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Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Donald asks…

Survey: How aware are you?

today is autism awareness day and all of april is autism awareness month i want to see how aware people actually are by asking afew questions
answer with what you honestly know if you want to look up the answers after you answer yours feel free to but not till you answer first

Question 1. what is meant by “autism spectrum” disorders?
2. What are sensory issues?
3 true or false if someone is not diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by age 12 that means they dont have one.
4. true or false autism is very rare in girls
5.true or false autism spectrum disorders are obvious and you can tell right away if someone has autism
6. what is asperger’s syndrome?

bonus question: can you read this article then tell me your reaction and weather you learned anything new http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/05/dont-judge-a-mother-until-you-know-the-whole-story/
oh and for why its in this section is because i feel in my opinion part of being spiritual is being in tune with the world around us and understanding others (or atleast trying to understand others)

admin answers:

1. The autism spectrum consists of classical autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and PDD-NOS. All these disorders involve social and communication issues in some way. The symptoms appear early in childhood and last throughout the lifetime.

2. Sensory issues are a common feature of autism spectrum disorders. Most frequently they are hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity, either in general or with specific stimuli. For example, I’m extremely sensitive to sound, and metal on metal is one sound in particular that’s painful for me. I’m hyposensitive to pain. Another common issue is difficulty filtering out background information, like music playing in the background. Sensitivity and filtering problems can lead to constant sensory overload.

3. False. The symptoms appear early on, but they aren’t necessarily caught early on. I wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s until I was 17.

4. False. It appears more common in boys, but the gender gap is actually a lot narrower. Girls are more likely to be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for a variety of social and cultural reasons.

5. False. People with ASDs may not appear particularly unusual, or they may seem eccentric but not exactly autistic. If everyone could tell right away if someone had an ASD, mental health professionals are wasting their time with diagnostic evaluations!

6. Asperger’s is a mild form of autism. It’s very similar to HFA, but there’s no speech delay.

BQ: I liked the article. I think its meaning can apply to everyone – it’s important to not judge people right away, because you don’t know the whole story. What appears to be a poorly behaved child and an unconcerned mother is actually an overstimulated, anxious autistic child and a caring mother who’s trying to help him the best she can. Everyone has challenges that aren’t obvious from the outside, so it’s important to withhold judgment and keep an open mind, since there’s often more to a situation than meets the eye.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Symptoms

Paul asks…

Can the severity of Asperger Syndrome increase over one’s lifetime?

I’m interested in psychology, and I was just thinking about this:
I read that sometimes people “grow out” of Asperger Syndrome, so I’m curious about the inverse case.
What I’m wondering is: Can someone start out having a relatively mild case, then over their teenage years it grows heavily in its severity?

admin answers:

Yes, this is what happened to me. The symptoms can grow become a lot more noticeable and cause more impairment. The teenage years are when social rituals and expectations start to change – socializing is based on chatting and hanging out instead of playing games. I had at least one friend for most of my childhood, but once I started middle school I couldn’t keep up socially, and it became very clear that I had trouble learning social skills. Also, I started struggling with anxiety and depression, which made it more difficult for me to interact with others.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Test

John asks…

are there any blood test or brain tests for diagnosing schizophrenia?

or are they only based on symptoms?and can someone with schizophrenia act like a normal for a while and back to his symptomps again?

admin answers:

Diagnostic tests can only rule out other conditions. Schizophrenia is diagnosed based on a continuous display or reporting of the symptoms of schizophrenia over a period of time.

There are other disorders that are similar to schizophrenia. A brief psychotic episode, for example, will resolve itself, with the assistance of medication usually, after less than a month. However, schizophrenia itself comes in a variety of forms as well. “The course of schizophrenia varies greatly. Some people will have one brief episode and have no further problems during their lifetime. Others will suffer from the condition throughout much of their lives. Schizophrenia tends to be episodic.”

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Question?: What Is Autism Yahoo

Sandra asks…

Are there any cases of a child developing Autism, who has not taken vaccines?

I am doing some research on potential links of Autism, and I can’t find any information about Autism cases in children who have not received vaccines in their lifetime.
You did not answer my question. Are there any reported cases of children who have not received vaccinations developing Autism? I don’t need to be lectured.

admin answers:

There are parents who said their children were not vaccinated who got autism, but most then realized their children did get vaccines without them knowing about it. For example, the first day of birth, children are given the Hep B vaccine. The consent for this is signed with the intake paperwork, and with all that paperwork, most of it doesn’t get read, so this is how they consented without realizing it. There was a study done in California that stated that those who got vaccines were about 4 times more likely to get autism then those who didn’t. I didn’t look at the study to see if I felt the kids truly were not vaccinated. But, two birthing clinics have come forward and stated that in their thousands of births, no child has developed autism. I imagine you can easily Google to find it, “birthing clinic thousands autism” ought to bring it up. I think one’s in Illinois. What makes the birthing clinics different from hospital-born children? Pitocin to induce labor which is known to effect the immune system, and those with autism have a faulty immune system; then there are the eye drops put into all newborns, and also a Vit. K shot, and then the epidural. Not sure what else is different, but something is very amiss. Children recovered from autism are doing so by receiving treatments for pathogens and toxins due to a faulty immune system. There are so many things effecting their immune systems, that is really is difficult to blame one thing. If you go to the autism forums, most will say that their vaccinated children are more ill than their non-vaccinated, but some say the opposite. So, it’s not an easy answer. Most of the highly successful doctors who are recovering children from autism say that vaccines are a big part, but more so because the children were already subjected to immune stressors, and the vaccines were the tipping point. I think what is best is to go to the governmental websites, like the CDC and learn all about the vaccine ingredients, risk of getting the disease, possible fatalities from each disease, etc. Also look into homeopathy to raise the same antibodies as the vaccines are suppose to. Many get blood tests after homeopathy to show they have antibodies to vaccinated illnesses so they can show their children don’t need them. This would be the best route, for many who get vaccinated either don’t get enough antibodies to ward off the illness or get too high of antibodies. This is what I have learned by researching daily for 4 years. My children are recovered from autism, but it’s much better to prevent it because my kids are still dependent upon diet and treatments to keep symptoms away. You can go to Yahoo Groups on autism recovery and ask the parents there as well. They can also tell you where to find research on it. There are websites that have collections of this research readily available. You can Google “autism monkey primates vaccines” for a couple of new studies done on monkeys given vaccines. They are pretty shocking. Because I am over 40, I have seen children years ago and can compare them to today. The difference is very unbelievable. I am glad I am old enough to have seen kids before all this autism, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, etc. Came along. When you see it in real time, then you really know.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

David asks…

Is it possible to develop autism later in life (like as a teenager or into adulthood)?

Or another words can people be totally “normal” as toddlers and children, and show signs for it as they grow older? Thanks 🙂
Oh and no I do not think I have autism or any other mental disability. I am purely curious because I am reading a book about someone living with autism right now.

admin answers:

No. Autism is a developmental disorder, meaning the symptoms develop early on and last throughout the lifetime. One of the diagnostic criteria is that the symptoms must be apparent by the age of 3. If autism-like symptoms appear later, it is due to some other cause.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Joseph asks…

Do you believe that Autism is caused by shots?

I wonder if it is not thy kind of overload our childrens bodies at a very young age with vaccinations. Have you read Jenny McCarthy’s book?
If you do believe that it causes autisim would you get your child the shots?

admin answers:

It has not been proven or disproven. But regardless of that, I do not trust vaccine safety. There is mercury, lead, aluminum, formaldehyde, etc. I don’t understand why anyone would want to put known toxins into their babies bloodstream.
Many of the vaccines are not needed. Also they are not safe. There are still many vaccines that have thimerosal (doctors were not required to get rid of any stock they had, and could still have some). Vaccines are not tested for carcinogenic potential. So it is possible that they could cause cancer. Formaldehyde is in many childhood vaccines and some are made from aborted fetal cells. GROSS! I know that there are risks of not vaccinating, but there are also some scary risks associated with vaccinating. Honestly, I know that people say the risks of having a bad reaction are low, but do you want to take the chance of your child having a bad reaction. Also, I have been looking at each individual vaccine and the need. Hepatitis B is sexually transmitted, so the risk for an infant is not there. Hepatitis A, is not needed either, many times children can have it without symptoms, and then they are immune for life (that is more than a vaccine can do). Mumps are usually asymptomatic, so this vaccine is not always necessary. Diptheria can be cured with an antibiotic. Measels used to be a normal childhood disease, adn people gained lifetime immunity. Vaccinations do not give lifetime immunity. That is why people have to get booster shots… If you are torn and need more time to think about it, delay the vaccines and you can always get them later. But you will NEVER be able to take them back. I am also not trying to force my views. It is for you to decide. If you want some more reading material on the subject, e-mail me. And children do not need them for school (there are waivers in every state). So do not let that be the only reason that you do it.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Causes

Laura asks…

Is there evidence yet on what causes schizophrenia?

The big theory is that it is caused by genetics and the environment, but what are the percentages?
And how exactly is it caused by the environment? Or is it purely due to stress from childbirth?

admin answers:

Schizophrenia is a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes the patient to suffer from uncontrolled delusions and hallucinations.
This chemical imbalance is controlled with daily medication that has to be regulated for a lifetime.
Compare this to diabetes, which is a biochemical imbalance within the metabolic system of the body. It, too has to be regulated with medication and diet for a lifetime. Schizophrenia is the same thing.

There is a very strong genetic tendency toward this illness but still, not much is known about it because money for medical research mostly goes to cancer research instead of mental health research. But the medications have come a long, long way these days and are more easily tolerated and more effective than ever before.
Oddly, identical twins may have one who develops schizophrenia and the other does not. And consider the fact that the two are genetically identical. And so this baffles science. However, it is believed that schizophrenia is not a primary inherited disorder.
Good question.

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than most people ever see

credit Photo Malaya


Brooke is leaning over the side of the pool. Her arms are draped up and over the wall and spread lengthwise before her.

Periodically, she scoops a handful of water and pours it out onto the concrete.

After watching her for a while, I sidle up next to her. I sit quietly for a minute, mirroring her.

“Whatchadoin?” I ask.

“Watching,” she says.

“Whatcha watching?” I ask.

“This,” she says, dunking a slender finger into the stream of water on the concrete. Her finger nudges it gently toward the grass.

“Can I watch too?” I ask.

“Uh huh,” she answers.

Together, we watch the water as it snakes its way toward another tiny stream, then joins it, getting fatter and ever so slightly deeper at its head. The sun glistens on the tiny pool, illuminating the water. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

“Thank you for showing me this, Brooke,” I say quietly. “It’s beautiful.”

Without another word, she slips back into the water and the moment has passed.

I linger, watching the water make its slow journey for just another minute. I can’t bear to pull away yet.

It will take me all afternoon to remember his name. Michael Moon, an autistic man whose words I’d discovered years ago. What had he said about water? The words will come back to me slowly. He’d called it a collection of dancing interlocking patterns that each needed attention. Yes, that was it.

Later, I will look up his words. I will nod as I read them, just as I did when I first stumbled upon his article four years – a lifetime – ago.

I’m still nodding, but differently now.

Yes, differently.

“It turned out all she could see was the fountain; she’d taken it in and was ready to move on to the next sight. I hadn’t finished looking at the fountain yet because, to my vision, the fountain was a collection of dancing interlocking patterns that each needed attention. Though it took me much longer to take in that fountain, I realized that the richness I experienced was so much deeper than most people ever see. I began showing her the textures in the water, the way you could see the individual water drops held in mid air sparkling in the light, the unusual colors blended in the pool .. endless vignettes that to me were huge and visceral and to her were just a fountain.”

I will read one line again.

And again still.

The richness I experienced was so much deeper than most people ever see.

Yes, I will think, that’s it.

I will be overwhelmed with gratitude.

And vibrating with possibility.


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Autism – The Effects On Siblings Of Autistic Children

Oftentimes it is true that the child that makes the most noise, gets the most attention.
This is true in a lot of families and moreso in families with children with Autism.
Autistic children also require a lot more time and attention.
In a family with more than one autistic child, it is doubly so. 

This could lead to a greater risk of sibling rivalry. Not for the challenges usually associated with these words but for attention.
With the care that Autistic children need, it would be easy for the unaffected child in the family to get a little lost in the shuffle.

Over time, this could lead to the unaffected child feeling resentful of their Autistic siblings and to begin a little attention getting of their own or behaviors.

In time, the stress involved with this internal family conflict could lead to a rift that may take a lifetime to heal. There are several methods to deal with this potential problem before it gets out of hand.

Each Autistic child is different and each regular child is different and therefore the way that you would handle each child is going to depend on their age and personality.

Time needs to be set aside for the sibling of an Autistic child.

Their “alone” time with their parents.

You may need to hire a caregiver or find a friend or family member to watch over the Autistic child during this time.

The unaffected sibling needs assurance that although their brother or sister gets most of the attention, that they are going to get a share.

It important that you keep your appointment with the child.

The outing doesn’t have to be anything spectacular, just something that the two of you can share. It can be done with one parent at a time or with both.

It is by doing this that you are demonstrating that no matter how busy or hectic things are at home, that he or she is just as important to you.

Another simple way of reassuring the child is to tell them that you love them. Three little words that mean a lot, but that children need to hear.

A special touch or hug that the two of you can share to let them know that you do think about them.

The occasional note under their pillow or in their lunchbox to assure them that even when they are not with you, they are in your thoughts.

These things take but a moment of your time but could mean the world to a child who already feels that they have so little of your time.

Another thing that you can do if your children are of school age is to ensure that the work that they bring home from school is not destroyed by their Autistic sibling.

Unfortunately, due to the behaviours that some children with Autism have, some artwork especially is attractive to them and it may get ruined.

Make sure that you do have a special place that it can be put where it is out of harms reach.

The other thing that you can do is obviously talk to them about Autism in an age appropriate manner. Explain as best you can why their brother or sister does the things that they do.
Encourage them to be open about their feelings.

It is okay to dislike something that the Autistic child does, but that doesn’t mean that they have to dislike the Autistic child.

Encourage participation in the fun things that the family can do as a unit. If the child with Autism is unable to handle outings, have a picnic complete with cloth and picnic basket on the lawn in the backyard.

Be creative.

By showing the sibling of a child with Autism that the family is important and by having them understand that their status in the family unit is by no means undermined by the fact that you need to spend more time with their siblings, the stronger and more secure the child will become.
And the less resentful.

This is extremely important. The sibling of a child with Autism will quite possibly become the decision maker for that Autistic child at some stage in the future.

Donna Mason has been a Registered Nurse for the past 16 years. She is the mother of 6 children, 3 of whom have varying degrees of Autism. For more information on Autism signs and symptoms, and to learn more about this mother’s battle in the fight against this misunderstood condition, visit us on the web at: http://www.autisticadventures.blogspot.com

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Aspergers Experiences – How Community Knowledge Can Help

When you are a parent with a kid or children with Aspergers, it could be difficult to cope on a daily basis.   While there is a vast amount of medical knowledge a person would be able to access regarding the condition it usually does not offer sufficient info in relation to the daily actions that should be taken with your children.   This difficulty is just compounded when you take on this responsibility on your own.   Whilst some turn to family for help when they are trying to help their children with Aspergers, even this avenue of aid could be limited when they don’t have their own personal experiences with Aspergers.

The internet has created several opportunities for people when it comes to medical knowledge, but greater than this is the possibility to discover open communication when it comes to a wide variety of conditions.   Several parents have taken on the responsibility of taking care of their children on their own and while there might not always be local resources to aid your kids, you can discover a one of a kind option when you seek online resources.   

One of the most beneficial developments which could be found with the online environment refers to the generation of Aspergers communities.   Within these communities you can openly communicate with other parents who have knowledge of Aspergers, have their own children experiencing Aspergers or have a lifetime of knowledge pertaining to raising their kids.

Its difficult to discuss the seriousness of Aspergers and how it affects your children and your family as several can’t understand the impact that it has.   When you could access a community of parents that have their own experiences with this condition you’ll create the chance to share your experiences with other people.   

This can aid you in making decisions on a variety of topics and permits you to share information and stories with individuals that know what your family is experiencing.   In addition to sharing your own stories you can tap into a one of a kind resource where you could benefit from the knowledge and experience of others.   This could usually offer you with your greatest tool in relation to children with Aspergers as you’ll have a foundation of knowledge as you go through your day-to-day activities.

To find your best resource of parental information as it refers to raising kids with aspergers visit http://www.parentingaspergerscommunity.com
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