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Question?: Autistic Spectrum

Susan asks…

What is the proper format for writing the by-laws for a non-profit business?

I want to ser up a working ceramic and visuals arts studio where autistic spectrum and mentally retarded artists can create in a sheltered environment (non-profit part), and provide a gallery to show and sell their works at fair market prices (profit for them and for studio operations). This project is to benefit artists in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

admin answers:

Check The Foundation Center’s website.

Good Luck!

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Question?: Adhd Diet

Betty asks…

What natural or alternative remedies have you had success in treating ADHD for your child?

I’m looking for specific brands of herbal, homeopathic, supplements, etc. My son is 7 and has been diagnosed with ADHD and I would like some suggestions as we are not going to medicate him. Thanks!

admin answers:

It depends on the severity of the ADHD. I have two boys ages 7 and 8 who are extremely ADHD and a majority of the herbal remedies did not work for them. There is a form of massage therapy called Cranial Sacral that did provide a form of relief for my oldest son. It is hard to find a therapist that is licensed in that field and expensive but it was, by far, the best thing we tried. Another thing that helps somewhat is diet modification. Try eliminating processed sugars, processed foods in general and adding more protein, raw vegetables (if you can get him to eat it), and whole grains. Sometimes even the herbacides that are used on vegetables can cause problems so make sure everything is all natural. There is a product called BrightSpark that I’ve heard works wonders and also one called Focus. It’s basically a combination of different amino acids, minerals and vitamins that help the nervous system function on a more “normal” basis. As weird as this may sound ear candleing is a wonderful help for ADHD too. We do it regularly and it helps a great deal for the concentration. We’ve also found that counseling helps…it helps them cope with having ADHD and gives them someone to talk to outside of the family. Good luck!! Some of the smartest, most successful people have ADHD and used it to their advantage (Albert Einstein for one).

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Question?: Adhd In Adults

Donna asks…

What is the Best Medication for Adult ADHD?

I am making an appointment with a psychiatrist to see if I have Adult ADHD (which I am 99% sure I do) What is the best medication for it?

admin answers:

The best medication is whatever your doctor decides is best for you after your receive the official diagnosis of ADHD. Good Luck with your appointment.

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Question?: Adhd

Mandy asks…

How can I learn to cope with my ADHD symptoms without medication?

I have adhd and I’m in college and I’m having a hard time focusing and remembering to do my homework. I always feel anxious, overwhelmed, discouraged, and unmotivated to do anything. I feel like I will never be successful. I tried medications and they worked but they made my heart race. I don’t want to use medications but sometimes I feel like it’s the only way to go. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

admin answers:

There are tons of natural things to help! I’ve always used caffiene to help my symptoms. The pills just put me in a daze- I could concentrate but I didn’t have interest in anything. So instead I started drinking one cup of coffee every morning. It slowed everything down to a normal level, but I was still myself. This doesn’t work for everybody, so I would say to try if for a week and see if it helps you. Also, try running every morning. Physical exercise is the best thing for anybody, but especially for adhd. It gives you time to think and let your mind wander while using up your excess of energy that keeps you unfocused. The most important thing I did though was to focus on what is important to me. Us ADHD kids will never care about anything that isn’t of direct importance to us. If we don’t care we’ll end up not paying attention and then cramming for the final and scraping a C in the class- trust me I did this for years. But once I started to study about things I cared about I got straight A’s. So follow your heart and your mind will be happy.
Good luck!

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Treatment

Thomas asks…

Cerebral Palsy?

Does anyone know any good hospitals which treat celebral palsy. Patient is 4 years old girl, location – Uzbekistan, but we have means to travel and have treatment abroad.
Thanks

admin answers:

There are many so-called ‘cures’ and many different forms of treatment.

Some years ago I took my daughter to a centre in the Uk (she has Rett Syndrome not CP) which was excellent. We had to stop as we could not afford it, but here is a link to their website:

http://www.advancecentre.org.uk/

Good luck

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Question?: Autism Signs In Children

Robert asks…

Is there a child disability that causes the child to mimic others?

My sister’s boyfriend’s sister’s daughter is past the age that a child would normally talk and I guess she just mimics what other people say, but doesnt say anything herself. Not sure what it could be so if you would like to share any information, it would be appreciated

admin answers:

Autism. It’s called echolalia. It does not necessarily indicate severe autism, don’t worry. Echolalia can be in different forms; the 3 ways that come to mind are:
*Repeating directly what was just said
E.g.
-“How are you?”
-“How are you?”

*Repeating part of what was just said
E.g.
-“How are you?”
-“Are you fine”

*Repeating from quotes

Some children will have no speech other than what is echolalic, and others will have some echolalic, and some not. There are two theories as to why autistic children do it. One is that perhaps they know that a conversation should be back-and-forth, but they do not know how to respond so they just repeat. The other is (the one that I believe) that they can understand and process the language better if they repeat it to themselves. With the third case above, that is sometimes a verbal “stim” (autistic behaviour such as hand flapping, rocking, etc also falls under this “stim” category which is repetitive, apparently useless behaviour), so basically the kid likes the way the word or phrase sounds, so they repeat it.

What you described is however NOT enough to say it is definitely autism. There could be another reason. Autistic people fall under 3 categories of “deficits” (or whatever you want to call them), which are communication, socialization and behaviour. Elements of all three categories must be present for the person to be autistic. You can find a whole list of signs by Googling it. If you’re concerned, a speech therapist or doctor can help you.

Good luck

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Paul asks…

How good is eye contact supposed to be in a toddler?

I have a 19 month old little girl who is extremely smart. She isn’t speaking yet and we are getting early intervention for her language/cognitive skills. Her pediatrician, speech therapist, interventionist, and playgroup director have all told me she is not autistic (or seems to be) and really just needs a jump start to better her communication and speech. I always thought that she had good eye contact. I never thought that she had a problem looking at me. However, recently, I’ve noticed that it’s been harder to grasp her eye contact. Of course it’s still there but she seems so much more into things and busy. If she’s playing with something, she won’t even turn to me anymore unless I say something that sparks her attention. I’ve looked at other kids her age and they seem to look right into my eyes. Is this something common of children her age or is this something that I should bring up at intervention. I would like some opinions of those with other kids. Thanks!

admin answers:

I would definitely bring it up. Lack of eye contact can be an early sign of autism. I’m not saying that’s what it is but any information that you think is important should be brought up. When you talk to her, does she look at you? It’s normal for kids to be so engrossed in an activity that they hardly give you the time of day. When you do get her attention, does she look around you or is it brief eye contact? Again, I would bring it up. If it’s worriesome to you, it’s worth noting. Good luck to you and your daughter! 🙂

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

Thomas asks…

Question for parents that have a child with ADHD or ADD?

My 5yo son has ADHD, he has been taking concerta since August. Parents what steps have you taken to reduce the ADHD symptoms? Id like insight on what other parents are doing. I’m changing his diet and we are going to get out of the house more. What are you doing? I pray this disorder would disappear!
The concerta works fine. I don’t want him on meds forever. I wanted some insight on what other parents are doing. I could always use new ideas.

admin answers:

Who diagnosed him? Is the concerta working?
There are a lot of factors that contribute to adhd type behaviors.

Edit – it depends on what behaviors you want to change. Structure, choosing your battles, consistency (mean what you say and say what you mean, think real hard before you threaten a consequence because you have to follow through and you can’t follow through with certain threats, let’s be honest.) also – don’t go over the top with consequences. Some parents can get so frustrated that they end up giving so many punishments or consequences that the whole point is lost on the child. Like taking away ALL privileges for a month…make the consequence follow the misbehavior as soon as possible. Remember too that a child with adhd can learn to have some measure of control over his behaviors. It just takes a little more time and patience than it would for another child. Good luck.
Oh, and the diet is important – i think anyway in my experience. NO red dye. A lot of people might think that’s a bunch of nonsense, but i’ve seen it – artificial dyes and preservatives do exacerbate adhd behaviors (as well as mood disorders).

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Question?: Autistic Spectrum

Chris asks…

How can I possibly be able to express myself more easily to the extent where I could become a movie director?

Right now, I’m a junior in high school. Because I have Asperger’s Syndrome, one of the autistic spectrum, I have hard time trying to express myself. Every word or 2, I always need to take a deep breath. My mom told me that movie directors have to express themselves very easily and socialize with others very well. The problem is that I am not good in either of those. Is there any way how can I help myself?

admin answers:

Well your mom is very right. Being a director you have to work with a HUGE team. You need to be well spoken and very social. Not sure about your syndrome and if you can conquer you social skills but good luck.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Susan asks…

Can you six month old babble and hold eye contact?

My son is six months old. He can hold eye contact with me but only for a few seconds. He then gets distracted by something else every time. I try to talk to him and look him in the eyes but he always looks away. Also, he can yell and make lots of noise ( I know he enjoys hearing his own voice), yet he has not yet made any sounds like ma, ba, goo, ga. Can your six month old make these sounds or do they mostly just yell and sing song? He responds to his name being called but only sometimes. Can you describe to me what your baby can do at six months. I know it is early to diagnose, but I am worried he could be autistic. Thanks

admin answers:

My son does the same thing. Actually he hardly ever responds to his name. If your son smiles and laughs, then most likely he is not autistic. Most austistic children do not even like to be touched. However if you have any doubt or just want to be reassured talk to your doctor about testing. Symptoms in many children improve with intervention or as the children age. Some children with autism can lead normal lives. Outlook is best with early intervention and therpy. Children with autism do have delays with speech but what your son is doing I believe doesn’t apply. My son loves to talk and is a very happy baby but he is easily distracted. He is almost 7 months and has not said ma or ba. Sometimes children don’t speak until closer to a year old, it just depends on the child. Good Luck and speak with your doctor 🙂

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