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Question?: Autistic Disorder

David asks…

Autism reported to get worse with a patient?

I have been talking to care staff that work with an autistic man, who is siad to be getting worse autistically.

The mans mother claims that in the past, he was able to ride a bike, go out for walks, run, play and so on when he was a child.

However, his mother claims that it is because he is on medication today and that this is why his behaviour has got worse with time.
She would like him to come off medication.

His dose of medication has been reduced, but not much of a behaviour difference has been observed by the staff.

As I understand it, AS and Autistic disorder remains unchanged in its magniture through out life. But there are variables that can make its effects more or less noticable, such as adolescence and becoming an adult.

In many cases, as such people grow to become adults, I hear reports of a decline in such behaviour.

Can this condition become more or less severe in terms of brain structural damage?
If so, why?

admin answers:

Autism is not caused as a result of brain damage. Scientists are still trying to make a determination of cause, but they think it is probably a genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors. There are degrees of severity. Many people on the autism spectrum are not mentally retarded. However deficits in communication and social skills make it seem as if they are developmentally challenged.

In my career as a special education teacher, I have observed that puberty DOES present behavior challenges to people on the autism spectrum. But then again, been around any typical kids going through puberty lately? *grin* Puberty can adversely effect the best of us. The issue is just compounded when the person has severe expressive and receptive communication problems.

Some questions you may want to ask are:
Does this person have preferred activities (puzzles, movies, lining up books, etc.)? If so, are these activities built into his daily schedule? Does he have a visual schedule over which he has some control (during a free time activity period, can he choose from 2 or 3 different things)? During his day, does he participate in meaningful age appropriate activities (helping pick up trays, sweeping the floor, straightening books or magazines, etc.)? A visual prompt system may be necessary for his participation in meaningful activities, such as a sequence of pictures showing scattered magazines, then hands picking up those magazines, then a neat stack of magazines.

Basically, any person, no matter their disability level, needs to have scheduled periods of useful activities interspersed with fun activities throughout their day. The challenge is two-fold: finding something useful they can do successfully, and discovering what it is that they consider ‘fun’.

Thanks for being concerned and willing to help a fellow human being. Good luck and best wishes!

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

Sandy asks…

Who would an adult go to get tested for aspergers syndrome and dyslexia?

Counselor? General psychologist? Someone specializing in aspergers?

I’m 20 and I believe that I could possibly have aspergers and a mild form is dyslexia. Also, do you think aspergers and dyslexia are related at all?

Thanks.

admin answers:

You need a “clinical psychologist” who specialises in Autism Spectrum conditions.

There may be a link between AS and dyslexia, with a significant number (but nowehere near the majority) having both, but that doesn’t mean there’s a causal relationship.

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Question?: What Is Autism In Spanish

Carol asks…

My teacher wants to take me out of Spanish class!?

I haven’t been doing too well with my Spanish class, so for next year, my teacher wants to put me in this class called Resource, where you learn organization and study skills. The kids who are put in this class are generaly not very bright, and often get made fun of. I don’t know what to do. I want my teacher to reconsider, but she thinks this is a good desicion. Please, please help me!
My mom wants me to be in Resource, so I don’t think she can help in this one.

admin answers:

Are there any other optional classes you can choose from? If you’re not good at Spanish and are good at technical stuff or maths, maybe you can have a class related to those instead of the Resource one. Maybe Spanish isn’t for you, but that doesn’t mean that you HAVE to go into that Resource class instead.

That’s like when I was in the 8th grade doing Latin and Greek and some guidance councillor told my mum she should send me to special ed. Where I could learn packaging (as in working in a factory packaging batteries or special packages of laundry detergent and stuff like that). I had trouble with Greek because of the different letters but I finished high school (even did 3 more years of Latin without too much trouble still). I’ve now been diagnosed with PDD-NOS (on the Autism Spectrum) so I’m guessing she suspected something back then and that was her reason for saying that, but I think I’ve proven that I have more potential than that. I’m glad my mum stood by me and refused to send me to special ed – I’ve worked in factories especially designed to employ people with a disability (as a temp) but that was not something I could have stuck with indefinitely.

Organization and study skills are useful, but if you don’t feel it’s for you, try and find another option. Arts, woodwork, computer class, extra math – there has to be some other option instead of the Spanish, they shouldn’t be able to force you to choose a certain class (except for the mandatory ones like English and maths obviously).

Good luck!!

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Question?: Autism Signs And Symptoms

John asks…

How many people have children with Autism?

Any type of autism on the spectrum. This is for a project at school. Just tell me about your experiences with Autistic (or Asperger’s) Children

admin answers:

1 in 88 children have autism (1 in 54 boys) 3/4 of children with autism are boys, the fourth is a girl. “classic” or “full blown autism” can be directed by the age of 2, warning signs are lack of eye contact, little or no speech, and a lack of other communication skills.

Asperger’s syndrome is a “high functioning” form of autism- meaning it shares the same basis of lacking communication skills with classic autism, but symptoms are far more severe.

I am a teen with asperger’s syndrome, and my main symptoms are severe anxiety, not knowing what to say in a conversation, having obsessions or fixations on things like trains, air planes, & computers, and no eye contact (this is due to anxiety). Most kids with mild autism also have other learning disabilities, like ADHD.

There is also a thing a lot of autistic people do called “stimming” It means self stimulation. You might see autistic kids doing things like rocking back and forth (it’s soothing) and flapping their hands, (I do this when excited).

One important thing to know about autistic individuals often are very proud to have autism, even though it is viewed by others as a disability. THERE IS NO CURE. But certain therapies DO help, like physical therapy, talk therapy, and social skills help.

THIS SHOULD JUST ABOUT SUM UP YOUR PROJECT!

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Question?: What Is Autism Yahoo

Maria asks…

Looking for parents who have recovering children from autism ?

I’m looking for other parents who have went through recovering thier child from autism any help is greatly appreciated. Also, if any parents are in phx, arizona that would help a lot with any local sources out here thanks.

admin answers:

YES, children can and have recovered! To Duck, sorry if you choose to be bugged by that statement, but it is true. While I agree with Duck that “You can only do your best with what your given”, part of what your given are other’s who have gone before you and come out the other side. I’ve met several kids who have recovered. I don’t know what their brain scans look like, but by standard diagnostic Autism testing (e.g., ADOS-WS), they appear nowhere on the autism spectrum. Here is a link to some wonderful free archived web seminars:
http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/webinar/index.php
Note: Raun Kaufman who recovered in the 1970’s is on this. Brian Nelson who’s son recovered is on this. Also, William Hogan who’s daughter recovered is on this. Jade Hogan’s Recovery Video: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/109310/1702951 21 minute video spans from on-set (solitary life) to recovery (talking on the phone, playing T-Ball, etc.)

Oprah Winfrey and Richard Sher on “People Are Talking” {from 1981} interviewed Barry Neil Kaufman on how he helped his child, Raun, recover from Autism. They discuss the importance of never giving up hope. The Kaufmans later went on to found the Autism Treatment Center of America where their son Raun, recovered from Autism, is now the CEO. If the Kaufmans had listen to the many doctors that they consulted, Raun would be in an institution right now…instead, Raun has been one of the best teachers that I have ever had.

Clip 1 of 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8uJ5RpQWw0

Clip 2 of 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QshJhrPBPHM

Clip 3 of 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmsrBoqoh8I

Clip 4 of 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwKzM64rTJY

For about 3 years, our daughter who has autism was in special needs preschool with ABA with PECS. This did not work for her. Two years ago we started Son-Rise as our relationship based teaching modality. Within the first 5 months, her 3-hour tantrums were gone; she was potty trained, her eye contact had grown exponentially, she started speaking some sentences, and best of all, she was happy!

We have also started complementary bio medical interventions with even further results. Recovery is possible, and dramatic improvement is fairly commonplace amongst other Son-Rise parents that I have talked to. You may want to check out Jonathan Levy’s book, What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child With Autism (http://www.amazon.com/What-Right-Help-Child-Autism/dp/1402209185/ref=sr_1_1/103-7291337-5129403?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179939405&sr=8-1).
We LOVE this book!!!
Remember to trust yourself…not just doctors and therapists. Often their ASD training is limited and you have a PhD in knowing your child.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Babies

Maria asks…

What are your views on the MMR vaccine and autism?

Do you have children that you have decided to vaccinate or not, how are they developing? Please be honest – there is an epidemic of autism in this country (one in 130 kids!!!!!!) why the sudden increase over the last few decades if not the vaccines???? I’m petrified! I refuse to sentence my baby to mental retardation just because a doctor tells me to! HELP!!!!

admin answers:

You’ll have to make your own choice about vaccination. As the father of a 9 year old son with Asperger syndrome, a borderline autism spectrum, my experience was that he was developing quite normally, in fact above normal until he got the vaccine which did have thimerosal , at age 1 1/2. From then on he showed significant deterioration in verbal and social skills including eye contact and interaction. Before the shot he was beginning to speak and and react to his mother, siblings and I. He has been seen by the top experts in the United States, coast to coast, as we’ve spared no expense to provide the best medical treatment for him. His mother and I have undergone gene testing and have been determined NOT to have genetic markers for autism. No history of it in either of our familes at all. When I read and hear from all these naysayers pontificating that there is no connection between thimerosal /mercury vaccines and autism, I have to grin because without actually experiencing the results first hand they are only convincing themselves about what they believe and certainly not the heartbroken parents or children who suffer from vaccine related autism. And no, not every single case of autism is the result of vaccinations, but for the kids who suffer from it, the naysayers are doing a grave disservice to them and the public at large. So do what you feel is right for you and your kids and don’t let me or people who have opposing views to mine convince you one way or the other. But for those of you saying Aspergers syndrome is a “fad” I submit this: Asperger syndrome is named after Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, failed to demonstrate empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. Fifty years later, AS was standardized as a diagnosis, but questions about many aspects of AS remain. For example, there is lingering doubt about the distinction between AS and high-functioning autism (HFA);partly due to this, the prevalence of AS is not firmly established. The exact cause of AS is unknown, although research supports the likelihood of a genetic basis; brain imaging techniques have NOT identified a clear common pathology. This is fact not a “fad”.

I wish you and yours the best.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Maria asks…

What would autistic parents teach an autistic child?

Autism is a mutation in the brain, and mutations can be either helpful or harmful (mutations are what brought mankind to where it is today). Suppose for a moment that we all see autism as normal yet different from what is socially normal. How would autistic people live in a society where everyone is also autistic? How would they interact, and what would they teach each other? What would career environments be like? How would homes be built? What would be valued, and what wouldn’t be?

What would the autistic life be like?
This is what I am trying to ask.

I don’t believe autism should be seen as a “disorder” or a handicap but rather a different way of thinking and different behavior.
I read in Times magazine that autistic people have less “grey matter” and more “white matter” in their brains, and that’s why there has to be a mutation in their genes that makes it that way.
And to the person who says that it’s a disorder and that autistic people cannot compete with the rest of society, what I am stating is: what if they didn’t have to compete and had dominance in society?

admin answers:

Autism is NOT a mutation in the brain. When looking at fMRI scans and regular MRI scans, you will NOT find some defining anomoly characteristic of autism.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. One should keep in mind however, that autism is a spectrum disorder and it affects each individual differently and at varying degrees – this is why early diagnosis is so crucial. By learning the signs, a child can begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention programs (see treatment and education).

And you are right, it should not be considered a disorder. It only is due to social standards created today. Austistic people are just different. They use their brain differently, and sometimes very uniquely. Like the Rain Man.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 6 Year Old

Carol asks…

Does anyone know anyone with a chromosome missing?

My son is 7 years old now, but we were told he was missing a chromosome @ the age of 6 months. He was not doing things that a 6 month baby should be doing.( Mentally & Physically slow.)
I would like to talk to other families like us.

admin answers:

It depends on what chromosome is missing and what the symptoms he shows are.

A missing chromosome is sometimes associated with people on the autism spectrum. Is that what you’re talking about?

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Treatment

Carol asks…

Pervasive Developmental Disorder…?

What is it??? What are the causes? What does it do? How to get rid of it if you can……

THANKS !
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admin answers:

Pervasive developmental disorders cause abnormal development, including social and communication development. The symptoms appear early on – by the age of 3 at least, except in one of the disorders – and last throughout the lifetime. There are five of them: autism, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD-NOS are called the autism spectrum.

Symptoms of autism include difficulty socializing and communicating with others, delayed speech, lack of eye contact, difficulty interpreting nonverbal signals, intense fixations and interests, repetitive or compulsive movements, poor motor coordination, and abnormal sensory processing. The severity of these symptoms varies considerably. Asperger’s syndrome is a mild and high-functioning form of autism. The symptoms are the same except there is no speech delay. PDD-NOS is when someone has some autistic traits and significant impairment, but does not meet the diagnostic criteria for another PDD. These disorders have a genetic basis, but researchers have not yet uncovered the specifics. Some people believe environmental factors also play a role.

Childhood disintegrative disorder is when a child appears to be developing normally, then suddenly regresses sometime after the age of 3. The cause of this disorder is unknown. Rett syndrome occurrs almost exclusively in females. Infants with this disorder experience regression between 6-18 months of age. Symptoms include lack of speech, seizures, sensory problems, poor motor coordination, growth abnormalities, and repetitive movements. It is caused by a gene mutation on the X chromosome.

None of the PDDs are curable. There are many treatments available, including occupational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavior analysis, speech therapy, social skills training, behavior therapy, and certain medications.

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Question?: What Is Autism Video

Nancy asks…

Anybody know any sites with like videos that teaches all about how to be social?

I know there are classes that teaches like how to be all Social with people, but are there any videos that I can like download that teaches all about how to be Social? Like how you would learn in a class.

admin answers:

This site has videos that teach social skills. They are oriented toward children and people on the autism spectrum. Http://www.watchmelearn.com/

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