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Question?: What Is Autism Video

Joseph asks…

Things you can give a Clinical Psychologist for Autism?

In regards to give a little more information to a clinical psychologist in regards to observation. Of course the main importance is them coming to observe the child for Autism, but can sending them videos of what you’ve recorded also work on top of the observation? Cause I want him to have every aspect of my son as possible. Good idea? Bad idea?

admin answers:

It could not hurt sending them a video of what happens at home. A clinician is with a child a short period of time during a day, week, or month.

Sometimes seeing is believing. You may also want to write a journal.

-What time of the day you see a concern?
-How long does it last for?
-Is the child tired, hungry, wet, upset, and other things that might be following a behavioral change.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Research

John asks…

What are the chances of my children having autism?

If my wife and her sister are autistic (the rest of the family is fine) , what are the chances that our children will be autistic? Is it true that autistic people often have normal children?

admin answers:

Do they actually have a diagnosis of autism, if so have genetics been ruled out. Old school (remember there is a great deal of on-going research) with a history of autism in the family there was an 10% increased risk.

If there is a genetic condition that results in a diagnosis of autism or if it results in the individual having numerous characteristics of autism the odds could change drastically. A visit to a genetic counselor might not be a bad idea – rule out conditions such as Angelman, Fragile X or Rett Syndrome.

If there are female relatives with a history of early menopause, or older relatives with a history of Parkinson Disease or balance/gait problems with dementia I’d make Fragile X a priority to rule out (these are conditions more prevalent in the fragile X carrier population.) Females with Fragile X (carrier or full-mutation) have a 50/50 chance of passing it on with each pregnancy.

Anyone can have “normal” children and keep in mind we might all define “normal” differently.

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