pictures and symbols that you can load onto the program.

The child sees a picture of something he wants, and points to it. When pushed, the touchpad says the word out loud. Using simple finger movements, the child can also arrange several symbols or pictures into a sentence. “I want to play,” or “I want an apple,” or “I’m tired.” The iPad says this out loud and allows the user to communicate their needs and desires.

2. The Ease of Use

When working with autism in children, you will often see a lot of fine motor problems. It is hard for kids to control exactly where their fingers go, or to do things that require a lot of fine motor control. Even devices like the iPod Touch are more difficult to use for a child with autism, because they require more motor control.

But the iPad has a big screen, and all that is requires is very broad pointing and swiping. It is engaging, with all the animations, sounds and games, so it holds the user’s attention.

You touch it, and something happens – it can’t get much simpler than that. This immediate cause and effect is much more likely to grab and hold the attention of kids with autism than other devices. Also, many kids with autism have good visual memory, and this makes navigating through the screens relatively easy for them after a few tries.

3. The Educational Value

There are so many different kinds of apps you can download, that anything you can conceive of is there. Some apps teach kids with autism spelling, but do so in such a fun and engaging way that the kids think they are just playing — so they keep doing it. There are programs that can teach a variety of different skills, in many different academic areas.

4. The Social Value

You can also use the iPad to create customized social stories for every possible situation. If you’re going out to the store, you can create an animated social story with personal pictures and your own voice saying and showing exactly what will happen during this process. “Jonah will put on his shows. Jonah will get into the car and not fight with his brother. Jonah will walk down the aisles of the grocery store… ” You can say or show whatever you want, and your child can look at it as many times as they want.

This makes them feel more comfortable and prepared about going out in the world, and makes the outing go much more easily for you. It makes the effects of autism in children easier on you and your family’s life.

Another nice thing about iPads is they blend in. As the child gets older, they start worrying about blending in more. The iPad doesn’t mark them as having a disability, because it is something that many people have.

For a list of websites that review autism related iPad apps, you can see this list of autism apps that the New York Times put together.

The iPad is not the only AAC device out there, but it is the one that best blends all the past and future technologies together. Previous devices where you typed something in and had voice output cost thousands of dollars. The iPad cost a few hundred dollars. (And everyone in the family can use it.) Therefore, for anyone working with autism in children, finding some sort of augmentative alternative communication device, like the iPad, for them is highly recommended.

And for further tips and techniques to help your child with autism live a happy and fulfilled life, go to the web site http://www.autismparenthood.com/. There you will be able to sign up for the free Autism newsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved ones thrive on the autism spectrum.

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Critical Facts About Autism – Grandparent Is Your Grandchild at Risk?

Autism is a word that brings much sadness to a parent when told that their child presents with the symptoms.

Grandparents please be on the lookout for symptoms. Especially if you by chance are a “nanny” to your grandchild like so many grandmothers and even grandfathers are these days.

In the profession I was in, I encountered cases of autism in children. In the beginning it was a rare issue concerning childhood disabilities. By the time I left the profession 38 years later, autism cases were a regular issue. I began to wonder throughout the years on the job “what was going on?” It seemed like an epidemic!

I later discovered that other conditions had been added to the mix and called “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior” even mental retardation is included.

The latest statistics show that 1 in 88 to 1 in 110 children have been diagnosed with Autism.

But it appears that too many conditions were added to the autism category. There is a possibility that it will be modified.

Apparently medical studies think that the number is too high and plan to re-asses the diagnosis.

My friend has a niece who was five years of age when she became autistic. Before the diagnosis, she was happy, bright and social. Then practically overnight she changed!

I found out that this is rare but cases have been found where a child suddenly deteriorates between the ages of 3 to 10 years and show marked autistic behaviors.

After seeing the doctor it was determined that she was autistic, cause, unknown.

How shocking and befuddling was that? No explanation could be given as to why or how this occurred.

Autism appears to be a genetic brain disease. I heard that pregnant women can now know if their baby is at risk.

It was also stated that women avoid taking Valproic acid (a chemical compound and an acid that has found clinical use as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and, less commonly, major depression. It is also used to treat migraine headaches and schizophrenia) or Thalidomide. I thought this was banned? Found out that research is ongoing in its use to treat cancers and autoimmune conditions, although its use is controversial.

Here is a tidbit of information regarding a suspected cause of autism.


Florida researcher, Robert Cade, M.D., and his colleagues have identified a milk protein, casomorphin, as the probable cause of attention deficit disorder and autism. They found Beta-casomorphin-7 in high concentrations in the blood and urine of patients with either schizophrenia or autism.

Visit – notmilk.com click on Autism for the full report. This gives one cause to ponder.

How do you know or suspect if your child could be autistic? According to the CDC, you can begin to notice as early as nine months of age. The CDC has a list of markers that present at specific ages of a child that are warning signs and for you to present to your child’s doctor.

How is this illness treated? There is no magical pill. Treatment varies depending on the category of autism that the child fits into. And of course like many of our modern diseases, there is no cure.

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