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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

David asks…

Where should I look for child care for 3 yr old with mild autism?

admin answers:

Check with your local infant/child care centre, GP or hospital for the relevant information on groups, help and respite for your toddler and for yourself. They should also have current information on the latest treatments and ideas to help you with the day to day care of your child and their individual needs, including child care options. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Michael asks…

Any suggestions on Gluten Free Casein Free diet for a toddler?

I’m getting my son evaluted for Autism in a few weeks, but as I’m researching autism and treatments I’ve noticed alot of links between Autism and Gluten allergies. I have a couple of friends that have Celiac disease and they have given me pointers on items they eat, but my perdicatment is alittle different because I’m dealing with a picky 2 year old. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Only serious answers please, If your friends friend has a toddler with this condition please don’t answer, I’d like answers from someone who knows about this first hand. Thanks =0)

admin answers:

Here are my toddler friendly GF suggestions: I do NOT know if they are CF bc I only eat GF!

Glutino Breakfast Bars www.glutino.com (similar to nutrigrain bars)
Envirokidz Vanilla Animal Cookies (health food stores and www.amazon.com) ONLY Vanilla is GF.

Glutino Honey Nut Cereal (like cheerios, also has Apple Cinammon)

Glutino has lots of other good cookies, bagels and breads.

Kinninnicks makes an AWESOME pizza crust. In stores and not sure about online. THey also make great donuts and breads.

Liek I said I am not sure if these are CF, but might i suggest you check out the Yahoo Group “foodallergynetwork” bc many of those members avoid Gluten and Casein and can probly help you more than me!!

Best of luck,
Amy
Chairperson La North Shore Celiac Sprue Association

PS Feel free toe mail me privately I have taught Early Head Start and Head start and worked with autistic children before.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Charles asks…

My toddler walks on his tip toes?

My son is 21months he always walks on his tip toes! His happy to run nmd walk with no pain!
Is it a medical condition or a habit?

admin answers:

That is a strong sign of autism.

Is he speaking well and growing a strong vocabulary? Making good eye contact?

Walking on tip-toes is a sensory disorder… Which often is part of autism. He should be seen by a pediatrician.

It is possible it is just a quirk he does (it is for some kids), but often it is a sign of a larger problem. In that case, you want to start intervention as soon as possible. Outcomes are much better when treatment is started before age 2.

Look at this quiz to see if your child is reaching his other milestones. Http://pages.uoregon.edu/asqstudy/

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Michael asks…

how do you know your child has autism?

is there anything else the signs can lead to? also, what can I do for him to help him along or make his life easier in the meantime? he has doctors appointments lined up for developmental and communication issues, but they feel so far away (weeks). He’s turning 2 in a couple weeks.

admin answers:

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire is a general developmental checklist. Autistic kids would score low on Communication and Personal-Social, but usually do fine on the motor skills parts, and may do fine on the problem solving part as well. Make sure that you say you want them to email your results. You can also print out what you answered to each question so you can hand them to your doctor, as he’s going to want to know the answers to most of those (he might want to repeat some things himself though).

Http://asq.uoregon.edu/index.php?lang=en

Then, more autism-specific, there is the M-CHAT (Modified CHecklist for Autism in Toddlers). Again, write down the results and share with your doctor.

Http://www.firstsigns.org/downloads/m-chat.PDF
http://www.firstsigns.org/downloads/Downloads_archive/m-chat_scoring.PDF

Finally, aside from talking to your doctor, make an appointment with Early Intervention or whatever they are called in your state (every state has an agency like this, but they have different names). They will assess your child for free, and provide treatment for cheap or free as well if your kid needs it. The assessment appointment would probably be a few weeks from now, so you might not get any answers sooner than from your doctor, but odds are your doctor is going to tell you to get your son assessed by them anyway, and doctors don’t speed up the process, so might as well make that appointment yourself now. If the doc says your child is perfectly fine you can always cancel the appointment with Early Intervention (or not… Second opinions don’t hurt).

Depending on what developmental and communication issues he has, it could be autism or something else… I’m not even going to guess without seeing a list of symptoms.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Ruth asks…

Is it normal for my little boy to not be able to say around 4 words at fifteen months of age?

my baby is fifteen months and he can only say 4 words, none of which are clear. Is that normal or should I take him to see a speech therapist? I was worried that he could be showing signs of autism because he bangs his head, all the time for no reason since he was around a month old. I also noticed he was sensitive to light and sound. He hates loud noises, I know I probably seem overly concerned or paranoid but I wanted to know your opinions should I get him tested for one or both? Or should I just leave it alone for now, and wait it out ?

admin answers:

It is normal for a baby that age not to say much. Some toddlers don’t say much at all until they’re close to two; and then, all of a sudden, they just talk as if they’ve always been talking.

With regard to the other things, though, if you’re concerned you ought to talk to his doctor. He may be fine, but a doctor can tell you that. If, on the other hand, he isn’t completely fine the earlier he is diagnosed and begins to get treatment (if he did have Autism), the more likely he can be helped (maybe to the point of being ok).

I’ve always heard that babies with Autism usually don’t show signs as early as a month old, so that’s something to keep in mind if you talk to his doctor.

Really, though, since you have seen a few things that are making you concerned why not just ask the doctor about those things and take it from there. Again, if he does have a problem it won’t help him if you wait it out. If he doesn’t have a problem, then you’ll be reassured by getting him checked out.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 6 Year Old

Ruth asks…

Does anybody have any suggestions on the Thimerosal Vaccine?

My daughter is 1 year 2 and a half weeks old. She is up to date on all her shots and we haven’t had any problems so far. But I am really worried about this Thimerosal problem. I just heard about the connection of Thimerosal and autism in toddlers last week. My daughter is due for another set of shots in 2 months. Does anybody know of any websites or have any suggestions on if I should allow them to give her the shots? Has anybody not let the doctors give the vaccines because of this problem?

admin answers:

Http://www.909shot.com is a really good unbiased website.

You should also be concerned about the formaldehyde, aluminum and other preservatives in vaccines that are neurotoxins. My oldest two daughters are fully vaccinated, unfortunately I didn’t know then what I know now about vaccines. My youngest(6 months) will not be vaccinated. I do see that my oldest has eczema, symptoms of ADHD, slight learning disability and gets sick from anyone one with a mild virus she comes in contact to. I currently have her seeing a holistic chiropractor and I am trying to keep her diet as organic as possible. Is it caused by vaccines, no one knows. What I know is that the manufactures have not tested vaccines for carcinogens, but formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury are all known carcinogens. Cancerous material in our children’s bodies!, Scary isn’t it? The chance of a healthy unvaccinated child getting a disease that a vaccine covers is almost nil, none, notta. People say that if your child does not get the vaccine then your child is going to die from that disease. Why? We don’t live in a third world country and we have the medical technology to take care of us, right? The chance of a child dying from a disease that a vaccine would cover is slim if your child were not vaccinated. Vaccines are not 100% effective and there are many long term issues that come from vaccinating, with the rise in the # of vaccines given to a child under the age of one, there has been a huge rise in ADD, ADHD, Autism, cancer, autoimmune disease and disorder, heart disease, heart attacks, and neurological damage. Good luck to you and your family. From one parent to another.

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Question?: Pdd-nos Checklist

Michael asks…

Autism & potty training….?

I’ve recently come to the realization that my almost 4 year old son might be autistic (mild to moderate). I am having the WORST time trying to potty train him (over the past year). He just flat out refuses, throws tantrums when I ask if he wants to go on the potty, and if I take him in there and sit him down he cries like he is afraid of it. Is there a link between autism & potty training? I mean, could he be so dead-set against it because he is possibly autistic (& afraid) or is he just being really stubborn?

Sorry if this seems like a silly question. I can’t figure out why he’s so afraid of the potty and after coming to realize that he’s possibly autistic, I was just wondering if there’s a connection.

Also, if any one can give me an insight on what’s to come after he is formally diagnosed…such as therapies & stuff like that; it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, what is the “test” to diagnose autism? Will they have to draw blood, give him a CAT scan or anything like that? I would just like to be prepared.

Thanks again.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArzE9qXlFQkZwcGn8nymjnHsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20081114094128AAIcMni

Here is a question I asked a few days ago. It lists SOME of the reasons why I believe he might have autism.

All I asked was if there was potty training issues with mild to moderate autistic children.

He has a doctor’s appointment on the 29th.

admin answers:

Autism is diagnosed based on clinical observation and testing by a professional using one or more standardized tests. Professionals most likely to diagnose autism are psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, and school psychologists. Some of the screenings and tests which may be used in the diagnostic process are: CARS (Childhood Autism Rating Scale), Autism Diagnostic Checklist Form E-2, CHAT (Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test -2, ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale), and ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised).

In addition, parental interview and medical history are taken into consideration.

The current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) has specific criterion required to make a diagnosis of autism, or a Pervasive Development Disorder.

There are five disorders under the PDD umbrella which include Autism, Aspergers, Rhett’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and PDD-NOS (not otherwise specified).

The diagnosis of autism may be made when a specified number of characteristics listed in the DSM-IV are present.

CRITERIA
A. A total of at least six items from (1), (2), and (3), with at least two from (1), and one each from (2) and (3):

Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:
marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction.
Failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g., by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest)
lack of social or emotional reciprocity
Qualitative impairments in communication as manifested by at least one of the following:
delay in, or total lack of, the development of spoken language (not accompanied by an attempt to compensate through alternative modes of communication such as gesture or mime)
in individuals with adequate speech, marked impairment in the ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others
stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language
lack of varied, spontaneous make-believe play or social imitative play appropriate to developmental level
Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:
encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus
apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole body movements)
persistent preoccupation with parts of objects
B. Delays or abnormal functioning in at least one of the following areas, with onset prior to age 3 years: (1) social interaction, (2) language as used in social communication, or (3) symbolic or imaginative play.

C. The disturbance is not better accounted for by Rett’s Disorder or Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Richard asks…

Autism question: young toddler already showing signs?

I have a young toddler showing some signs of autism already. The pediatrician has brought it up briefly and will prob setup some sort of screening test for it soon. I believe if he has it its not at the highest level.

I personally don’t know a ton about Autism, are there different levels of Autism?

Can it get worse or better with therapy?

What causes Autism and is there any medication to help in the future?

I always thought Autism was another name for a learning disability.

admin answers:

There are definitely different levels of autism. It can range from severe autism all the way to some simple learning disabilities. My son was diagnosed with PDD NOS at age 2, which is a mild form of autism. He basically has speech delays and some “quirks” in his personality as we call it.

The sooner your child is diagnosed and starts therapy, the better they will do later on. I highly recommend asking your pediatrician for a referral to a developmental pediatrician or neurologist. There is testing they can do (even at young ages) to see if your child falls on the autism spectrum, and then will recommend therapies/treatments.

Therapy definitely helps immensely. I have several friends who had mildly autistic children, and with intensive therapy, the no longer carry a diagnosis of autism. Its possible to overcome mild cases, or the diagnosis will change to something like ADD, etc.

There is no known cause for autism, but is mainly thought to be either genetic. Depending on what your child’s issues are, there are some medications out there that can help.

Like I said, I highly recommend getting your child evaluated by a developmental pediatrician or neurologist ASAP. I wish you the best of luck!!

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Sharon asks…

My child may have autism. Should I quit work?

I have a professional job. We learned today that our toddler may have autism. We already know she has some developmental delays. My question is, should I save as much money as I can and quit my job in August so that I can be with her next year before she goes to Pre-K? I really want to quit my job now.

admin answers:

I am all for mothers staying home whenever they can. But this may be an exception. Your daughter can recover from autism. But it will take biomedical treatments that are not covered by insurance for the most part, so you will probably need the income from your job to cover the costs.

To find a DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) doctor near you:
http://www.autismwebsite.com/practitioners/us_lc.htm

Main page: http://www.autism.com/index.asp

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Joseph asks…

What kind of job works with children with disabilities on a 1-1 basis?

Different jobs like this, names of them, and how many years in college to receive that specific degree would be fantastic
thanks

admin answers:

Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Low-incidence disabilities: Sensory, Developmental, and /or Multiple/ Severe Disabilities
Want to serve students who are working on communication, basic literacy, and functional skills for daily life? Learn how you can work with students with low-incidence disabilities.

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