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Question?: Autism Symptoms Toddler Boys

Jenny asks…

odd toddler behavior?

my 18 month old girl, does something odd – she sits on the floor and puts her hands on the floor in front of her and rocks front to back. is this abnormal behavior, she is my first girl my other kids are boys and they never did this.

admin answers:

I studied early childhood development in college and sometimes you may see this behavior early on with children that have autism. BUT, don’t get worried right away since autism comes with a lot of other symptoms and behaviors.
As long as she is developing normal on the other milestones for her age (walking, trying to talk, etc…) I wouldn’t be worried about one thing.
Some babies also develop different ways of self soothing, a tiny step into their “independence”.
Keep watching her and take her to the pediatrician if it concerns you anymore.
Happy parenting and best wishes!

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Causes

Sandy asks…

Is my baby just delayed, or is something wrong?

Hi, my daughter will be eleven months old on the 30’th, and she can’t crawl, sit up from a lying position, walk, pull herself up to standing position, or stand at all on her own. All she can do is roll around and sit up (when I sit her up). She can stand with help. She has just started eating a little harder foods like puffs and toast, and just mastered the pincer grasp. I am worried about her large motor skill development though. Is she just a late bloomer, or do you think something may be wrong?

admin answers:

Well, yes she’s definitely delayed but the thing you have to worry about is the cause of the delays. You need to take her to a neurologist and geneticist to investigate the cause. My daughter had the same problems…she turned out to have Rett Syndrome. I’m not trying to scare you, there are a lot of possible causes.. Some severe, some not so severe. If it was just motor problems from hypotonia (low muscle tone) I would not be too worried but she seems to have other delays that would indicate global developmental delays meaning possibly a larger problem. It may be just mild cerebral palsy and she will eventually catch up but definitely get her checked out to rule out other things. Also make sure they test for Rett Syndrome…my daughter has this and it is commonly misdiagnosed as other things. Best of luck to you and I hope you find the cause.

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Donald asks…

Anyone out there have a child with autism?

I am so worried that my 3 year old son has some kind of form of autism. His dr. wants him to be evaluated. Could someone out there tell me what life is like having a child with autism, and how did you first know something was out of the norm with them?

admin answers:

My nephew is autistic, and i believe he was dignosed about the age of 3. He is an extreme case. He is now 5. He still talks very little, and he has a lot of difficulty with change. For example, he has pinkeye right now, and it has been a madhouse here just trying to get eyedrops in his eyes.

He is very bright, however. He is very stubborn, and cries for hours on end if he doesn’t get his way. He is not antisocial, but has a lot of trouble sharing things like toys. He sometimes daydreams so deeply that even loud noises don’t shake him from them. He seems to function rather well most of the time. Just doesn’t deal well with things he’s not used to. He picks up on some things faster than most kids. Like the fact that he no longer calls his mother mommy. He calls her by her first name, because that is what we all call her.

He sees a speech therapist and and an occupational therapist, and it was his OT that originally pointed out signs. He said the first clue was that when he looked at something new, he held it close to his face and wiggled his fingers on it. Sometimes he just waves his fingers in front of his face like he’s holding something we can’t see. Another sign (or so his mother tells me) is that he seems to “talk” in his own language. Seems like babble to me, but he also seems to have his own certain words or noises from certain things.

May not be a lot of help in your own situation, but this is what I have observed.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Treatment

William asks…

Can Aspergers Syndrome affect your Social health?

My therapist, mother, and father all suspect i have Aspergers Syndrome, but can it really affect your socializing? As well as A.D.D. and OCD? We all suspect i have all 3. And i’m feeling really depressed right know, so do you think so?

admin answers:

Yes, Asperger’s syndrome affects socializing, as it causes people to have poor social skills and a limited ability to develop good social skills.

Asperger’s syndrome varies a lot in severity though, so not everyone who has it will have the same level of difficulties with socializing.

Some people have mild Asperger’s syndrome and in those cases other people may not always notice much difference. Others have more severe forms of Asperger’s syndrome and cannot as easily mask or hide the disorder or the symptoms.

Some people with Asperger’s syndrome are lucky and are surrounded with people who don’t let the person’s poor social skills be a big problem, but a lot of people with Asperger’s syndrome are not that lucky and are constantly excluded and rejected by other people because of their poor social skills or simply for being different.

Many people with Asperger’s syndrome live in social isolation. Some of them don’t mind it and actually enjoy their solitary lives, while others are greatly bothered by this isolation and become really depressed.

I cannot judge whether you have Asperger’s or not, but it sounds like there is a reason to have a professional (a psychiatrist for example) do an evaluation to find out for sure. If you do have some disorder (or a combination of many disorders), a psychiatrist should be able to diagnose you and suggest treatment options.

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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?: What Is Autism Yahoo

Jenny asks…

Does anyone have an example of a wheat & dairy free diet suitable for a child with autism?

I have a 13 year old daughter with autism, she’s a wonderful child, & has come a really long way. I have been reading that wheat & dairy free diets seem to free their bodies of yeast which have been said to “fog” their brain, & prevent them from expressing themselves more efficiently. Thanks in advance for your time.

admin answers:

I have found two websites, one is Autism Web, which probably has a lot of good information, as well as help with the diet you are curious about.

You can find a world of information on the internet by doing a Yahoo search for whatever you are looking for. I did a search for WHEAT AND DAIRY FREE DIET to come up with these links for you. There is also a lot of information about autism on the internet, as well.. Just do a search.

I sure hope things work out and glad your daughter has come such a long way. Hugs

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Question?: What Is Autism Caused By

James asks…

What are the differences between autism and schizophrenia?

I’m looking for the differences between schizophrenia and autism in causes, clinical features, and treatment.
And if possible, any link that talks about how to differentiate them.

admin answers:

Actually, they both don’t like to socialize much. With schizophrenia, you have psychosis. Those with autism actually do have psychosis at times, but usually their lack of socialization and communication stands out more. With schizophrenia, their psychosis stands out a lot, which is either seeing or hearing things not there or having delusions that can not possibly be real. Google “DSM IV TR schizophrenia autism diagnostic criteria” to get the specifics.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Symptoms

Daniel asks…

What are some illnesses that have similar symptoms to Schizophrenia?

I’m just curious and this is not to offend anyone, but a lot of the symptoms of Schizophrenia sound like symptoms of other mental illnesses.
Since there is no proven way of diagnosing someone Schizophrenic, then what are some illnesses that could be mistaken for Schizophrenia?
You can be diagnosed with it but there is no way to prove for sure. They have to go by what symptoms a person has and assume, which I think is pretty much BS, because like the first answerer said, it could just be anxiety overload.

admin answers:

I am not an expert but I have known some people with schizophrenia and it truly is a distinct illness. There can be different kinds I realize but when people are hallucinating or being directed to do or think irrational things by their own thoughts it is not just anxiety. True schizophrenia is not BS is it a real illness. I know some illnesses are not as clearly recognizable and may be used for people inappropriately but I have never known schizophrenia to be like that. Unless you think the person is making up their symptoms for some reason. I think time is the greatest factor because unfortunately schizophrenia does not go away. Some people can be treated effectively with medication but many can’t and sometimes the meds loose their effectiveness or cause too many side effects. If you have someone in your life with this problem you should try to be supportive and be there for them however you can.

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Question?: Adhd In Adults

Richard asks…

Is it possible to effectively manage adult ADHD without medication?

I’ve read several books about adult ADHD, and they all seem to emphasize the use of medication. I have nothing against the use of medication, but I can’t afford it right now. Is there any way for those of us who have ADHD and can’t afford medication to effectively manage our symptoms?

admin answers:

It’s possible in some ways, but it’s very difficult.

I would suggest speaking to your doctor about what your problem is. See if he or she can refer you to somewhere where you can get the medication you need.

My best friend has adult ADHD in the worst way. Most of the time, those of us who know her well recognize after about three or four minutes that she’s not taken her medication in a while. But, she doesn’t take it every day. Sometimes she’ll go weeks or months without taking it.

Most of the time, it means that she has to really cut back her case load at work. Naturally, the longer she has to concentrate, the harder it is for her to do it without her meds.

She is also married to a man who is her polar opposite, and who kind of keeps her in line. He does help her a lot in a mind-over-matter sense — he knows it’s difficult for her, but he does call her out on it when she is being extremely ADHD, and he’s really a soothing influence on her.

What she has done in the past was get her prescription, and use it when she needs it. Most doctors do reccommend with childhood ADHD that it be used in school hours or extreme circumstances only. It wears off around the time school lets out, so unless there is major studying to do, or some other activity that requires sustained focus, they reccommend you come off of it and start again the next day. Weekends, holidays and summers are often times they suggest you not be on meds.

Apply the same tactic in your situation. If you know there is a situation that will probably be difficult for you, take it that morning. If there are days when it’s a little less necessary to focus for a significant length of time, skip it. It can help make one refill go a long way.

I would also suggest talking to your doctor about generics (LOTS cheaper than name brands), samples (many doctors have them, and are more than happy to hand them out for just such an occasion) or changing the Rx altogether.

The normal non-drug-related suggestions are not as effective, but if you suffer from mild to moderate ADHD, they could help some. Make sure that you get enough good sleep, eat well, try to adhere to a schedule, cut out processed foods, allow yourself breaks to collect yourself (then either be disciplined enough to go back to your work or have someone to help keep you accountable), etc.

Something that helps some ADHD people is a bit of caffienne. For some reason, a lot of the time, the bodies of people with ADHD react differently to stimulants and depressants, so caffienne can be somewhat soothing, and Benadryl can cause excitability or hyperactivity. Go figure. After all, most of the drugs on the market today for ADHD are stimulants similar to speed.

But it’s always best to speak with your doctor before deciding to stop taking a drug you’ve been prescribed. If you have no other options, you could just try to help it on your own. But it’s possible there is something between shelling out the money to pay for your current Rx and taking nothing at all.

Good luck!

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Question?: Autistic Adults

Sandy asks…

i have a 30 year old autistic daughter does anyone know any kind of learning tools for autistic adults?

I know the way to teach an autistic child is lot of repetion but there are learning tools for Autistic children but none that i have found for autistic adults anyone have any suggestions?

admin answers:

It really depends on what you are trying to teach the person, and how functional they are.

My children are both younger, but we use a lot of visual supports (the book suggested above is an excellent resource and worth the money) We also use a lot of computer programs. You should ask your daughter’s psychologist for his referrels to programs.

Also talk to her casemanager through your DEVDEL services. Anyone with autism qualifies over the age of 18, and they should have taken her through votech and rehab. They have the tools and the teachers, and she should have had access to that all this time. I’m sorry that you’ve missed those years of her learning.

I would also suggest contacting your local autism society group (www.autism-society.org, click on find support). While they may not provide direct resources, they surely will have suggestions. In our state, there are several social groups for adults with autism.

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