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Question?: Adhd Test

Joseph asks…

what to expect from adhd testing?

I went to the counseling center at my school to speak to a psychologist and after talking to her, she recomended that I get adhd testing. I have a hard time focusing and completing tasks.

What can I expect from the testing?

admin answers:

It’s a waste of money…. A lot of money. Just go to a psychiatrist. Much faster and easier.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome

Donald asks…

Does anyone know where I can find information on males with Rett Syndrome?

I need information on how it affects their physical health. And most importantly there bones. I only need this information on males, and not females. Since males don’t usually survive birth if they have retts then it is making it hard to find information on it. Please help?

admin answers:

Hello…my daughter has Rett Syndrome so I know a little bit. Males usually do survive birth but don’t typically live for more than a year. Males who have an extra X chromosome (XXY instead of XY) are like girls with RS and have a comparable lifespan and symptoms. I think you are going to have a hard time finding info on bone denisity. I don’t think it is publicly available even on the female population. Research is still ongoing and the majority of it just started in ’99, so I doubt you will find any info. My daughter is part of the RS natural history research and they have not published the info yet, but bone density is one of the things it will cover. But you can try searching these sites: www.rettsyndrome.org and www.rsrf.org

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Question?: Pdd

Helen asks…

Anyone with a child that has a speech delay and/or PDD?

Was potty training more difficult for you? What worked?

My son is 3 and has both pdd and a speech delay and I am having a really hard time. I figure it is hard with a child that has normal communication skills, but he just doesn’t understand what I am getting at when I try to show him anything with the potty! Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

admin answers:

Yes I know where you are coming from. My eldest daughter is now 5 years old and she didn’t talk till she was nearly 3 years old. She was diagnosed at 2 yr old with Williams Syndrome. Like you tho, toilet training was a nightmare! Eventually we did get there but probably more thanks to her younger sister who is now 3. It took our now 5 year old 14 months to toilet train her but just during the day. She still isn’t night trained yet but that is for another time! She also just didn’t get it. Now that we have had her diagnosed with mild intellectual impairment, this has made things a little easier for us because we at least know what she is and isn’t capable of understanding to a degree but we still have our bad days that’s for sure. We just kept persisting with her, but it was frustrating. When we started to train our then 2 year old, we were preparing ourselves for a tough road of training but to our surprise and huge relief, our 2nd child only took 8 weeks to train for both wees and poos. A couple of months later she trained herself at night too so no more nappies or pull up for her thank god! Now that my eldest and 2nd child are both trained we are hoping that our youngest now 21 months will be just as quick as her 2nd sister. Really sweetie, it will take a lot of patience on your behalf. Get him to watch daddy too if possible. All children are different so what may work for one child with a speech delay may not work for another. Have you been in contact with your child’s speech therapist or an occupational therapist? They can definitely help though. But seriously, don’t be in a hurry sweetie, it will happen in time. My hubby and I also did a course called “The Hanan Program – It takes two to talk” which is designed for children with speech delays and within 10 weeks we were getting words and very short sentences from our daughter. It doesn’t work for all children but it will definitely help mum and dad and therefore may still assist the child. Ask your child’s doctor or therapist about it if you are able. Good luck sweetie and all the very best of wishes.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Symptoms

Donna asks…

What is the difference between being awkward or having Asperger’s?

According to the Internet, people with Asperger syndrome are very awkward in social situations and have a hard time understanding body language. What would be the difference between just being an awkward person, or having Asperger‘s? (As in mannerisms, behaviour, etc.)

admin answers:

Asperger‘s syndrome is quite complex and affects people in many ways. There are countless symptoms that may be in place, but the thing is that the exact combination of symptoms varies a lot between individuals and nobody has all of the known symptoms. Awkwardness is just one of the many characteristics that most people with Asperger‘s syndrome have, but that doesn‘t mean that everyone who is awkward has Asperger‘s syndrome.

One of the main symptoms of Asperger‘s syndrome is poor social skills. People with Asperger‘s syndrome have difficulty reading into people and situations. They have difficulty understanding things like body language, facial expressions, tone of voice etc. And may use unusual or little body language themselves. They tend to be unaware of various unwritten social rules and are not good at picking up social cues, subtle hints and such. Therefore they are often awkward in social situations and don‘t know exactly what‘s expected of them or how to fit in.

Among other common symtoms of Asperger‘s syndrome are sensory issues (being hypersensitive or hyposensitive to certain textures, light, sounds, smells, touch, taste etc.), obsessive interests, a strong need for routines or sameness, difficulty dealing with changes, poor motor skills and many more.

So Asperger‘s syndrome is a lot more than plain awkwardness.

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Question?: Autistic Kids

William asks…

How can i make a difference for autistic kids?

My little brother is autistic and i really wanna make a difference for autistic kids, I wanna show the world my little brother, i might even make a video on youtube but idk how, what can i do to make a difference, ( ps im 14)

admin answers:

Start at home.
Make a difference for your brother.
Find something that he is having a hard time learning that he really needs to know how to do. Tying his shoes, making a request, math facts. I don’t know it depends on your brother and take it up as a personal project to teach him and spend time with him. Also take part in his interest/ perseverations. Try to make yourself someone he feels he can come to with requests or to share. When you yourself becoming someone he seeks out … And goes out of his world to find then reach the next child.
One at a time.
Political platforms and larger forums are a weak substitute for the day to day journey with these wonderful children.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Thomas asks…

How can you tell if an adult has autism?

My Husband has been diagnosed with chronic urticaria angie-o-adeema(sorry spelling) basically his mast cells r breaking down, and he is allergic to a lot of things including his own system, his mother told me he was classed as a “slow child”, didn’t utter a word till he was 3….now im adding things up here…and what i see is a form of autism….what do u think?

admin answers:

It is very difficult to explain in one short answer what autism is because it is unique to each person. I disagree that all autism is caused by toxins and vaccines. I know there is a class of autism caused by damage from toxins, but that is not the case with my son. BTW, a good diet will make anyone feel better, autistic or not.

My son has High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome and it is obvious that it is genetic. He acts just like my husband, my BIL and FIL, my husbands brother and father. The only difference being that my FIL and BIL have worse symptoms than my husband and son. Also, my son started speaking quite young and never lost the ability to speak. It is clear that his condition was present from birth, before he was ever introduced to dairy or gluten or toxins. He was on an optimal diet of close to 100 percent organic foods, no dairy, no wheat, no sugar, and something was still amiss.

There is a lot of information out there about autism. I think the best way to figure it out without seeing a doctor would be to read a book about Autism Spectrum Disorders, maybe one specifically about adults.

My husband and his brother were both considered slow when they were children. It is a label that was used at that time because people had no other way to explain it, not that they really may have been slow. They both received speech therapy and still have issues with misunderstanding people in conversations and having a hard time getting their point across.

Here is a great article I recently found by an adult with autism or Asperger Syndrome

http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/03/28/autism.essay/index.html

Good luck! If anything, I hope your husband can start feeling better. I know with my husband and son, being sick turns our home upside down because they have trouble expressing themselves.

P.s. Not trying to start an autism argument here. Just letting you know that there are many different opinions out there about autism.

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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?: 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?: Adhd Diet

James asks…

How were your results from the HCG diet?

I just started the HCG diet and was wondering how it worked out for others. If you could include your age, starting weight, end and current weight. & anything else that you would like to include like your hunger effects, etc. Thank you!

admin answers:

I have been on the drops for 9 days and have lost 12.5#!! I purchases drops (42 days supply) at prohcgdiet.com I thought I would have a hard time when I looked over the diet but it isn’t hard at all! I do struggle with ways of preparing food with the limited options but for this kind of weight loss I will deal with it!

I feel so much better already, I cut out coffee since I can’t drink it without creamer so the caffiene headaches were tough for the first 2 days but now I am fine. I sleep better, I am not snoring like I was and I am able to get up the first time the alarm goes off and feel full of energy all day. I am also taking Adderall for my ADHD, so this I think works as a great appetite suppressent.

It is sure worth trying!

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Question?: Pdd Symptoms

Betty asks…

What are the symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome?

My friend thinks her brother has it, so what are they?

admin answers:

Since I diagnose Asperger’s, I will try to answer your question. Asperger’s Disorder is one of the five types of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Another type of PDD is autism. Asperger’s is typically described as high functioning autism, however it is not. They are similar, yet two different types of PDD. It is true, that no two persons with Asperger’s has exactly the same behavioral set of difficulties. However, they all meet the same basic criteria. Individuals with Asperger’s typically have average intellectual skills (or close to average), they have no significant language delays, and generally, they want to socialize. However, they way they use language and socialize is often different and it causes alot of problems for them. They usually have a hard time picking up on non-verbal social cues. They have a hard time taking the perspective of others, sharing a conversation, talking on a topic preferred by someone else, and accepting that if others disagree it is just a different opinion and not wrong. They may also have some fine or gross motor weaknesses (not too noticeable) and they often have interests that are all consuming. In other words, that is all they want to talk about or they have to do that thing or collect that thing, etc. To the point that it interefers with good social functioning or other appropriate daily activities. They may also have some sensory issues with hearing, touch, visuals, etc. They also typically, have some very high areas of functioning along with those weaknesses. They can be almost savant like skill areas. If that skill area is employable, they may wind up making a lot more money than average. A lot of times these things can make places like school a very unhappy place to be. They do not undestand why the world does not understand and accept them or why they do not fit in and they can get really down on themselves and on everyone else for not being nicer to them. This link has some good articles that may be helpful http://doban-autismarticles.blogspot.com/

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