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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

William asks…

Why can’t anyone figure out what really causes autism?

I get frustrated because no one knows for sure. It makes me scared to try for a son because boys seem to be getting autism left and right and no one knows what the cause of it is!

admin answers:

It is a scientific fact that vaccination’s cause autism-or rather an “autism like state” which is the same thing since autism is a collection of symptoms.

The case of Hannah Poling is raising quite a stir. She is now 9 years old. As a healthy and normally developing 18-month-old girl she showed up for her well baby visit and was pummeled with 9 vaccinations, two of them containing the mercury preservative known as thimerosal. Her health immediately deteriorated into full blown autism.

Her case was the first to be settled of 4,900 autism cases pending before federal Vaccine Court. She claimed that mercury-containing vaccines were the cause of her autism. In a shocking turn of events the federal government conceded this autism case saying that “compensation is appropriate.”

I think that the biological case against Thimerosal is so dramatically overwhelming anymore that only a very foolish or a very dishonest person with the credentials to understand this research would say that Thimerosal wasn’t most likely the cause of autism.—Interview of Dr. Boyd E. Haley by Teri Small:

Parents of vaccine injured children and vaccine injured adults find the bureaucracy is unable to hear them. They find it is so corrupt and set in it’s misguided belief system regarding vaccinations that it is almost pointless to even discuss the sacred fantasy that vaccines are the salvation of mankind.

Anyone who challenges the religion of vaccines is ruthlessly attacked, doctors are afraid to speak for fear of they will be branded “anti-vaccination”. Scientist must only talk of genetic causes for fear of losing their funding.

Doctors fail to report side effects at an estimated rate of 90%.
Many will go to extremes to explain away side effects as anything but what they are.

A proper long-term safety evaluation of vaccines of any kind has never been done-and it will never be done by the CDC or the vaccine producers because these organizations forced them on the population and they know what the study will show..

The vaccine autism link will never be debunked because the CDC has known for at least 8 years they cause autism.

It is likely you have no idea what is in them but you can find our here.http://www.know-vaccines.org/faq.html…

You can link to a safer vaccination scedule here if you vaccinate at all once you know what they really do to people.

Read this.http://www.whale.to/vaccines/mendelsohn….
And this.http://www.ageofautism.com/2008/04/dr-bl…

Good site for inf run by a doctor.http://www.newswithviews.com/tenpenny/sh…

“A single vaccine given to a six-pound newborn is the equivalent of giving a 180-pound adult 30 vaccinations on the same day. Include in this the toxic effects of high levels of aluminum and formaldehyde contained in some vaccines, and the synergist toxicity could be increased to unknown levels. Further, it is very well known that infants do not produce significant levels of bile or have adult renal capacity for several months after birth. Bilary transport is the major biochemical route by which mercury is removed from the body, and infants cannot do this very well. They also do not possess the renal (kidney) capacity to remove aluminum. Additionally, mercury is a well-known inhibitor of kidney function. Http://www.whale.to/v/haley_q.html…


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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

George asks…

What are the symptoms of a child with autism?

how do you know your child is autistic?

admin answers:

If your baby otherwise seems to be growing and developing normally, then that is probably not a sign of autism. Among other normal developmental milestones that you would expect at this age include that your baby smiles, is usually comforted or soothed when she is picked up, follows objects past the midline of her face, make ‘ooo’ and ‘aah’ type cooing noises, and maybe has begun laughing. You should definitely discuss it with your Pediatrician if you don’t think your baby’s behavior is normal though.

The symptoms you describe could also be seen in infants with high muscle tone, especially if her muscles usually seem extra stiff. This is something that you should also discuss with your Pediatrician, but it isn’t really related to autism at all.

Among the early signs and symptoms that parents and Pediatricians look for to alert them that a child needs further evaluation for autism include:

* not smiling by six months of age
* not babbling, pointing or using other gestures by 12 months
* not using single words by age 16 months
* not using two word phrases by 24 months
* having a regression in development, with any loss of language or social skills

Infants with autism might also avoid eye contact, and as they get older, act as if they are unaware of when people come and go around them, as you can see in this autism screening quiz.

Keep in mind that autism usually isn’t diagnosed until about age 3, although some experts believe that some children begin to show subtle signs as early as six months of age.

There is also an autism study that showed that some children with autism had abnormal brain growth. Specifically, they had a smaller than average head size at birth (at the 25th percentile), but then had a period of rapid head growth during which their head size moved up to the 84th percentile by age 6-14 months. But rapid head growth is not a sign in all kids with autism.

In general, if you are concerned about your child’s development, especially if you think that they might have autism, you should talk to your Pediatrician and consider a more formal developmental evaluation.

And keep in mind that when a child arches her back a lot, it can be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux (Sandifer Syndrome), although you would usually expect other symptoms, like spitting up and being fussy.
Getting An Evaluation
One of the frustrating things that occurs when parents think something is wrong with their child’s development is that they may be told ‘not to worry’ or that they ‘should just wait.’ Experts think that it is better for parents to trust their instincts and get their child evaluated if they think that they aren’t developing normally. This guide from First Signs is a good resource for parents trying to share their concerns with their Pediatrician.

Your local early childhood development program may also be able to do an evaluation if you are concerned about your child’s development.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Thomas asks…

Which vaporizes more quickly and which is more harmful out of: Elemental Mercury and Mercuric chloride?

If possible
Tell why is it so?
Which will be more harmful by inhalation, if both are spilled under similar conditions?
How can their effect be avoided?

admin answers:

Mercuric chloride (HgCl2) is a very poisonous salt and was once used to disinfect wounds. Mercurous chloride (Hg2Cl2), also called calomel, is an antiseptic used to kill bacteria.

Mercury is poisonous and can enter the body through the respiratory tract, the digestive tract or directly through the skin. It accumulates in the body, eventually causing severe illness or death.

Mercurous chloride is toxic, although due to its low solubility in water it is generally less dangerous than its mercuric chloride counterpart.


Identifying and removing the source of the mercury is crucial. Decontamination requires removal of clothes, washing skin with soap and water, and flushing the eyes with saline solution as needed. Inorganic ingestion such as mercuric chloride should be approached as the ingestion of any other serious caustic. Immediate chelation therapy is the standard of care for a patient showing symptoms of severe mercury poisoning or the laboratory evidence of a large total mercury load.[1]

Chelation therapy for acute inorganic mercury poisoning can be done with DMSA, 2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (DMPS), D-penicillamine (DPCN), or dimercaprol (BAL).[1] Only DMSA is FDA-approved for use in children for treating mercury poisoning. However, several studies found no clear clinical benefit from DMSA treatment for poisoning due to mercury vapor.[32] No chelator for methylmercury or ethylmercury is approved by the FDA; DMSA is the most frequently used for severe methylmercury poisoning, as it is given orally, has fewer side effects, and has been found to be superior to BAL, DPCN, and DMPS.[1] Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) has been shown to be protective against acute mercury poisoning in several mammalian species when it is given soon after exposure; correct dosage is required, as inappropriate dosages increase toxicity. Although it has been hypothesized that frequent low dosages of ALA may have potential as a mercury chelator, studies in rats have been contradictory.[33] Glutathione and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) are recommended by some physicians, but have been shown to increase mercury concentrations in the kidneys and the brain.[33] Experimental findings have demonstrated an interaction between selenium and methylmercury, but epidemiological studies have found little evidence that selenium helps to protect against the adverse effects of methylmercury.[34]

Even if the patient has no symptoms or documented history of mercury exposure, a minority of physicians (predominantly those in alternative medicine) use chelation to “rid” the body of mercury, which they believe to cause neurological and other disorders. A common practice is to challenge the patient’s body with a chelation agent, collect urine samples, and then use laboratory reports to diagnose the patient with toxic levels of mercury; often no pre-chelation urine sample is collected for comparison. The patient is then advised to undergo further chelation.[32] No scientific data supports the claim that the mercury in vaccines causes autism[35] or its symptoms,[36] and there is no scientific support for chelation therapy as a treatment for autism.[37]

Chelation therapy can be hazardous. In August 2005, an incorrect form of EDTA used for chelation therapy resulted in hypocalcemia, causing cardiac arrest that killed a five-year-old autistic boy.[38]

Many of the toxic effects of mercury are partially or wholly reversible, either through specific therapy or through natural elimination of the metal after exposure has been discontinued.[39] However, heavy or prolonged exposure can do irreversible damage, particularly in fetuses, infants, and young children. Young’s syndrome is believed to be a long term consequence of early childhood mercury poisoning.[40]

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Donald asks…

How can my sister stop getting scared over a flu shot?

Well, My sister gets all tense and she almost starts to cry whenever she gets a shot, We try to calm her but it makes her More tense. Shes getting a flu shot in 3 weeks and im afaird she’ll freak again…Help?
Yeah, I’ve told my parents that flu shots can cause alot of bad reactions, and what do they say, “Yeah right” and they say “It’s for our own good” I mean…0.0

admin answers:

Your sister has good reason to be affraid of the flu shot. You, her, or anyone else should NOT get that junk put into your body and violate the sanctity of your blood.

It is more common to have bad reactions than not to have a reaction.

Another influenza season is beginning, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will strongly urge Americans to get a flu shot. In fact, the CDC mounts a well-orchestrated campaign each season to generate interest and demand for flu shots. But a recent study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu appeared to have no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons.

At first glance, the data did suggest that children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years derived some protection from vaccination in these years. But after adjusting for potentially relevant variables, the researchers concluded that “significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting” examined.
Additionally, a Group Health study found that flu shots do not protect elderly people against developing pneumonia — the primary cause of death resulting as a complication of the flu. Others have questioned whether there is any mortality benefit with influenza vaccination. Vaccination coverage among the elderly increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now, but there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza or pneumonia.
There is some evidence that flu shots cause Alzheimer’s disease, most likely as a result of combining mercury with aluminum and formaldehyde. Mercury in vaccines has also been implicated as a cause of autism.

Three other serious adverse reactions to the flu vaccine are joint inflammation and arthritis, anaphylactic shock (and other life-threatening allergic reactions), and Guillain-Barré syndrome, a paralytic autoimmune disease. One credible hypothesis that explains the seasonal nature of flu is that influenza is a vitamin D deficiency disease.

There are three major reasons why this government push to vaccinate 84 percent of the U.S. Population with a yearly flu vaccine is so incomprehensible:

1. The majority of flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury; an amount considered unsafe for anyone weighing less than 550 pounds! And which groups are most sensitive to the neurological damage that has been associated with mercury? Infants, children, and the elderly.

2. No studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly, yet this is one of the key groups to which they’re pushed.

3. If you get a flu shot, you can still get the flu (or flu-like symptoms). This is because it only protects against certain strains, and it’s anyone’s guess which flu viruses will be in your area. So why would you take a flu shot – EVERY YEAR — that has NEVER been proven to be effective, that can give you the very illness you’re trying to prevent, and has potential long-term side effects that are far worse than the flu itself?

The powers that be have done an excellent job of instilling fear into the population so they believe that they must get a shot to stay healthy, but the simple reality is it’s doing you more harm than good. And, even if the flu vaccine could effectively prevent the flu, there have been several examples in past years where government health officials have chosen the incorrect influenza strains for that year’s vaccine. In 2004, the National Vaccine Information Center described how CDC officials told everyone to line up for a flu shot that didn’t even contain the influenza strain causing most of the flu that year. Two-Thirds of This Year’s Flu Vaccines Contain a Full-Dose of Mercury According to Dr. Donald Miller, MD, two-thirds of this year’s flu vaccines contain 25 micrograms of thimerosal. Thimerosal is 49 percent mercury by weight. Each dose of these flu vaccines contains more than 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit for mercury.

In addition to mercury, flu vaccines also contain other toxic or hazardous ingredients like:

• Formaldehyde — a known cancer-causing agent
• Aluminum — a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease
• Triton X-100 — a detergent
• Phenol (carbolic acid)
• Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
• Various antibiotics: neomycin, streptomycin, gentamicin – which can cause allergic reactions in some people

Know that there’s plenty of scientific evidence available to back up the recommendation to avoid flu vaccines – if nothing else, then for the simple reason that they don’t work, and don’t offer any real benefit to offset their inherent health risks. For example:

• A brand new study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. The researchers concluded that “significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting” examined.
• A study published in the Lancet just two months ago found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. This supports a study done five years ago, published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
• Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine last month also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now.
• Last year, researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published this conclusion in the Lancet Infectious Diseases: “We conclude that frailty selection bias and use of non-specific endpoints such as all-cause mortality have led cohort studies to greatly exaggerate vaccine benefits.”
• A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.

I focus on improving my immune system through good nutrition and NEVER, EVER get a flu shot under any circumstances and have NOT had a cold, the flu, or allergies in the last 5 years now.

Good luck to you

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Joseph asks…

Do you believe that Autism is caused by shots?

I wonder if it is not thy kind of overload our childrens bodies at a very young age with vaccinations. Have you read Jenny McCarthy’s book?
If you do believe that it causes autisim would you get your child the shots?

admin answers:

It has not been proven or disproven. But regardless of that, I do not trust vaccine safety. There is mercury, lead, aluminum, formaldehyde, etc. I don’t understand why anyone would want to put known toxins into their babies bloodstream.
Many of the vaccines are not needed. Also they are not safe. There are still many vaccines that have thimerosal (doctors were not required to get rid of any stock they had, and could still have some). Vaccines are not tested for carcinogenic potential. So it is possible that they could cause cancer. Formaldehyde is in many childhood vaccines and some are made from aborted fetal cells. GROSS! I know that there are risks of not vaccinating, but there are also some scary risks associated with vaccinating. Honestly, I know that people say the risks of having a bad reaction are low, but do you want to take the chance of your child having a bad reaction. Also, I have been looking at each individual vaccine and the need. Hepatitis B is sexually transmitted, so the risk for an infant is not there. Hepatitis A, is not needed either, many times children can have it without symptoms, and then they are immune for life (that is more than a vaccine can do). Mumps are usually asymptomatic, so this vaccine is not always necessary. Diptheria can be cured with an antibiotic. Measels used to be a normal childhood disease, adn people gained lifetime immunity. Vaccinations do not give lifetime immunity. That is why people have to get booster shots… If you are torn and need more time to think about it, delay the vaccines and you can always get them later. But you will NEVER be able to take them back. I am also not trying to force my views. It is for you to decide. If you want some more reading material on the subject, e-mail me. And children do not need them for school (there are waivers in every state). So do not let that be the only reason that you do it.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

George asks…

What do you think about giving the H1N1 Vaccine to your kids?

I am wondering what other parents think about the H1N1 flu and the vaccine for your kids. Are you going to give it to them? WHat are the risks of giving the vaccine to our kids? At what age can a child have the vaccine?

What is your overall option on this subject???

Has anyone already gotten there child the h1n1 vaccine?

My daughter is 8 months old and I’m worried!!!

Please no rude comments.
Can the H1N1 vaccine cause autism?

admin answers:

My daughter is 9 months old. She will not be getting either the flu or the h1n1 vaccine.

My gut told me to hold back on vaccines for her. We haven’t done any. I had one doctor tell me that I was saving her from an “unnecessary poke” and another doctor screamed at me. Then, when my daughter was three months old (a month past the appointment where she would have gotten her first shots), she had a severe reaction to a decongestant. She was unconscious and unresponsive for seven hours due to four drops of a medicine. We have since learned that she has a severe hypersensitivity to certain drugs. It’s very likely that the vaccines, had she gotten them, could have harmed or killed her.

My point? Listen to your gut instinct. Do your research. Not just from the CDC site either. Read the news stories.

In Nashville, there is a hospital who is refusing to give or to take the h1n1 nasal spray because they believe it’s dangerous. The fact that a hospital believes that tells me a whole lot more than I get from a CDC site where they profit by pushing the vaccines. Money IS involved, and they do get it. They just find twisted ways to do it and say that they’re not related. Several news channels have had great stories on this in recent weeks.

H1N1 has had an outbreak locally for about a month now. One of my co-workers had it (he got it from his daughter). He exposed our entire office for two days while he was showing symptoms (supposedly it’s contageous for a couple of days before they even show symptoms, so we were probably exposed for 4-5 days). Not a single one of us got it. Of his family of four (including an infant son), only he and his daughter had it. And it was nothing more than a glorified cold.

Around here, the doctors just send people home for a week. That’s it. No panic. There have been A LOT of confirmed cases here and there haven’t been any deaths or serious side effects. Again, a glorified cold that the media is taking all out of proportion.

Statistically, if you compare the numbers, it’s actually a little better than the regular flu. People die from the regular flu all the time. The media is just scaring people and taking it all out of proportion.

Oh, and another thing – the shots themselves can and are dangerous. Just a couple of days ago, a (regular) flu shot killed a perfectly healthy eight-year-old boy in NY who had no underlying health conditions.

As for your question about whether it can cause autism, NO ONE knows for sure about any of the vaccines. The most anyone will say is that there is “no definitive proof” that it can cause it. Yet, even the DTAP vaccine has autism and sids listed as possible side effects. I personally believe that there are things in vaccines that can trigger autism in some children-children who are prone to get it possibly due to genetics or neurological issues, and that the vaccines just break that fine line that they were holding onto.

There is a lot of mercury in the H1N1 vaccine. They raised the allowable levels so that they could get this vaccine through, and that has been a concern about autism in the past.

I personally will not give it to my child and I will not get it myself.

Check out the Yahoo Group called “Vaccinations” for more information on anything that I said above.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Jenny asks…

If I had Spinal Meningitis Haemophilus Influenzae type B when I was an infant do I have anythin to worry about?

When I was around 18 months I had Spinal Meningitiss Haemophilus influenzae type B. They told my mother that I could possibly suffer from hearing and/or vision loss from the antibiotics used in during my treatment. I am now 22 years old and have not encountered any problems regarding this matter. The spinal meningitis I had was in fact bacterial. I was more just wondering if and when these hearing and/or vision loss could take place, if ever.

admin answers:

Meningitis causes brain damage and with that come loss of hearing and loss of sight which are actually quite minor side effects from meningitis when you consider all the other problems that people have once they have over come the disease.
If you were going to lose your hearing or sight it happens in hospital while you are being treated and not years down the track so to answer your question you are never going to be deaf or blind unless you end up with another illness that could cause these things.

Im am very happy you survived un like so many thousand of other people who don’t and if they do there left with very serious illnesses including blindness, deafness, seizures, autism, cerebral palsy, loss of limbs, loss of Speech, inability to walk and in some cases even move.
The list goes on and on.
You should be very happy and proud of yourself that you are okay and thank you mum everyday because it was her the noticed the symptoms and got you the treatment that saved your life.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Betty asks…

What’s the difference between child with behavioural problems and child with autism?

Can someone explain

admin answers:

Ok. As the mother of a 19 year old with high functioning autism, here is my reply:

Autism is an actual neurological disorder. It has very specific symptoms that involve communication and social skills.It’s developmental. Sometimes you can tell from birth, but usually they meet their early milestones and seem like bright, healthy babies, but then they lose ground sometime before they are 3. Here’s how it came about in my son.

Birth to 2: almost 8 pounds, 21 inches, normal, met all of infant and many toddler milestones. Actually really outgoing and happy. Paid a lot of attention to people. If someone accomplished something, he would laugh and say, “You did it!” Hilarious, outgoing kid. My husband and I are both tall, so his physical growth was off the charts.

Age 2-3: Started withdrawing. No interest whatsoever in toilet training. Screamed and banged his head. Pediatrician just said I wasn’t disciplining him properly. Daycare talked to us about his “violent tendencies” and said they were “frightened he would hurt the baby” (I was pregnant with his sister). Constant calls from daycare. I read every toddler care and discipline book I can locate, and nothing really helps. Finally daycare calls CPS, who signs us up for “voluntary” parenting services with a goal of “helping D demonstrate positive feelings about himself, as his mother has failed to bond with him.”

Mother becomes hormonal basket case wondering if she is completely bat shit nutso and a terrible parent in spite of her efforts and deep love for her son.

3-6 Some things get better; school is still hard. At home, we let D explore his own ideas and have a lot of free reign, and he actually is able to discern that some things are ok at home that are not ok at school. He is a fabulous older brother, and imaginative, saying, “Kiki! Let’s be pirates!” Sister, for her part, loves to watch what he is doing with Legos, dinosaurs and the other things he is obsessed with. While his kindergarten teacher nearly pops an artery by the end of the year, his first grade teacher sees his brightness and potential.

Age 7 – the end of first grade. He has been seeing a child psychiatrist for 3 years and after miserably failed trials on different ADHD meds, he is diagnosed with high functioning autism. This changes everything and also helps everything.

Age 8-13 — up years and down years in school. Incidents include emotional outbursts, not doing his work, drawing all the time (he is now obsessed with his art work and comics) and while some teachers are concerned that other children are withdrawing from him, we manage to convince him, that being autistic, he doesn’t care that much. It’s not an attractive trait, but it is true. He still hugs us and loves others. He is reasonably successful in Boy Scouts and goes to one of the major scout camps called Many Points. No one feels ambivalent about D — they love him or they don’t like him at all.

Age 14-18 High school is hard and the principal is a douche. D’s behavior and interest in schoolwork are not great, but it’s not like he causes that many issues. He is in special education. The school never quite understands that D does not need help understanding the content areas of his school work. If he needs an aide in class, it’s to keep him on task. You might think that if he was just a little less “Lazy” or more self disciplined, that he wouldn’t need help with that either, as he is a bright boy. You would be wrong. He goes to a youth camp and pisses off his whole group by tipping their canoe. Yet, they give him some understanding. He’s a fairly typical teen, but he doesn’t date, go to activities, or work, or really have more than one friend — another autistic boy who is content to not socialize with him either.

His high school years are capped off with an art show/graduation party in which he shows over 100 works of digital art and dozens of ceramic and pewter sculpture projects. He is admitted to art school locally and still lives at home.

19 — his lack of interest in his hygiene and general lack of motivation will hold him back, but he would LOVE to move out of the house, so he is cooperating with Voc Rehab and learning to work, etc. He has actually had two paid “internships” in janitorial work and maintenance and his supervisors found his work and attention to detail impeccable, his personality pretty cool, and his hygiene to be desired. He has never dated. He hangs with his brother and sister and does not really have any pals of his own.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Donna asks…

can autism be detected before the symptoms start?

i have a project due friday on autism and this is one of the questions

admin answers:

No at this point. There are no genetic or biological tests doctors can use to detect autism. Even though it’s a neurological disorder, it is still diagnosed based on someone’s behavior and symptoms. Researchers are working on early intervention programs that detect subtle signs of autism early in infancy, however. Some symptoms, like abnormal eye contact, may be present at just one month of age.

In response to Jerry: The symptoms don’t “start” when a person is a few years old. For one thing, the symptoms must be apparent by the age of 3. And the symptoms are still present even if they are not interpreted as symptoms. When I was just a couple months old, my parents noticed that I didn’t make eye contact or follow their gaze, but they didn’t think it was anything to be concerned about. Symptoms in infants are very subtle and easily overlooked, which is why the diagnosis is typically made around age 3, once the symptoms are more obvious.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Mandy asks…

When can you diagnose autism in a baby?

And what are the signs and symptoms?

admin answers:

From these studies, five distinct areas of development are flagged for consideration. All parents should consider these “Big Five” if they suspect that their child may have autism.

1) Does the baby respond to his or her name when called by the caregiver? Within the first few months of life, babies respond to their own name by orienting toward the person who called them. Typical babies are very responsive to the voices of familiar people, and often respond with smiles and looks.

In contrast, infants later diagnosed with autism often fail to respond to their own name. That is, when called by name, they tend to turn and look at the person only about 20% of the time as found- in the videotaped one year-old birthday parties of children with autism. They also are often selectively responsive to sounds. They may ignore some sounds and respond to others that are of the same loudness. Thus, they may fail to respond to their parent calling their name, but immediately respond to the television being turned on. It is not unusual for parents to suspect their child has a hearing loss.

2) Does the young child engage in “joint attention”? Near the end of the first year of life, most infants begin to join with their caregivers in looking at the same object or event. To aid in this process of “joint attention”, typical infants begin to shift their gaze from toys to people, follow other’s points, monitor the gaze of others, point to objects or events to share interest, and show toys to others. These behaviors have a distinct sharing quality to them. For example, the young infant may point to an airplane flying over head, and look to the parent, as if to say, “do you see that!”

In contrast, young children with autism have particular difficulties in jointly attending with others. They rarely follow another’s points, do not often shift their gaze back and forth from objects to people, and do not seem to share “being with” the caregiver as they watch and talk about objects, people, or events. They also tend not to “show” a toy to the parent.

3) Does the child imitate others? Typical infants are mimics. Very young infants can imitate facial movements (e.g., sticking out their tongue). As early as 8-10 months, mothers and infants say the same sounds one after another, or clap or make other movements. Indeed, imitation is a major part of such common infant games as pat-a-cake and So Big (“How big is baby? Soooo big!” as infant raises hands to sky).

Young children with autism, however, less often imitate others. They show less imitation of body and facial movements (waving, making faces, playing infant games), and less imitation with objects.

4) Does the child respond emotionally to others? Typical infants are socially responsive to others. They smile when others smile at them, and they initiate smiles and laughs when playing with toys and others. When typical infants observe another child crying, they may cry themselves, or looked concerned. Somewhat older infants may crawl near the person, pat, or in other ways offer comfort. These latter behaviors are suggestive of empathy and are commonly observed among children in the second year of life.

In contrast, children with autism may seem unaware of the emotions of others. They may not take notice of the social smiles of others, and thus may not look and smile in response to other’s smiles. They also may ignore the distress of others. Several researchers have now shown that when an adult feigns pain and distress after hitting herself with a toy, or banging her knee, young children with autism are less likely to look at the adult, or show facial concern.

5) Does the baby engage in pretend play? Someone once noted that “play is the work of children.” Young children love to pretend-to be a mother, father, or baby, to be a firefighter or police officer. Although children start to play with toys around six months or so, play does not take on a pretend quality until the end of the first year. Their first actions may involve pretending to feed themselves, their mother or a doll, brush the doll’s hair, or wipe the doll’s nose. Nearer their second birthday, children engage in truly imaginative play as dolls may take on human qualities of talking or engaging in household routines. Children may pretend that a sponge is a piece of food, a block is a hat, or a plastic bowl is a swimming pool that contains water.

In contrast, the play of children with autism may be lacking in several ways. The young child may not be interested in objects at all, paying more attention to the movement of his hands, or a piece of string. If interested in toys, only certain ones may catch his interest, and these may be used in a repetitive way that is not consistent with how most children would play with the toy. They may be more interested in turning a toy car upside down and spinning the wheels than pushing the car back and forth. Overall, pretend qualities are nearly absent in the play of children with autism under 2 years of age.

It is important to note that in each of the 5 areas we have flagged, we are most concerned with behaviors that are absent or occur at very low rates. The absence of certain behaviors may be more difficult to pinpoint than the presence of atypical behaviors. But concerns in any of the above areas should prompt a parent to investigate screening their child for autism. Several screening measures are now available, and information from the screener will help to determine if the parent should pursue further evaluations. If the parent is convinced their child has autism, then they should seek an evaluation with an expert in autism. Most likely, this evaluation will involve an interview with the parents to obtain a complete developmental history of the child, and direct observations of the child in different situations.

Luckily, Timmy and his parents were able to get the diagnosis of autism before Timmy’s third birthday. They began intensive treatment with Timmy, and he made immediate progress. They are hoping for the best outcome, and feel confident that his early diagnosis was critical in getting him the help he needs to reach his potential.



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