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Question?: Angry Autistic Child

Carol asks…

How could one take care an autistic child?

She is 24 years old now and cannot talk. When she is annoyed, she will have violent tantrums by suddenly gripping another person’s hair then banging her head on his head. What should we do? We are from the Philippines.

admin answers:

It is so difficult bringing up an autistic child. You need support people around to help because its a 24/7 task. I have a niece who’s autistic. She cannot talk either, at 18. She also grabs people’s hair, usually to smell it. She seems to live by ‘triggers’. For instance, if she is taken for a walk, after that she has to do a certain thing followed by something else – always the same. And if something is different or changes she becomes confused and then angry, but if we get her back into her routine she calms down quickly.
Please find help because her tantrums sound quite bad and if she’s like my niece she will be very strong. All she knows is something is not right with her but she won’t know about the pain it will be causing for family. There is a way of controlling her behaviour but you must seek help, maybe first through your doctor.
It is so hard I know. I love my autistic niece. There is something so special about her. She’s brave and she knows so many things that she cannot express. I wish you all the best and hope that you find the right people to help.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Thomas asks…

What are the chances of us having an autistic child?

My husband’s niece has Asperger Syndrome. Are the chances higher than average for us to have a baby with AS or autism?

admin answers:

There are a few different spectrums of Autism and ASperger syndrome is one of them,it is less severe and usually occurs in females..Autism is becoming more frequent yet doctors and scientists truly dont know what the cause is but they do believe it may be genetic,and since it usually isnt diagnosed until the ages between 2 and 4,it would be highly unlikely to detect beforehand if you and your husbands child will develop it..still yet,you and your husband should see a genetic counselor and have tests run before getting pregnant to rule out any other possible genetic abnormalities…the good news though,is that even with Autism reaching its all time high,the treatments are getting better and with more success…hope this helped! Good luck…

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

George asks…

Could this be a sign of autism?

My 2 year old niece has been living with me and my parents for about 8 months now. Her mother is in the Marines and her father left them as soon as he was out of the military and she was only 1 year old.
My mom really believes that the little girl is acting out because she is not with her parents. When her mother does come to visit during the weekend, she yells at her and says things like “what the f— do you want!?”…
The little girl has a real bad habit that at night, she throws fits when it’s bed time, if we say NO to her or she gets real angry (this happens when she doesn’t get her way or we take too long with her bottle, etc..) she bangs her head on the floor and bites herself. We have told my sister that she needs to take her to the doctor and explain to him what she does, all my sister says is that it’s not big deal “she’s just a brat.”
Could this behavior be signalling something more serious?
Olivia J.. It’s actually the girl’s mother who yells at her and says thing like “what the f— do you want” to her own child… The mother is no better than her father… She is an alcoholic who sleeps soundly at night while her little girl is living with us and acting out terribly.
Just this morning, we were all awake becuase she was having an episode. She was screaming, crying, rolling around the bed, throwing herself on the floor… My mom and dad had to finally just take her out for a drive… She went to sleep at 5 in the morning…

admin answers:

First of all,.. You are a very kind aunt and thank goodness this innocent child at least have you and her grandparents. Her behavior is not Autistic.. Just the terrible 2s.

I have a toddler and “NO” is something we try not to use since it is a sure trigger for a tantrum. We often use distractions instead of directly saying no. Also toddlers have zero patience and no idea about time so they always want instant gratification… So got to keep them occupied while waiting and give a lot of attention. They love/need to hear you talk to them and narrate what you are doing. This is how they pick up words and learn to talk.

I understand why you are still giving her the bottle at night. It is a soothing comforter for young children and she needs all the comforting in the world she can get.

I think what your niece really needs is stability and a warm loving environment. Her mom’s obvious lack of concern is making her very insecure and starved for loving attention. Throwing a tantrum until 5am, while her Mom sleeps, is a good example of her very real need to get mom’s loving attention.

Please ask your parents to talk to your sister about keeping away from her daughter if she can’t behave like a mother. This girl has been through enough turbulence so early in her life and her mother should know it very well. Maybe your sister needs professional counseling to get her life back on track.

May good fortune bless her and your family and give her a loving home..!

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In India

Carol asks…

If parental uncle is eligible to avail deduction under IT Act for the amount spent on the treatment of niece?

parents of niece have been expired.She is minor and mentally retarded and fully depends upon me,.but does not have adoption/guardianship.If yes,under which section?

admin answers:

Under Section 80DD, total benefit/deduction available to the individual is a fixed sum of Rs 50,000. In case the disability is over 80%, this figure rises to Rs 75,000.

Section 80DD
Deduction under this section is available to an individual who:
Incurs any expenditure for the medical treatment, training and rehabilitation of a disabled dependant

“Handicapped dependant” means a person who – (i) is a relative of the individual or, as the case may be, is a member of the Hindu undivided family and is not dependant on any person other than such individual or Hindu undivided family for his support or maintenance.

The Rule 11A of IT Rule under Sub-rule 2 prescribes ”

(2) For the purposes of sub-section (4) of section 80DD and sub-section (2) of section 80U, the assessee shall furnish along with the return of income, a copy of the certificate issued by the medical authority,—

(i) in Form No. 10-IA-, where the person with disability or severe disability is suffering from autism, cerebral palsy or multiple disability; or

(ii) in the form prescribed vide notification No. 16-18/97-NI.1, dated the 1st June, 2001published in the Gazette of India, Part I, Section 1, dated the 13th June, 2001 and notification No. 16-18/97-NI.1, dated the 18th February, 2002 published in the Gazette of India, Part I, Section 1, dated the 27th February, 2002 and notified under the Guidelines for evaluation of various disabilities and procedure for certification, keeping in view the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (1 of 1996), in any other case.

Thus for 80DD , there are two set of forms . One is the form 10-IA which is given in I T Rule . The other is for most of the other disabilities defined in the aforesaid notification published in the Gazette of India .It can be downloaded from here . In this notification , under Annexure B , following two types of forms are provided – one for mental retardation and other of other types of disabilities.


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Question?: Autism Signs And Symptoms

Ken asks…

Can someone explain what autism is to me?

What exactly is autism? What are the different types? What are the characteristics of people who do have autism?


admin answers:

Hi there,

Thank you for your query. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Do visit:- http://www.displaysforschools.com/autism.gif

In short, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neuro-biological condition, the cause of which is not yet fully known. It is generally assumed that autism has complex genetic links combined with environmental triggers. It is a spectrum and people with autism may be mildly or severely affected depending on where in the continuum there conditions lie. Autism has been on epidemic rise, currently affecting 1 in every 166 children. It is generally diagnosed at the age of three.

As for the symptoms, I’ll quote from a contributor named Smart Kat.

“The top three signs of autism are;
1. Social Impairment such as;
a. No eye contact, pointing, or gestures to communicate.
B. Doesn’t show off items. “Look at what I have!” type behaviour, or otherwise share interest or enjoyment with others.

2. Impairments in Communication such as;
a. Delay in, or total lack of speech
b. Or with Asperger’s, marked impairment in the
ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others.

3. Repetitive movements, patterns of behavior & interests such as;
a. Hand-flapping, rocking, etc.
B. Obsessions with objects or parts of objects.
C. Prefers to organize or line up items rather than actually “play” with them.
D. Inflexible adherence to routines & rituals. (My niece will throw a fit if the bus driver doesn’t stop at every normal stop even if the child at that particular stop didn’t come to school that day, therefore doesn’t need to be dropped off.

There is not blood test, brain scan, or genetic testing that can determine if a child is autistic. Observation is necessary.”

There already exist at Y!A a number of posts that contain the exactly the same contents of your own query, however. You may like to check the best responses posted there, too.

Best wishes,
Mother of a child with autism.

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Critical Facts About Autism – Grandparent Is Your Grandchild at Risk?

Autism is a word that brings much sadness to a parent when told that their child presents with the symptoms.

Grandparents please be on the lookout for symptoms. Especially if you by chance are a “nanny” to your grandchild like so many grandmothers and even grandfathers are these days.

In the profession I was in, I encountered cases of autism in children. In the beginning it was a rare issue concerning childhood disabilities. By the time I left the profession 38 years later, autism cases were a regular issue. I began to wonder throughout the years on the job “what was going on?” It seemed like an epidemic!

I later discovered that other conditions had been added to the mix and called “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior” even mental retardation is included.

The latest statistics show that 1 in 88 to 1 in 110 children have been diagnosed with Autism.

But it appears that too many conditions were added to the autism category. There is a possibility that it will be modified.

Apparently medical studies think that the number is too high and plan to re-asses the diagnosis.

My friend has a niece who was five years of age when she became autistic. Before the diagnosis, she was happy, bright and social. Then practically overnight she changed!

I found out that this is rare but cases have been found where a child suddenly deteriorates between the ages of 3 to 10 years and show marked autistic behaviors.

After seeing the doctor it was determined that she was autistic, cause, unknown.

How shocking and befuddling was that? No explanation could be given as to why or how this occurred.

Autism appears to be a genetic brain disease. I heard that pregnant women can now know if their baby is at risk.

It was also stated that women avoid taking Valproic acid (a chemical compound and an acid that has found clinical use as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and, less commonly, major depression. It is also used to treat migraine headaches and schizophrenia) or Thalidomide. I thought this was banned? Found out that research is ongoing in its use to treat cancers and autoimmune conditions, although its use is controversial.

Here is a tidbit of information regarding a suspected cause of autism.


Florida researcher, Robert Cade, M.D., and his colleagues have identified a milk protein, casomorphin, as the probable cause of attention deficit disorder and autism. They found Beta-casomorphin-7 in high concentrations in the blood and urine of patients with either schizophrenia or autism.

Visit – notmilk.com click on Autism for the full report. This gives one cause to ponder.

How do you know or suspect if your child could be autistic? According to the CDC, you can begin to notice as early as nine months of age. The CDC has a list of markers that present at specific ages of a child that are warning signs and for you to present to your child’s doctor.

How is this illness treated? There is no magical pill. Treatment varies depending on the category of autism that the child fits into. And of course like many of our modern diseases, there is no cure.

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