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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Babies

Chris asks…

Will Autism Be With A person For Life Will it go away and they will be normal?

OK my little brother is 3 years old and he was diagnosed with autism. He cant speak in sentences and when we tell him to do something its like we are talking another Language. He can say words but most of the time he talks like he is still 1 year old and my baby sister is 1 year old and she is already saying words. When will my little brother actually start speaking in sentences and stop saying nonsense, o and my little cousin who is only 2 is already saying things in sentences and when you ask him to do something he listens.

admin answers:

Autism is for life (beware of those offering quack treatments/cures: do real research)

It is an essentially inherited condition, at core being about having a brain wired significantly differently from the statistically average.
This leads to differences in sensation, perception, and thought-processes, and the expression of that can vary immensely from one individual to another.

” like we are talking another Language.”
To a fair degree you may be. Finding out the best modes of communication and learning for each individual on the autistic spectrum is an important task.
You don’t help a Frenchman to learn English by shouting at him in English. It goes best if you have learned some French first.
Similarly with understanding the autistic perspective on the world while teaching the larger world to the person with autism.

“When will my little brother actually start speaking in sentences[?]”
We vary. There is no rule.
I know of one child who didn’t speak a word till seven, but her first “word” was a complex, perfectly-formed sentence.

I know another who can barely speak, but is incredibly fluent on the computer.
We tend to come with very spiky ability profiles: it can be a major mistake to judge us only by what we are poor at. Or good at.

We do learn, again, in varying degree, especially with the right forms of teaching and support.

Personally I don’t have “normal” as an objective, beyond basic life skills etc.
I can do “social” and “normal” very well, having learnt it the hard way like an academic subject rather than instinctively. It’s there when I want to be, or have to be, social.

But I can’t be bothered with being conventional purely for conformity’s sake.
Why should I be interested in, or join in with, much of what “most people” like, when I am not “most people”?

But then I’m old enough and verbal enough to express that.
Not all of us are.

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Question?: Angry Autistic Kids

Laura asks…

Does Baby Always Have Problems When Mother Does Drugs?

Have you ever known anyone who did drugs during their pregnancy. and what was the out come for the baby. I know the baby can have a lot of problems. but was wondering if this is always the case. is it possible for mother to do drugs, and baby turns out fine. just curious.

admin answers:

It is very possible for the baby to turn out fine, it actually happens a lot. I know many people that have done drugs during their pregnancy and their children are completely normal/healthy. I also know people that did drugs during their pregnancy and their babies are not completely normal/healthy. One of my friends (kind of a friend…more like family friend) did opiates, suboxone, and was prescribed subutex during her pregnancy with her son and he is now a few months away from turning three and only says four words. She refuses to get him checked for developmental problems and speech problems but I’m like 98% sure that he is autistic. He is very violent towards animals, gets very angry over little things and won’t give up on things like a normal kid would (i.e- he was playing with this model car that had two seats in the front with doors that opened and he was putting mighty beans into the seats but was getting VERY angry because only two mighty beans would fit….he spent like 15 minutes trying to fit more mighty beans into that car and would have continued to try if I hadn’t taken it away from him. The poor kid was clenching his fists and huffing and puffing over something that a normal kid his age wouldn’t have cared about after the first or second try!), he is also very smart and remembers EVERYTHING but won’t talk no matter how much you try and make him. If you are addicted to drugs, there are programs out there for pregnant women that will help you safely get off of them or they will put you on a maintenance medication like subutex or methadone. I’m talking more along the lines of opiates and pills and stuff. Meth and coke are a totally different story and you rarely hear about a baby coming out even close to healthy when the mother does either of those drugs during her pregnancy.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms Toddler Boys

Jenny asks…

odd toddler behavior?

my 18 month old girl, does something odd – she sits on the floor and puts her hands on the floor in front of her and rocks front to back. is this abnormal behavior, she is my first girl my other kids are boys and they never did this.

admin answers:

I studied early childhood development in college and sometimes you may see this behavior early on with children that have autism. BUT, don’t get worried right away since autism comes with a lot of other symptoms and behaviors.
As long as she is developing normal on the other milestones for her age (walking, trying to talk, etc…) I wouldn’t be worried about one thing.
Some babies also develop different ways of self soothing, a tiny step into their “independence”.
Keep watching her and take her to the pediatrician if it concerns you anymore.
Happy parenting and best wishes!

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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?: What Is Autism Caused By

Joseph asks…

Can a baby grow up with disorders if he keeps falling on his head?

this is the 4th time this month my 18 month old brother fell on his head because of my fathers negligence. Can this cause mental disorders in children when they get older? I question if this is why I have been labeled as having high functioning autism because cause my negligent father may have allowed me to get dropped on my head as a baby. I tend to blank out alot and it takes me longer get things done.

admin answers:

Why does he even do that? Seriously if he can’t take care of a child he shouldn’t even be around one. I don’t understand why you guys allow him to be around a 18 month old baby if he can’t take care of him properly.

Obviously if he keeps letting it happen damage can be caused to the babies brain and it can be fatal. You guys need to step up and keep an eye out on the baby. He can end up loosing the baby to CPS if something happens to the child because of his negligence.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Babies

Chris asks…

What are the first signs of Autism / Developmental Delay that you start to see when they are a baby?

admin answers:

I second everything that Robin wrote. My son was just like that too. He would even break down if someone cleared their throat. Today we use headphones for the auditory. After I taught him to read and write he was able to use a Dynavox which has brought much fewer meltdowns. He is 8 this year and he just pointed for the first time last month. We don’t do any kind of treatments or special diets. We just love and accept him for who he is. Give him patience to learn at his own pace and style even if it means coming up with 50 different ways to teach the same thing until you find one that clicks for him.

I once read a t-shirt that said “Autism isn’t a processing error, it’s a different operating system.” If you can remember that and learn the different system they run you can better understand how they experience the world. My feeling is that autism isn’t a tragedy but an adventure. Simply by experiencing the world differently an autistic person has greater potential to become an innovator. The intense focus that some see as obsessiveness I see as beneficial for reaching a level of expertise in a chosen field. After all a jack of all trades is usually a master of none.

If your child is autistic figure out their triggers and motivators first and the rest will fall into place. Stay positive and best of luck to you.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Chris asks…

Why is there controversy over the Combating Autism Act? What does it involve?

Autism is not a mental illness, but a neuro-biological disorder. But I’m not sure what category would be best for this question. I hope placing it here in the mental health section does not offend anyone. If it does, I’d like to apologize.

Ok, what exactly is the Combating Autism Act, and why are many parents of Autustic children, and many Autistic adults against it? Will this act find ways to prevent children with this syndrome from being born, or will it simply spread awareness about Autism, and provide treatment so that Autistics can function with more ease in society?

Would this also apply to people with Aspergers? Also, what will this mean for adults who have gone undiagnosed for years, only to find out at 20, 30, and older they have an autistic spectrum disorder? Will they be ostracized even more if Autism is eventually gotten rid of in the future? I’m confused and interested in hearing both sides. Thanks.

admin answers:

The Combating Autism Act is all about diverting funds to research a way to detect autism while the child is in the womb. There already is such a test for cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, and Down Syndrome. I cannot speak for CF or for SB, but I can for the DS. This sounds great, I know! I thought it was at first. My 5 yr old is autistic, and I would have loved to have known in advance that he had it, to have time to prepare, to research, to be more understanding from the start. What I learned though is that after this test for Downs was approved and in place, fewer babies were born with Downs, because the parents chose to abort the babies. A lot of us are seriously against the act because as parents of children with autism, we KNOW that even though our children have serious challenges and life isn’t always fun, our kids are so wonderful! They have moments that just blow you away, and can be so full of love. But, I can guarantee you that parents will not be told this when they test positive, and how unfair is that to abort a child with only hearing the scary, unknown possibilities? I took that stupid test for downs with my youngest child, and it came up positive, although I don’t remember the ‘chance’ they gave, but it was a high chance. I refused to take the amnio, because that can cause miscarriage and babies have been damaged from this. The specialist did everything he could to talk me into aborting my child, because of ‘how difficult it can be to raise a special needs baby’. If I wasn’t strong on my stance I probably would have aborted. How sad is that? My child didn’t have Downs! I found out that that test is not very accurate at all, that there is a high percentage of false positives. So, how many little lives were lost because of one-sided information and fear? It’s our fear that the same exact thing will happen with autism. Thing is, Autism Speaks, one of the biggest fundraisers for autism research, supports the combating autism act, so I don’t support them or any of the other high profile companies. If they would instead focus on testing these children AT BIRTH to determine if they had it, I would give them every dollar I have. But, I cannot and will not support a cause that ‘could’ basically cause a whole ‘type’ of people to be erased from the planet. Here’s a link for you to look at, it’s the one that started opening my eyes.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9yFsQm2Bp4

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Question?: Autism Signs In Infants

Ken asks…

Around what age is autism typically diagnosed?

Can it really be recognized in infants? If so, does the margin for misdiagnosis go up significantly in children so young? Will an autistic child always show signs so early or is it easy to miss until they are well into toddlerhood?
Alexandra – I’m just curious, I’m not concerned about Ari or anything…she *did* make me think of it because she has been engaging in some obsessive behavior lately…she’ll discover something new and do it over and over and over again, but I’m pretty sure that’s normal. It just made me wonder how you determine what’s “normal” and what isn’t when it comes to really young children/babies…their behavior is so all over the place, it just seems to me that it would be nearly impossible to diagnosis behavior abnormalities in children her age and younger.

admin answers:

I have a friend who’s son is the same age as mine (18 months). She’s mentioned in the past her fear that her son has ADHD or Autism. Her son’s first Aunt has autism, not sure what spectrum but she functions at the level of a baby, literally, and she’s a grown woman. She doesn’t talk and can’t be left alone and must be fully cared for.

Me, trying to be a comforting and good friend instantly dismissed her fears and worries. Told her these things could be normal, he’s fine, don’t worry, some kids are just different. And I honestly believed so at the time. I thought she was being a worried mom and I personally never noticed anything especially off about her son. Until I got to spend more and more time with her son and she pointed things out to me and I looked up some info. He does thinks like when he’s excited he makes this strange noise and flaps his arms and slaps his own face over and over and over. He’s delayed verbally and I felt it could be normal and he was just taking his time. All kids develop differently. But the few words he does know he only mimics the words, he does not actually seem to know what they mean, he just says them to say them or when she asks him to. I often feel terrible for her because her child is the most difficult child I’ve ever seen, and she does such a good job at keeping her cool. He has zero attention span and is always on the go, running here and there and then he throws a tantrum when she tries to settle him. But he does not move or be active with a purpose, he just runs around for the sake of moving. And he is always throwing a fit about something but never seems to have the ability to tell her and does not even try to gesture or point or anything. I’ve never in my life seen a child that threw more fits and especially over nothing than her son. I feel really bad for her sometimes and often feel like she should get a reward for how well she copes.

Anyway, I have started to see what she’s talking about when she said she’s worried. And am feeling bad for being so dismissive of her worries when she brought them up to me. And now I don’t know how to tell her I think she has a reason to worry and if he were my son I’ve have him evaluated or keep a close eye on him. I don’t know how to bring it back up, or say “maybe you were right and need to have him checked”. I mean how does one do that to a friend, and worry her even more?

My son does some things and I just think “oh, how very odd and strange”. He even does a few things that would be on the “signs for autism”. Like he sorts and stacks things and loves having things in their proper place and he is very particular and will focus on one thing for quite some time. The other day we were at the park with my friend and her son… There her son was running around like a madman and my son was in the same place for nearly 45 minutes sorting bark in the outdoor play kitchen on the playground. I thought “how strange, he’s on a playground with so many things to climb on and here he stands sorting bark and rocks, how odd”. But that’s the only “sign” he shows and I do not feel he has Autism or feel I have any reason to worry. He’s social, friendly, has age appropriate development and skills and seems to be a normal child to me.

As mothers we worry and are always on the look out for “what ifs”. But we also need to go with what our gut tells us! My gut tells me my son is fine and perfectly healthy. If my gut was telling me “something is very wrong”, I would have him evaluated or at least bring it up to the ped.

As far as an age, I’ve heard of kids not being diagnosed till they were already as old as teens. But the youngest kid I’ve ever heard of being diagnosed was 20 months. But he was extremely delayed and showed all the obvious signs, he even walked on his tip toes. So I feel for some kids it is possible to diagnose it early on, but others may not show any real signs until much later.

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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.
Http://www.thinktwice.com/
http://www.nvic.org/state-site/state-exemptions.htm
http://www.vaclib.org/index.htm
http://www.mercola.com/article/vaccines/neurological_damage.htm
http://www.informedchoice.info/cocktail.html
http://www.vaccines.bizland.com/links.htm
http://www.laleva.org/eng/2006/03/dont_vaccinate_before_you_educate.html
http://operator11.com/shows/4166/episodes/21311

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Chris asks…

Would you be more inclined to go to a salon or something if?

they offered a play area for babies/toddlers
Just wondering? I would, Usually I can sneak away to get my nails, hair, whatever done while my husband is home with her, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out b/c of our work hours.
I was thinking it’d be nice if someone would open a salon that had a kiddie corner of some sort so you could relax & get what you need done even with your kids around =)

October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month! Care today-Cure Tomorrow!

admin answers:

We had a full service salon around here that used have a kids area. It was in an enclosed room with a large window looking into the salon so the kids could see their parents. There was an employee who oversaw the kids to make sure they didn’t get out of control or stray away. They had to charge a bit more because of insurance and the extra employees so the cheaper franchised businesses put them out of business. It was actually a great idea and would probably have done really well in a larger town.

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