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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?: Autism Symptoms In Adults Checklist

Nancy asks…

Help I think I got Aspergers syndrome?

Im 14 and I have a really hard time talking to people, Most of the time I just don’t talk to people because normally I try to say something and I end up making it weird by mixing my words around. I feel like I don’t think, as if I am brain dead. I have been homeschooled half my life and I am never really put into social situations and it really makes me very sad. I can’t even make smalltalk because I don’t know what to say…. I want friend’s but I feel different then them. Almost like everyone is popular and im the shy kid in the corner. I feel very depressed, Almost as if I have no thoughts ideas or imagination, I have thought over suicide and I used to cut myself but I stopped. Are these signs of aspergers or am I just depressed and really socially unskilled because or homeschooling…. Help? >:
Also I really don’t want to spend a lot of money for brain scans or whatever docters do to people. :/

admin answers:

There are plenty of symptom checklists out there, so I won’t cut and paste them for you. While most individuals with a personality disorder on the autism spectrum are diagnosed at an age younger than yourself, Asperger’s many times can go unnoticed until the individual becomes older and the necessary social interactions that go along with becoming an adult become manifest.

You don’t get brain scans (unless you want to, or are part of a study), the diagnosis is made through observation, interview with you, and with your parents (together and separately) to establish the veracity of claims, and certain patterns from childhood, and finally a battery of psychological tests, often a minimum of an IQ test (there will often be large discrepancies between VCI and PSI for instance), a personality test appropriate for age (adults often take the MMPI-2), a psych. History, etc. The depression Dx is more easily arrived at, and far more prevalent than a personality disorder, but pursue it if you believe it’s something you have. Look at the vignettes of people with the disorder and if you say to yourself “That’s me!” than you should definitely seek out a diagnostic test to rule it either in or out.

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Question?: Pdd Autism

Mary asks…

Does anyone know the cause of autism? How to prevent my soon to be born daughter from having autism?

I’m currently pregnant and wonder if there’s anything I have to do to prevent autism? Is it true that certain vaccines can cause autism? Thank you

admin answers:

There is no known single cause for autism, but it is generally accepted by the medical community that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in autistic versus non-autistic children. Researchers are investigating a number of theories, including the link between heredity, genetics and medical problems. While no one gene has been identified as causing autism, in many families there appears to be a pattern of autism or related disabilities, further supporting a genetic basis to the disorder. Researchers are searching for irregular segments of genetic code that autistic children may have inherited. It also appears that some children are born with a higher susceptibility to autism, but researchers have not yet identified a single “trigger” that causes autism to develop.

Researchers are also investigating the possibility that, under certain conditions, a cluster of unstable genes may interfere with brain development, resulting in autism. Still other researchers are investigating problems during pregnancy or delivery, as well as environmental factors such as viral infections, metabolic imbalances, and exposure to environmental chemicals.

Autism tends to occur more frequently than expected among individuals who have certain medical conditions, including Fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, congenital rubella syndrome, and untreated phenylketonuria (PKU). Some harmful substances ingested during pregnancy have also been associated with an increased risk of autism. Early in 2002, The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) prepared a review of hazardous chemical exposures and autism and found no compelling evidence for an association. However, there was very limited research and more needs to be done to rule out chemicals.

The question regarding a relationship between vaccines and autism continues to be debated. In 2001, an investigation by a committee of the Institute of Medicine concluded that the “evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship…. Between MMR vaccines and autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).” The committee however, acknowledged that “they could not rule out” the possibility that the MMR vaccine could contribute to ASD in a small number of children. While other researchers agree the data does not support a link between the MMR and autism, they also agree more research is clearly needed.

Whatever the cause, it is clear that children with autism and PDD are born with the disorder or born with the potential to develop it. Bad parenting does not cause it. It is not a mental illness. Children with autism are not unruly kids who choose not to behave. Furthermore, no known psychological factors in the development of a child have been shown to cause autism.

Http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WhatIsAutism

If you are a normal healthy individual do not worry about any thing and keep yourself cheerful and healthy. Do the physical exersises as adviced by your Doctors regularly and think positively. Wish you all the best.

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