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Question?: Rett Syndrome Research

Ruth asks…

What is difference betweeen these types of autism….?

Core autism and atypical autism
if you have used resources please state its for case study.

admin answers:

A simple Google will find many sources on the web. In this way you will be able to find what you want and what fits your research. In the mean time here are a few of the many types of autism.
Autistic disorder. This is what most people think of when they hear the word “autism.” It refers to problems with social interactions, communication and imaginative play in children younger than 3 years.
Asperger’s syndrome. These children don’t have a problem with language — in fact, they tend to score in the average or above-average range on intelligence tests. But they have the same social problems and limited scope of interests as children with autistic disorder.
Pervasive developmental disorder or PDD — also known as atypical autism. This is a kind of catchall category for children who have some autistic problems but who don’t fit into other categories.
Rett’s disorder. Known to occur only in girls, Rett’s children begin to develop normally. Then they begin to lose their communication and social skills. Beginning at the age of 1 to 4 years, repetitive hand movements replace purposeful use of the hands.
Childhood disintegrative disorder. These children develop normally for at least two years, and then lose some or most of their communication and social skills.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Susan asks…

Autism and 2nd set of vaccines?

I found out something interesting about my brother who has autism. I was going through some paperwork his teachers filled out about him and when he was 7 the teacher reported that he was developing normally as a 7 year old. Then next years I noticed that all the comments detail him regressing. I remembered that he got his 2nd set of vaccines that’s in the controversy at age 7. I wanted to know what others think about this? The second set might have stumped his development just like the the first set?
Hmmm….charalatans? The government can lie….and who funds scientific research?
It’s easy to say that vacines aren’t linked to autism when you don’t personally have the burden of taking care of an autistic person yourself like I have. You only see the facts but when it’s in your face 24/7 you start to think. When you know your family members better than a scientist or doctor you know your true answers and you don’t need a professional to tell you what’s wrong because you’re just a statistic. They just don’t know autism.
At the alarming rate I think this country is going to get wiped out because autism kids turn into autistic adults. If you’re lucky your child will high functioning but if you’re not then…..that is it. I think you can figure out what happens, someone has to take of them. Or they become homeless….I don’t know maybe the government will do something?

admin answers:

It is possible for vaccines to cause neurological damage at any age.

Edit: Science funding can be very political. Http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/01/naked-intimidation-the-wakefield-inquisition-is-only-the-tip-of-the-autism-censorship-iceberg.html#more

LOL, “Weise Ente.” Wakefield published a “case study”–look it up — of 12 autistic kids, whose parents took them to him to look at their gastrointestinal problems, because he is a gastroenterologist. The parents happened to mention to him that the problems started after the MMR. Wakefield wasn’t even sure if he should mention in the case study that the parents told him that, but decided to, since the more information, the better. And, as a parent, I know that parental observations are very valuable in health care. So how exactly do you try to replicate that case study? That isn’t the type of study that can be replicated. Case studies by their nature are a call to further research, not the same research, lol. He made no conclustions regarding the MMR in the paper. Anyone can verify that for themselves. The paper wasn’t very long.

“BACKGROUND: We investigated a consecutive series of children with chronic enterocolitis and regressive developmental disorder. METHODS: 12 children (mean age 6 years [range 3-10], 11 boys) were referred to a paediatric gastroenterology unit with a history of normal development followed by loss of acquired skills, including language, together with diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Children underwent gastroenterological, neurological, and developmental assessment and review of developmental records. Ileocolonoscopy and biopsy sampling, magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and lumbar puncture were done under sedation. Barium follow-through radiography was done where possible. Biochemical, haematological, and immunological profiles were examined. FINDINGS: Onset of behavioural symptoms was associated, by the parents, with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in eight of the 12 children, with measles infection in one child, and otitis media in another. All 12 children had intestinal abnormalities, ranging from lymphoid nodular hyperplasia to aphthoid ulceration. Histology showed patchy chronic inflammation in the colon in 11 children and reactive ileal lymphoid hyperplasia in seven, but no granulomas. Behavioural disorders included autism (nine), disintegrative psychosis (one), and possible postviral or vaccinal encephalitis (two). There were no focal neurological abnormalities and MRI and EEG tests were normal. Abnormal laboratory results were significantly raised urinary methylmalonic acid compared with age-matched controls (p=0.003), low haemoglobin in four children, and a low serum IgA in four children. INTERPRETATION: We identified associated gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in a group of previously normal children, which was generally associated in time with possible environmental triggers.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9500320

After what happened to Wakefield — he was driven out of his own country! — what scientist, with the average amount of courage, who has a career to keep and a family to feed, would dare do a study that shows MMR is a problem? They have made an example of him, that is for sure.

You are right, Wakefield *is* a good example of how science works in controversial, highly political areas of study.

“photoart,” in response to your additional details, it is very sad to think about, but the government is going to warehouse the coming surge of low functioning autistic adults in institutions and keep them drugged up. There just won’t be the money or manpower to do it any other way. I know this is the nightmare of parents everywhere–what is going to happen to their autistic children when they can no longer care for them?

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Question?: Schizophrenia Causes

Susan asks…

what are the cognitive views of what causes schizophrenia?

I have an assignment at my university dealing with a case study, i chose the one who had schizophrenia and the question asked for the cognitive theories to what caused the dysfunction. I would like to know the cognitive factors. Thanks in advance.

admin answers:

Schizophrenia has many causes. Could be genetics… An experience in childhood.. The best way to get true life facts on this disorder would be to start at your university library. I studied bits of it in my psychology course in college but that doesn’t mean I have enough answers for you. This disorder is one that is so interesting though in that you can find so many medical books and studies to help you with this exact question. Good luck to you.. Also I have to add and I’m sure your learning this at your university… Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Much luck and well wishes.

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Should An Autism Teacher Show Students How To Lie?

An autism teacher has a truly awesome job, one not to be taken lightly. Autistic children need a tremendous amount of attention and instruction — not necessarily just in the basics like reading, writing and arithmetic, as those are skills that all students at all levels need to know, but in other skills that you may not find specifically written down in the curriculum — social interactions.

You need to understand that autistic children, for the most part, are not stupid or even dumb. In fact, many studies and tests have concluded and come to realize that autistic children are generally some of the smartest children in the school, at least from an academic standpoint. Many of them will learn quickly if the autism teacher has employed the right kind of teaching aids and approaches that are required when teaching children with autism.

But where these types of students need the most help is with social interactions. For whatever reason, their social skills are severely impeded and they need instruction and repetitive teaching to help them understand how to act, behave and react in today’s society. One of the ways these types of students seem to learn best with the most retention is by example, and not to anyone’s surprise, the typical example they examine and view as a role model is their autism teacher, which puts an additional load of responsibility on that teacher.

You may think that these students only learn in the classroom but that is far from the truth. Yes they learn in the classroom but they also learn a great deal outside the classroom, and since they usually live in the some city or general area, they will frequently see their autism teacher out and about, and will continue to see them as an example or role model to be following and imitating.

While most autism teachers take their responsibility seriously and recognize this fact, there are some, as shown clearly in this case study, who should not be teaching autism because their life outside of the classroom is NOT something that should be viewed by anyone as an example or a role model. As an analogy, how much respect would you have for a priest who is seen most evenings very drunk in a local bar? Would you be inclined to become a member of that church in that case?

Children are incredibly perceptive, particularly autistic children, and they see, observe, internalize and contemplate much more than we usually give them credit for. When they observe their autism teacher lying to another teacher, or continually complaining to others about the behavior or actions of another teacher, what is that telling them? It tells them that such behavior is fine and acceptable. When the students see their autism teacher being “flirty” with virtually anyone who comes into the classroom or even outside the classroom, those actions are teaching the student that such things are acceptable and should be done as a part of everyday life. What message is being given to that autistic student when they observe their teacher locked in a passionate embrace in the school library with someone else that they recognize is not the spouse of their teacher?

Perhaps there are some non-teaching professions where the Jekyll/Hyde nature of a person does not impact other people, but for an autism teacher, such behavior should be considered unacceptable, as those observations from the autistic student are sending conflicting messages to that child, only serving to further confuse them as to what is right and acceptable in today’s society.

How much do you really know about your child’s autism teacher? Perhaps they appear to do a good job in the classroom, but as this case study demonstrates, appearances can be as deceiving as this type of autism teacher. Are they a totally different person outside the classroom? And if so, how long do you think that somebody leading such a “double standards life” can be successful at keeping those lives separate and distinct, while their life as a role model is sending entirely the wrong message to any students who observe them?

If you have not gotten to know your child’s autism teacher, there may be a huge something that you are missing, and actually discover that this is not the type of person that you want to be seen as a role model for your autistic son or daughter. To read the entire case study and to get more insights about autism in children, please visit our web site at http://www.autism-explained.com/selecting-the-right-autism-teacher-for-your-child/

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