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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Treatment

William asks…

What do you think is the most beneficial disorder and the worse one ?

My opinion

Most beneficial: Asperger syndrome, bipolar and personality disorder.

worst: shizophrenia, depression, ADHD and learning dis-abillity.

admin answers:

Most beneficial: GAD or some other axis I disorder that is easiest to treat

Worst: personality disorders, schizophrenia, recurrent major depressive disorder (especially that is not respondent to treatment), bipolar disorder, OCD, chronic anxiety

I think mental disorders such as bipolar are “over glamorized” by the media. The truth is is that the disorder generally makes life a bear for these people.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Causes

Carol asks…

is it possible for a person to have several different behavioural problems?

Like a single person having aspergers syndrome, OCD and Graves’ disease?

Or just Graves’ disease and OCD?

Or just one?

thank you =)
heh, no i don’t have all of them though i do have OCD and my younger brother has aspergers syndrome. Grave’s disease just random popped in to my head as a third example.

admin answers:

Yes it’s possible. But just so you know; Asperger’s is a neurological difference, it is NOT a behavioural problem, disease, mental illness or disorder (like OCD).

@ Ruby-Aspie

Grave’s Disease is an autoimmune disease which features an overactive Thyroid (hyperthyroidism). I knew a girl in high school with Grave’s and my sister has Lupus (another autoimmune condition) so I have a fair idea what it is. Either way, while Grave’s may cause psychological affects (mood imbalances), it isn’t a behavioural issue either.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder In Children

Charles asks…

what kind of therapy is used to treat ocd?

what do they do in cognitive therapy to treat ocd?
i am asking because my son has autism spectrum disorder and sometimes he gets obsessed with his routines and I was told to break up things for him and I wanted to learn more about it.

admin answers:

There are several therapies to treat OCD. A person’s level of OCD can be anywhere from mild to severe, but if severe and left untreated, it can destroy a person’s capacity to function at work, at school or even to lead a comfortable existence in the home. There are Medical Treatments, Behavior Therapy and Self-help.

Medical Treatment (which I don’t recommend) that may reduce compulsions, such Prozac, Anafril, Luvox and Zoloft. Again, these are serious drugs and I strongly recommend a natural approach such diet, exercise and supplements/vitamins instead.

Behavioral Therapy: Traditional Psycho therapy or psycho analysis therapy emphasizes understanding unconscious conflicts, motives and defense mechanisms. (e.i. Child abuse, trauma, genetics)
Also, Cognitive Therapy, the goal of this therapy is to change your thinking by following a Systematic desensitization approach to reduce anxieties, fear through counter conditioning. (relaxing techniques, yoga, meditation)

Also see: http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/ocd.html

EDIT: It is normal for a child to have these anxieties. Usually, children with autistic spectrum disorders DO NOT suffer from OCD but it is their anxieties that makes him out of control, I suggest you speak with his pediatrician if you are concern about his OCD. I have an Asperger child and using a Congnitive method helps him. There are times when he does certain rituals but is usually triggered by outside environment or could be that something he ate at school perhaps shared by one of his classmates. My AS child is on a very somewhat strict diet (glutten free, pesticides free, artificial product free etc)
Have you thought about looking into his diet? Your library should have books and other references about Autism and Spectrum disorders.
Another thing that has helped my child calm or soothe his anxieties is swimming, water somehow helps him become less anxious.
Http://theemergencesite.com/Tech/TechIssues-Autism-OCD-Aspergers-ADD.htm
I highly recommend this book: http://books.google.com/books?id=hEWuAI1xZ-kC&dq=sensory+integration+dysfunction&pg=PP1&ots=Up-EeoiHTR&source=citation&sig=-eycf73BjsJNoL6xWspdEvcG9r4&hl=en&prev=http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=DAUS,DAUS:2006-11,DAUS:en&q=sensory+integration+dysfunction&sa=X&oi=print&ct=result&cd=2&cad=bottom-3results#PPP1,M1

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder In Children

Lizzie asks…

Can you have PDD-NOS and not be on the autism spectrum?

Our son has a huge line-up of testing that is scheduled to be done, but the neurologist said that he more than likely has PDD-NOS. Our speech therapist said that PDD isn’t autism, it’s just a delay, is that true? I thought they both go hand in hand.

admin answers:

In short no.

PDD-NOS is on the autism spectrum, it is NOT classic autism, but it is still an ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Long answer-

Your son might end up with a provisional diagnoses of PDD-NOS- meaning they will diagnose him with that, but then later might drop it. Its very difficult especially at a young age to properly diagnose a child if they have classic autism, or Aspbergers, or a general developmental problem. It can take years for them to know for sure what your son has- but it doesn’t change what type of help he is going to need, however for most state/school programs as well as insurance cases, they need some form of diagnoses to pay for speech/occupational therapy whatever they determine he needs. Because the treatment plan decided on will be individual to your son, it doesn’t really matter what “label” he has as long as he is getting the help he needs.

The name PDD-NOS literally means- Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified, meaning they just don’t have enough data to decided how to specify it. While he has the diagnoses of PDD-NOS he is considered to be on the autism spectrum- however in time they may decided it was a general delay and he won’t be considered on the spectrum anymore.

Right now, my son, has just gone through a bunch of tests, and has a couple more lined up in the fall. He has PDD-NOS, but they feel he will end up being either classic autism or Asbergers, or even OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) but right now he shows signs of all three, so they aren’t sure which he has. His neurologist describes it this way- when a plant is very small, sometimes you aren’t sure what type of flower is going to grow on it, however once it blooms it is obvious what kind of plant it was- but it doesn’t change that it is a plant. Meaning my son has something, we aren’t sure what, but it doesn’t change the fact he has something. The main concern is how do you help him get better.

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Question?: Autistic Disorder

Ken asks…

How do you know what mental disability you really have?

I’ve had one psychologist and therapist think i had an autistic disorder,one think i had an autistic disorder vs psychosis,one think i had either autism,bipolar or ocd,and my recent ones said i only had bipolar with features of autism.My therapist thinks i am partly vindictive so its hard to say.How would you know which one fits?

admin answers:

You must find a therapist who has your confidence, if you want to make progress towards better mental health.

Decide who it is that seems to best in tune with you, accept that person’s diagnosis, and follow his or her advice.

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Question?: What Is Autism Yahoo Answers

James asks…

My friend is online all day on yahoo answers?

Could he have OCD and autism?
He only finished high school (barley) and bites people, poops his pants, shaves his head like a skinhead, smokes weird grass, takes Valium.

Can someone help give advice?

He is developing breast cancer after his divorce.

admin answers:

Perhaps he should become a politician.

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Question?: Pdd-nos Checklist

Sandra asks…

can a child NOT BE autistic and yet cover his ears with certain noises or situations?

My 19 month old seems pretty much normal but since 6 months or old he has displayed a sense of shyness (covering his face) when meeting new people and also covering his ears not only when meeting people but also when watching cartoons especially when the characters sing. He’ll also cover his ears when mom and dad happen to argue around him…

his doc said during his 18th month well check that he can be anything we want but autistic… yet I dont remember telling him about this covering of his ears. He did refer us to our local developmental pathways for a follow up on his slight speech delay… any comments welcome
wow all of these are very good answers… and yes I think we should gather more details in his behavior… what sucks about being a new parent is that you just dont know what is normal… for ex. he loves messing with stuff if I bring him close to the sink to wash his hands he’ll either mess with the water or the light switch turning it off an on. He also likes to shut the doors on me and not let me open them… so it is hard to know if these behaviors are normal or part of a disorder…

admin answers:

Yes, a child can cover their ears with noises and not be autistic. I know of 2 kids, they are older, and are definately not on the autistic spectrum at all. Neither have been diagnosed with anything, possibly a sensory processing issue, but it has not been diagnosed.

It is hard to say, because many behaviors are typical of this age, its more about the pervasiveness of it. Cause and affect is very big developmentally at his age. With the lights, can he be redirected to do something else, or does he want to do this repetitively for hours?

Being particular about doors is something that both my autistic sons have done, but that need for routine is also anxiety based (a little OCD), so is it really the autism, or is it more the anxiety component?

Beginning speech is a great idea. I would ask for an OT (occupational therapist) to evaluate him for a sensory processing disorder.
Http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/sensory-processing-disorder-checklist.html

This assessment tool is very sensitive to picking up kids on the spectrum. My middle son, diagnosed at 9 months by a pediatric neurologist with PDD.NOS (atypical autism) when 12 month old diagnoses are only 60-80 percent accurate, this assessment picked him up at 7 months old with a score of 49 (scoring 0-50 is no PDD), 50-100 is mild. My son went on to score as high as 88. He is turning 4 next month.
Http://www.childbrain.com/pddassess.html

My youngest son, was diagnosed with a speech delay, and has some atypical behaviors, he is getting services for ECE, OT, SLP. His initial score at the same age 7 months was 23. His highest score has been 29. He has an encephalopathy diagnosis, and ADHD diagnosis (since 24 months)

My oldest son, age 8, has had a PDD.NOS diagnosis. This currently is disputed depending on who we see. He does look PDD to me, however, he attends school with children who were previously diagnosed on the autistic spectrum that are completely typical and have been by kindergarten. The spectrum isn’t static, if you get a diagnosis, this does not in any way mean that it is accurate.

I find that other autistic children and adults are the best at evaluating if a child is on the spectrum. I am an autistic adult, I have known that my youngest son who will be 3 and has never gotten an autistic diagnosis that he is not autistic. The speech/language pathologist (whom is not a clinician and can’t diagnose) disagrees with this. She believes he is also autistic and tells me things like his eyecontact was better today.

And, I have known that my middle son was autistic spectrum since 6 months old. My father (asperger’s, and a clinical psychologist for autistic children) has said by 8 months that child is asperger’s. I wasn’t buying it, till 18 months. Our highly reputable neurologist wasn’t buying it, till he turned 3 and developed hyperlexia (despite speech delays). Now, the diagnosis he is carrying is encephalopathy, however she believes he is asperger’s.

My oldest son, the neurologist dropped him at 6, saying he isn’t on the spectrum. The psychologist at 7.5yrs old says he is PDD.NOS, ADD, CAPD, dysgraphic/dyspraxic. My father has said all along, he is not on the spectrum. I feel he is, but he has alot of overlap and basically an ABC diagnosis. He does have anxiety, an ADD dx, has SPD, autistic features, and mood swings. I do feel he is bipolar, dyspraxic, dysgraphic, with SPD and PDD.NOS. My father feels he is ADD, SPD, dyspraxic.

My oldest currently scores betw 47-52 on the childbrain assessment, middle son scored 82 last time some months ago. Now scoring a 71.

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Summer: To Do or Not To Do The Autism And ADHD Diet

Even as grown adults with never ending responsibilities, being a parent means that we get to relax and slow down life a bit because it’s summer. There is no school schedule or stress and daily struggle over homework or school projects. I feel like it’s a chance for the kids to just be kids and time for me to just be mom – not school enforcer! (This applies to homeschooling parents as well!)

For parents of children with ADHD and autism spectrum disorders, as well as SPD, ODD, OCD, and more, the pressures of school can be especially overwhelming. It is a constant push to help our children meet the expectations laid out before them. The demands are heavy and the stakes high.

We desire for our children to be successful in the world that isn’t set up for their needs and will stop at nothing to help them. The usual family vacations, more time spent playing outdoors, and carefree summer feeling are a welcome relief to many families, no matter what alphabet soup diagnosis their kids may have!

Although summer is a time of ease for many, that doesn’t mean we can let our guard down completely. Diligence is still needed in keeping your child’s diet for ADHD and autism. Don’t get caught in the mindset that you can eat what you want when school is out! This is a common mistake many parents make – the thought that your child’s behavior doesn’t matter as much when they don’t have to perform at school.

If we start to give in to one thing here or there, it could lead to a full backslide and make it really hard on yourself to get going with it again. I learned my share of that early on! We don’t want our kids binging on junk foods or eliminated items any more than we want them binging on “screen time” just because there is no school.

Not only is “cheating” harder on yourself as dietary planner in the end, but it is harder on your child. Allowing something “just for now” or “just this once” will keep giving them the hopes of eating it again another time. If you decide that something has be eliminated from the diet, then do it completely.

We may feel like we are giving them something special as a treat, but in reality, it creates more of a struggle for them when they can’t have it another time. It also sets up undefined boundaries and when they are out on their own, they will not have the clear example to make the right choice alone. Find acceptable treats just as you would if school were in session!

We must also consider their physical, mental, and emotional status. If we start to slip on the diet, we will see a regression into symptoms and issues that were already eliminated. For parents of children with more extreme symptoms or full autism, it would be catastrophic to see regression! If you worked so hard to get your child to where they are, you wouldn’t want them to lose any of their newfound abilities. It is easy to stay strong when the stakes are so high.

For parents of children with milder symptoms, this might not be such a big deal. What harm is there with a lack of concentration during the summer, you might ask? Not only are you setting the stage for inconsistency as already mentioned, you will raise the stress level overall, even if so mild that you don’t first realize it.

Our kids don’t just have a lack of concentration (or whatever mild symptom is at hand), but a myriad of intertwined sensations and feelings as well as internal physical reactions that can gradually worsen. It is this circumstance where your guard has to be at its highest. The mildest of change will grow and come back to surprise you eventually. Then you’ll be left wondering how that happened!

Stay strong. Remember how bad it can get with how it used to be. Go back to your beginning notes of the symptoms your child experienced before you made positive changes. Look at the old food log records to review what reactions you had in the beginning stages.

All it takes is one regression to make you realize how important it is to maintain the progress you have made! I hope these reasons to keep the diet for ADHD and autism going over summer will help you avoid all that and maintain the peace in your home.

All the negatives consequences of slipping away from your new lifestyle aside, I’ll be back again in the next article with a discussion on the benefits of upgrading your child’s diet during the summer months.

For those of you new to dietary changes for your children, here’s a little hint: There’s no better time than summer to get started!

If you’re a parent of a child with ADHD, ASD and other special needs and are looking for natural methods to help your family, visit Stephani McGirr’s http://www.nourishingjourney.com/ to receive a free twice monthly ezine full of tips, tools and recipes to help you move from struggle to success while creating a peaceful home life your family loves.

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The Perfect ABA Classroom

ABA is bigger than Autism.

ABA is not just a reputable and empirically supported treatment method for managing the symptoms of Autism. It’s much larger than that.

B.F. Skinner, the father of Operant Conditioning wrote in the book “Walden Two” about a fictional society based on everyday application of behavioral sciences. Skinner spent most of his life trying to make people understand that applying behavioral principles to everyday life could only improve society. At the time, Skinner’s writings were considered odd and unrealistic. Public opinion today hasn’t changed that much.

People still have the misconception that ABA is just for people with Autism. Or ABA is just about making bad kids behave.

ABA is for anyone who wants to improve, manage, or reduce behaviors, and a behavior is any observable and measurable action. ABA is defined as: applying behavioral constructs and theories to significant social problems. So by definition, ABA is bigger than Autism because it is meant to address any significant social problem.

Behavior Specialists or BCBA’s arent “Autism Experts”. There are some BCBA’s who have never worked with anyone with Autism and have no desire to. Being an ABA professional means you study and seek to understand behavior and you have a responsibility to share behavioral knowledge with anyone who could benefit from it. That could be a business, an adult with OCD, or a school district.

ABA at its core is a way to teach. I’m not a teacher, but much of what I do involves helping individuals learn. If I am working with a 5 year old who bites his fingers whenever he feels anxious, it is my job to teach that child replacement behaviors to handle his anxiety so he will stop biting himself. All great ABA therapists are great teachers. What would really be amazing is if all great teachers were also trained in basic ABA.

If ABA wasn’t viewed as just an “Autism thing”, maybe schools would realize how valuable ABA knowledge would be for ANY educator.

What would classrooms look like if ABA was just seen as a standard of excellence in education?

ABA Principle Reinforcement – All children would be motivated to learn based on the specific interests of that child. Internal as well as external rewards would be used so that children would have fun learning and enjoy school. Any time a child displayed learning difficulties or showed disinterest in school, their reinforcement package would be re-evaluated for effectiveness.

ABA Principle Differentiated Instruction- Children would have modified curriculum based on how they learn best. Some children may write vocabulary words on the chalkboard, while other children might type their vocabulary words on the classroom computer. It would depend on the way each individual child learns.

ABA Principle Environment is Key to Understanding Behavior- Children displaying behavioral issues would not be viewed as stupid, bad, or stubborn. The environment, such as teaching style, reinforcement, or an over-stimulating classroom, would be closely examined to look for factors maintaining poor behaviors. The ICEL method would be used so that the student is the last option to consider when learning problems happen.

ABA Principle Analysis of Data- Ongoing data analysis would be part of all curriculum, so teachers would know when a student needed new challenges or might need simpler tasks. Children in special education would be moved into inclusion classrooms based on performance data, and not based on administration preferences, or teacher opinion. This focus on not just collecting, but actually analyzing data would lead to higher accountability for teachers, districts, and administration.

ABA Principle Prompting & Fading- Prompting would be used to move a child from not knowing a skill, to knowing a skill. Prompt levels would vary depending on how much help the child needs, and reinforcement would increase as prompts decreased to encourage the child to desire to complete the task independently. All classrooms would use various prompting tools suited to the individual child so that each student in the classroom is performing to the best of their ability. For example students performing poorly in math would be allowed to take tests with calculators, and be paired with a higher performing student during independent task time. Any implemented prompts would be faded out eventually to prevent prompt dependency.

ABA Principle Conceptually Systematic- Conceptually systematic classrooms would have interventions and curriculum rooted in science. Science and research would drive critical decisions, not opinions, political hot topics, mandated testing requirements, or teacher preferences.

ABA Principle Behavior Management- ALL teachers would be trained in behavior management techniques. This would ensure more confident teachers who are thoroughly equipped to handle mild, moderate, or severe behaviors, and would reduce the need to shuttle children with behavioral problems into special education classrooms. All teachers would know how to conduct a FBA, create a behavioral intervention, and use EO to know when a student is highly motivated to learn.

ABA Principle Generalization & Maintenance- Curriculum content would be taught in multiple environments for all children to encourage retaining of information, and so the children can apply what has been learned. PE skills would be reinforced during recess time. English skills would be reinforced on field trips. Math skills would be reinforced in Art class. Review of previously learned skills would be embedded into the school day to ensure children are not regressing and to alert teachers if old material needs to be re-visited. Students who tend to lose old information more quickly than others will have their instruction modified to include more maintenance tasks.

ABA Principle 1:1 Ratio- Children would receive much of their instruction in a 1:1 or small group format (less than 5 children). The ratio would be kept small until the child has grasped the concept and is demonstrating learning, after that point large group instruction (more than 5 children) can be introduced for generalization, and social purposes. Classrooms would be smaller, and children would be divided into small groups based on ability and performance level.

ABA is for everybody. If educators, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, etc., all had even a basic understanding of ABA it would only improve upon the services they offer and increase the quality of their instruction.

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People With Autism – Coping With Autism and OCD

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After yet another rating of lining up toys or endlessly performing the same behavior over and through it’s not unusual for parents to question if their child may have not one but two disorders – autism and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). OCD is a neurological disorder that causes obsessive thoughts and behaviors and can greatly disrupt a person’s life. There are two main elements to OCD, thoughts or obsessions and compulsions or behaviors.

The obsessions are experienced as thoughts, images or impulses and can be persistent. Whereas compulsions are repetitive behaviors that the sufferer feels compelled to carry out whether they want to or not. The performance of the repetitive behaviors is usually done to reduce distress or to stop a particular event. It is common for people with an autism spectrum disorder to also display repetitive behaviors and have repetitive thoughts, comparable to those who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

OCD is a condition that generally makes sufferers feel uncomfortable with their symptoms, and wish that they could get rid of them. On the other hand children with autism are usually unconcerned with their various obsessions or behaviors and may even see them as comforting, increasing the frequency during stressful situations as a calming mechanism. There are two possible treatments for autism and OCD-like behaviors: behavioral therapy, and medication. Frequently, these two forms of therapy are prescribed together. People With Autism

The most common kind of medication prescribed for treating OCD behaviors in autistic individuals are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). SSRIs are antidepressant medications that have also shown to be helpful in reducing OCD behaviors. However, they can come with some serious side effects including an increased risk of suicide. Parents’ whose children are on SSRIs should monitor behaviors closely and report anything out of the ordinary to a medical professional.

Behavioral therapy can be another way to reduce repetitive behaviors, however there is not one treatment that has been found to be consistently effective for all cases of autism. This is due to the fact that no two cases of autism are exactly the same. Therefore, before a behavioral therapy is selected to deal with autism and OCD symptoms, an IQ test and/or functional cognitive level test will usually be administered.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) works well for lower functioning children or younger children, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy can show good results for higher functioning, more verbal children with autism. To ensure best results it is often recommended that behavioral treatments and medication be combined. The medication is usually prescribed to help the child become more open to the behavioral therapy. Since behavioral therapy can be challenging – especially as most children don’t see their OCD behaviors as undesirable – medication can make the difference in encouraging children to be open to the suggested changes.

While autism and OCD can occur in the same individual, it is much more common for children with autism to simply display behaviors that are similar to those of OCD, but that are in fact a part of their autism symptoms and not a separate case of obsessive compulsive disorder. Nonetheless, it is believed that autism and OCD based repetitive thoughts and behaviors are quite similar in the early stages of development, but become dissimilar over time as they often serve different functions within the two disorders.

Dealing with autism and OCD at an early age should be prioritized to ensure that regular childhood and life experiences such as early education occurs more smoothly. The fewer obsessive-compulsive symptoms a child with autism has generally, the more positive their educational and life experiences will be. Don’t let your child suffer anymore! Lead your child out of his world through People With Autism program now!

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