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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Jenny asks…

3 month old Autism advice?

Hello,

My 3 month old daughter is unfortunately showing the signs of Autism. Our Pedi is asking us to wait 2 more weeks to see if she starts to make better eye contact and starts to smile but in my gut, sadly, I feel like this will be the diagnosis. We have already called a specialist who wont be able to see us until August.

My question to the group, is there any advice in terms of treatment or exercises I can do with the baby to help her along? I feel helpless and want to do anything I can to help my little girl.

Thank you in advance for your replies
I truly appreciate the posts so far. 2 follow ups 1. We had her eyes checked last week and she passed with flying colors. 2. According to several websites early signs of Autism can be detected in 3 months http://www.parents.com/baby/health/autism/autism-month-by-month-guide/

Thank you all again!

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I am by no means totally educated on the fact, but I am fairly certain that autism is not something that is diagnosed in infants. It becomes apparent in toddler hood and a lengthy observation period follows before a true diagnosis of autism. If your baby is unresponsive to stimuli and not smiling, there could be literally hundreds of other reasons. Your baby is only 3 months old, I would not stress out until you know a bit more information. But please try and relax in the knowledge that autism is not apparent in a 3 month old baby.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Mary asks…

does autism in the family?

I am adopting a child who’s mother is mentally retarded, she also has another kid who has autism. What are the chances of this baby having autism or anything else. What are signs of it?

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Yes, autism does run in families. The current thinking is that a sibling has a greater chance of developing autism with a close relative with the disorder, but there may be contributing environmental factors. Some of these factors might be exposure to high levels of mercury, digestive problems such as enzyme deficiencies, perhaps a virus, etc. There are some things you can do to lessen the odds of your baby developing full-blown autism, and I’d be happy to list a few.

1. Consider a delayed schedule for routine immunizations. There is some evidence that children at risk for autism may not be able to process the mercury present in vaccinations very well, which may affect the brain development.

2. Try a gfcf diet for a few weeks if you have a toddler, and see if his general behavior becomes more social and healthy. This is especially important if the child has frequent diarrhea. This is a sign that he is not digesting his food properly, which can seriously impact his development and behavior! There is a lot of info on the gfcf diet online for you. For an infant, consider soy formula, which is slightly less allergenic to these kids than dairy.

3. Stay away from large amounts of artificial and dyed foods. Autistic kids tend to be very sensitive to red dyes in particular.

4. Be aware of early signs of autism at around 12-15 months, such as the child not communicating through grunts or gestures, not pointing at things he wants you to see, and having a lot of trouble winding down at night or when stressed out. Feel free to email me if you need more help at that point, or have any questions.

5. Autism is four times more common in boys than girls. There is no real probability out there for siblings, but I’ve heard 1/32, 1/20, etc. I’d say that many siblings would be “sensitive” to developing autism, but for some reason, not all of them do.

I am the wife of a man with Asperger’s syndrome, (a form of high functioning autism) and the mother of three kids, one of whom has moderate-severe autism. We caught it early and he is making huge amounts of progress with proper treatment, so early intervention is key. Explore the use of digestive enzymes, which are a food product and are very safe, and don’t be afraid to ask other moms with autistic children for advice. Oftentimes, they know a little bit more than the doctors do when it comes to play therapy of nutritional supplements that can be helpful. Try the autism research institute and Dr. Bernard Rimland for a balanced perspective on the disorder.

Feel free to email me for more info.

Sunriseblessings@yahoo.com

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Linda asks…

How do I gently suggest autism evaluation to a friend?

Over the past few months, a friend has been talking to me about her 3 year old son’s behavior and developmental issues. As the mother of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I can see several symptoms that could be the early signs of autism in her son. The refusal to look into anyone’s eyes. The ritualistic behavior. “Meltdowns” when his routine is messed up. Extremely violent temper tantrums. Very little original verbalization, but he mimicks others. She says the boy’s preschool teacher told her there’s “nothing wrong with him”, and I’m by no means an expert, but I know the signs and symptoms after going through it with my son. I’m worried that she’s taking this teacher’s word as gospel, which could mean her son is missing out on getting help for an entire school year.

How do I tactfully (and without panicking her) that she may want to have him evaluated for autism? If I just suggest she take him to the dr, she’s going to want to know what I’m thinking it could be.

admin answers:

Your task is an arduous one. First, she is your friend. Second, you have an autistic child, so you have more experience than most mothers. Third, tell her of your concern that her son is exhibiting some similar patterns that you saw in your child before diagnosis. Fourth, tell her that you have more personal experience with autism than the teacher who has had little experience with autistic children (unless the teacher is a special ed teacher for autistic children). Fifth, explain that earlier diagnosis and treatment of autism may have a much better outcome than delayed diagnosis. Sixth, tell her you understand that she may be angry with your intrusion into her child’s life. Seventh,
give her articles on autism, and on the national organizations available. Much information from reliable sources are on the computer (let her use yours if necessary).

If she realizes you are a TRUE friend who is concerned for the well-being of her child, your friendship will be made stronger. If her child is not autistic, after a pediatric visit, etc, then you can rejoice with her. If you are right, you can comfort her, having been there earlier.

Reiterate that you are only a mother of an autistic child, not a doctor, and suggest she ask her pediatrician about what behaviors he is displaying. You could give her a list of the behaviors you see so she can take them to her pediatrician.

You are right on to help your friend, and if she is wise, she will thank you for taking the time to care about her son.

If she stops being your friend, then she wasn’t one to begin with, and we cant save the world, can we????

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Autism In The News, 2012, Week 28

Futurity.org – Rare mutations sharply spike autism risk

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Five rare mutations in a single gene appear to significantly increase the chances that a boy will develop an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), new research shows.

Futurity.org – Study: Immune system has role in autism

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“We have long suspected that the immune system plays a role in the development of autism spectrum disorder,” says Paul Patterson, a professor of biological sciences at Caltech, who led the work. “In our studies of a mouse

Autism Mother Sues Autism Speaks For Disability Discrimination – Care2.com (blog)

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The mother of a teenage autistic son is suing the organization Autism Speaks for alleging rescinding a job offer after she asked if workplace accommodations might be possible due to her child’s needs.

That is, an organization that says it champions the needs of autistic individuals and their families is being sued for failing to accommodate the needs of a mother and of her autistic child.

Autism signs appear in baby’s brains as early as 6 months – Vitals

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The early signs of autism are visible in the brains of 6-month-old infants, a new study finds, suggesting that future treatments could be given at this time, to lessen the impact of the disorder on children.
Researchers looked at how the brain develops in early life, and found that tracts of white matter that connect different regions of the brain didn’t form as quickly in children who later developed autism, compared with kids who didn’t develop the disorder.Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/autism-mother-sues-autism-speaks-for-disability-discrimination.html#ixzz21H2BmAXf Tagged as: Autism

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Detecting The Early Signs Of Autism In Infant Brains

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A new study shows significant differences in brain development in high-risk infants who develop autism starting as early as age 6 months. The findings published in the American Journal of Psychiatry reveal that this abnormal brain development may be detected before the appearance of autism symptoms in an infant’s first year of life. Autism is typically diagnosed around the age of 2 or 3.

The study offers new clues for early diagnosis, which is key, as research suggests that the symptoms of autism – problems with communication, social interaction and behavior – can improve with early intervention. “For the first time, we have an encouraging finding that enables the possibility of developing autism risk biomarkers prior to the appearance of symptoms, and in advance of our current ability to diagnose autism,” says co-investigator Dr. Alan Evans at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – the Neuro, McGill University, which is the Data Coordinating Centre for the study.

“Infancy is a time when the brain is being organized and connections are developing rapidly,” says Dr. Evans. “Our international research team was able to detect differences in the wiring by six months of age in those children who went on to develop autism. The difference between high-risk infants that developed autism and those that did not was specifically in white matter tract development – fibre pathways that connect brain regions.” The study followed 92 infants from 6 months to age 2. All were considered at high-risk for autism, as they had older siblings with the developmental disorder. Each infant had a special type of MRI scan, known as diffusion tensor imaging, at 6 months and a behavioral assessment at 24 months. The majority also had additional scans at either or both 12 and 24 months.

At 24 months, 30% of infants in the study were diagnosed with autism. White matter tract development for 12 of the 15 tracts examined differed significantly between the infants that developed autism and those who did not. Researchers evaluated fractional anisotropy (FA), a measure of white matter organization based on the movement of water through tissue. Differences in FA values were greatest at 6 and 24 months. Early in the study, infants who developed autism showed elevated FA values along these tracts, which decreased over time, so that by 24 months autistic infants had lower FA values than infants without autism.

The study characterizes the dynamic age-related brain and behavior changes underlying autism – vital for developing tools to aid autistic children and their families. This is the latest finding from the on-going Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and brings together the expertise of a network of researchers from institutes across North America. The IBIS study is headquartered at the University of North Carolina, and The Neuro is the Data Coordinating Centre where all IBIS data is centralized.

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Knowledge About Early Signs of Autism

Whether you’re new parents that have just had their first child or you have recently added one more sibling to the family group, at some point in time, being concerned about Autism may have crossed your mind. Roughly one out of every 150 infants that are born today is autistic, so it is imperative that the disorder be detected early in order to treat it properly. If you are unfamiliar with the disorder, it is important to educate yourself about it and learn about the early signs of Autism.

First and foremost, Autism is a neural development disorder that is characterized by the impairment of communication, language skills, and social interaction as well as repetitive or restricted behavior patterns. In most cases, these different characteristics appear by the time the child has reached three years of age. Autism affects how the brain processes information by altering the way that the nerve cells connect with and organize the synapses.

It is one of three different types of Autism disorders found on what is referred to as the Autism spectrum. The other two are Asperger’s Syndrome where cognitive development and language skills are lacking and PDD-NOS or Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified. This disorder is usually diagnosed should the criteria involved in the diagnosis for either Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome not be met.

What to look for

What you want to remember above everything else when you are concerned about the possibility of your infant being autistic is that recognizing the early signs of Autism may be the difference between diagnosing the disorder properly and missing it completely. The earlier the disorder is diagnosed, the sooner you can start treatment and increase your chances of having a better outcome for both you and your child.

Early detection of Autism is critical so the sooner you educate yourself about the warning signs, the better. Here are some basic suggestions for recognizing the early signs of the disorder based on what the child should have accomplished by a certain time in their early development:

o By the time your child is 6 months old, they should be smiling whenever they are delighted or feel joy for one reason or another.

o Mimicking facial expressions, vocal intonations, and words should be evident by the time your child is 10 months old.

o Once the child has reached two years of age, they should be talking and should have at least several words in their ever-growing vocabulary.

Remember that the child may only exhibit one of the early signs of Autism. Even if all the symptoms are not being exhibited, your child may still be diagnosed as autistic. One way or the other, you should take your child to their pediatrician to determine if further testing for the disorder may be necessary. Diagnosing the disorder as early as possible in the child’s development is critical and could mean treating it sooner that you can prevent complications and avoid more additional negative consequences.

For the latest videos and training information on child development as well as books and curricula on Autism please visit childdevelopmentmedia.com.

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Identifying Early Signs of Autism

Autism symptoms are considered to begin to present themselves at the age of six months. This does not mean that it is not present before this. Autism is a developmental disorder that children are born with. It affects the development and growth of the brain. Unfortunately, it really isn’t noticed until around six months of age because this is when the signs are most noticeable. At this age a child should begin to interact more outward to his/her environment. He will begin to smile and react to stimuli in around the area. A lack of this interaction is one of the first early signs of autism.

By the age of nine months a child should begin to proactively interact with his/her parents. He/she will babble at them, point at things, and return their smiles. The lack of this interaction with the parents is another early sign of autism. At one year of age a child should be crawling, pulling himself up on things and working towards walking unheeded if he/she is not already. The child should be saying a word or two and be able to somewhat communicate with his/her parents about what they want or need.

Definitive signs of autism will have set in by two to three years of age. This means by the age of one, if autism is the cause of your child’s developmental delays you will be noticing a great difference in his/her emotional and cognitive patterns. The young child may appear not affectionate, slow, and inattentive. He/she can seem stubborn and willful; mostly this is caused because of their need to stick to a strict schedule, one that they feel comfortable with. By the time your child reaches the age of one, you will probably already be fully aware of his/her developmental disorder. In fact, a doctor should already have been consulted and a treatment method discussed.

Your child’s pediatrician will ask specific questions about his/her development at the regular checkups throughout their infancy and toddler years. The doctor will be able to detect early signs of autism and let you know what you should be aware of. Treatment should not be thought of as a cure. A child, who has autism or any of the disorders falling in that spectrum, is faced with dealing with them for a lifetime. Treatment is focused on developing within the child the necessary skills he/she will need to live a comfortable life, at least as normal as possible. Depending on the severity of the child’s symptoms he/she may or may not need supervision and care for the rest of their life. This is something your doctor will discuss with you as well. The sooner you set up a plan of action the easier it will be to fall into that routine for everyone.

Just because your child is developing at a slower rate than his/her peers does not necessarily mean he/she has autism. Be aware of the early signs of autism if your child’s development is a concern for you. But don’t overstress yourself about it. Simply keep an eye on how your son/daughter is developing and consult with his/her pediatrician if any concerns arise.

For the latest videos and training information on child development as well as books and curricula on Autism please visit childdevelopmentmedia.com.

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Can I Recognize Signs of Autism in Infants?

Early signs of autism can be detected in children under the age of 24 months, however this early it is an inexact science. Children develop at different rates. Of course, all children should still basically fall in and around the developmental milestones set up by specialists in child development. A child’s pediatrician will ask you standard questions at each checkup regarding your child’s development.

If he/she notices something that may be off, further tests and research may be needed. Also, if you notice what you think may be early signs of autism in your child, vis. no eye contact or smiles or reactions to stimuli around six months of age, no reciprocated feelings of happiness expressed towards you at nine months of age, the lack of babbling and interest in their surroundings by one year, slow communication development, if any of these signs persist well past the gray area of the developmental milestone, be sure to consult with your pediatrician.

While, a doctor is remit to diagnose any disorder within the autism spectrum before two years of age, if it is a possibility, then treatment of a sort can begin. Early recognition of developmental difficulties will make it much easier to help your child manage them as he/she grows older. Even if it isn’t autism, activities involving social interaction, activities geared towards helping a child become familiar with their environment and to take active interest in it, and the setting of a basic schedule so as to give the child some structure and safety net in their life, will help with developmental delays. If detected during infancy this also gives the parent a good amount of time to come to terms with the changes their life is going to go through.

The biggest factor in dealing with Autism is patience. Children with developmental disorders need to feel the nurture and compassion from their caregivers as early on as infancy. They may not respond in ways that you feel are normal, but a loving patient attitude from the parent, caregivers, etc. will help the child to feel safe and confident in their world. This is a great ease on their mind and will actually help them to learn, grow, and develop. Fear is one of the biggest adversaries of personal growth-physical, mental, and emotional. It is the responsibility of the adults in any child’s life to alleviate this debilitating emotion.

Remember, just because your child is experiencing some developmental delays does not mean that the final prognosis is Autism, or any other developmental disorder. Children develop at different rates, it can’t be stressed enough. Some even learn to walk skipping the crawling milestone completely. And as long as your child is effectively communicating with you even if not in full sentences when he/she is supposed to, does not mean the child has a disorder.

Don’t be afraid to talk this over with your child’s pediatrician though. Any worries or fears should be discussed because it is the primary physician that will best be able to alleviate your fears. This in turn will help you to give your child a more stable, comfortable environment, whether or not the child has autism.

For the latest videos and training information on child development as well as books and curricula on Autism please visit childdevelopmentmedia.com.

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How to Determine Autism

When the problem comes in the form of difficulty in communication and interaction with others although the child who develops autism develops this even till their adulthood more emphasis is given to boys because they are likely to have autism than girls.

Autism is an ubiquitous disorder. The rate of incidence of autism is increasing 10-17% per year in the U.S. The classical type of autism are: classic autism, asperger syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome. The causes of autism are given to the genetic origin, although social factors and surrounding environment appears to play a major role in developing autistic behavior in children.

Some symptoms of autism in child may include the following: like to stay/play alone, frequent behavioral out bursts, does not like to have eye-to-eye contact self-inflicting tendency, exaggerated movements, may seem unresponsiveness to others. The way an autistic child behaves depends on his surroundings as well. A precise diagnose of autism is hard to give. Early signs of autism may include decrease in activity level, abnormal pattern of speech, sleeplessness.

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The child with autism may show little intellectual level than children of his age. The signs of autism are the following: withdrawn difficulty in social interaction, exaggerated behavior and movements, flat facial expression, voice and language disability, self-inflicting tendency, aggressive behavior, sleeplessness. No drugs are available to treat autism. Autism and asperger syndrome are similar as language and behavior skills. People with asperger syndrome have a normal intellectual level and may also exhibit exceptional skills as well. They do not have learning disabilities, but they have difficulty in social interaction, perceiving facial expressions.

Even children with autism present disabilities in their behavior they are treated like everybody.

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Sign Of Autism In Toddler – 5 Signs Of Autism

Sign Of Autism In Toddler

For parents, it is crucial to recognize as early as possible the early signs of autism. Toddlers are children that have reached the age of 12 to 18 months or during the period they have started walking. It is during this stage that the signs of autism in toddlers start to appear. Since the signs and symptoms of autism vary in every toddler, it important to be careful in identifying such signs. Up until now, there are still no standardized criteria in diagnosing autism. This is the reason why parents who suspect their child to be autistic should regularly talk to their pediatricians.

Here are some of the signs of autism- toddlers:

Slow Development – Each child develops differently from others and this is just normal. Some child talks or walks earlier than other. But for children with autism, their development is unusually slow. What is more observable is their communication skill. Compared to other children, they produce only limited words, gestures, or sounds that they use in communicating. Their facial expressions and body posture is also different.

Social Gaze – This is one of the most significant signs of autism. Toddlers generally make eye contact to their parents if called or played. But autistic children have an unusual gaze and do not tend to make eye contact. Some experts say that this behavior is due to their lack of interest in the surroundings.

Repetitive Behavior – Some toddlers who have autism are attached to routines. They have specific way of doing things. Some also display flapping, head-banging, or rocking their body constantly even while in their cot. Sign Of Autism In Toddler

Obsession – There have been reports that some children who have autism are fixated to 3 to 4 food items. They only eat the same kind of food over and over again. Other children also play only one toy and will reject the others. They become obsessed and will become attached to it for very long time. They also even focus on the detail or a specific part of an object, like the wheel, rather than the toy car as a whole. They also like to arrange objects or their toys in a straight line.

This is the most prevalent of all signs of autism. Toddlers become obsessed over a particular object. The reason behind this obsession is their difficulty to adapt to changes. Autistic children prefer to be doing the same things all the time rather than trying out new things.

Social Interaction – Autistic children tend to have lack of shared interests with their parents and other toddlers. They shy away from making friends with others of the same age. They also do not understand how other feel. This is why autism is often likened to “living in a different world” than others.

Another reason for this lack of interaction might be their hearing impediment. Reports show that autistic children have hearing difficulties. This is one aspect of their development that is usually affected.

The best way to handle this developmental disorder is to detect the signs of autism. Toddlers will start to display these signs and it is up to the parents to recognize them. Early detection is the key to minimizing the negative effects of autism. Sign Of Autism In Toddler

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