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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thomas asks…

How do you know if a child has mild autism ?

My friend has a 5 yr old son who can say a few words then cuts of into bable. She doesn’t talk “baby talk” to him. When she wants to get his attention he avoids eye contact by rolling his eyes in every direction. When we took him to the fair certain noise would bother him and he would cover his ears. The noise didn’t even have to be high pitched or very loud. When she asked the doctor about his speech, he simply said it was a speech impediment that once he starts school he will get help for it. I’m not sure how to approach her about it either.

admin answers:

DON’T WAIT UNTIL HE STARTS SCHOOL!

Early intervention is key in cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disorder, and delayed speech.

Please ask her to take the following steps immediately:

Find a pediatrician that specializes in children with developmental disabilities.

Contact the school system for a complete evaluation (this is free, and could have been before the child trained 3!).

The school system will choose a team of professionals to evaluate the child, including, but not limited to a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a school adjustment counselor, a school psychologist, a teacher and an expert in special education. His parents will be part of the team, and they may bring any experts they so choose to the team meetings.

The child’s new pediatrician will submit a recommendation for the services the child needs. The child may require an independent evaluation by additional specialists (pediatric neurologist, etc. To develop a treatment plan.

Make sure that the team adopts the recommendations of his pediatrician and specialists in their entirety; appeal the team’s decision, if necessary.

The team will develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that specifies the services to be provided and the frequency of the provision, as well as the modifications that will be made to “regular” education to accommodate him.

His parents have the right to accept or reject the IEP, in whole or in part, and appeal same, in whole or in part. If they choose to appeal and another, independent evaluation is required, the school must pay for the evaluation.

The school system is required BY LAW to provide early intervention services beginning at age 3, so he will probably begin in a special program, immediately.

This is a very complex subject not easily dealt with in this forum, however the above is a start. DON’T WAIT!

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Michael asks…

What careers are out there that work with autistic and down syndrome children?

I am a junior in college and my major is Special Education. I want to teach special education, but I was thinking about continuing my education and getting a masters in Psychology. My dream job would be working with autistic or down syndrome children in the hospital atmosphere. Do you know of any other careers other than Special Education? Thanks =)

admin answers:

Still within special education is “gifted” teacher. In my experience many of the “gifted” children have a form of autism called Asperger Syndrome, which is what makes them “gifted” in certain areas and lacking in others such as socialization and people skills.

Another job series involving many autistic and down syndrome children is neurotherapy. Neurotherapy clinics typically have speech pathologist, physical therapist, and occupational therapists. These are usually clinics where patients come in for treatment sessions of 1 hr increments.

As far as a hospital setting, there are “developmental centers” for those with down syndrome or autism. These are live-in, around the clock care centers for those with severe developmental delays. They usually have doctors, psychiatric nurses, aides with special psychology training, activity coordinators, dietary specialists, food service people, etc. Basically all the same professions as a nursing home. However, there are not as many of these as there used to be. It has been my experience that most families now chose to keep developmenally delayed and handicapped children at home and send them to regular or special schools, as well as seek out patient treatments for them in clinical setting.

There are also many summer camps designed especially for those with down syndrome and autism. It would probably be good for you to apply as a camp counselor and work at one of these for the summer to be sure this is the right path for you. Plus it would give you experience for the resume.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Treatment

Chris asks…

Help with my parents and school teachers?

I have aspergers syndrome and i feel nervous when i speak with my parents or teachers for help. i know they are here to help me and others, but i feel nervous when i ask for anything. help, something, etc. i need some help. if anyone has a solution for helping me that will be gratefully appreciated. thank you for spending your time to help me and others out on yahoo.

admin answers:

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is used to treat such problems by relieving stress on the central nervous system. Therapists use touch to unblock areas of the body where cerebrospinal fluid has been trapped. It can be used on its own or with complementary therapies, and must be administered by trained providers. Read on to learn more about how to use craniosacral therapy for treatment.

1. Contact a trained craniosacral therapy provider, such as a chiropractor, osteopath or physical therapist. Providers apply gentle pressure to help balance cerebrospinal fluid throughout the body, which can create a calming effect and lessen the stress. CST is the best treatment for Asperger’s Syndrome or help people with Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

2. Prepare to spend about an hour for each treatment, during which the provider will touch the neck, feet, jaws and tailbone.

3. Know what to expect. Craniosacral therapy cannot cure autism, but some parents feel that their child is more relaxed after treatment and makes more consistent eye contact. Many people feel that CST can bolster the immune system in general, improve communication skills in children, improve behavior, impulse control and concentration and improve social interaction.

Combine Craniosacral Therapy With Complementary Treatments
1. Eliminate yeast, gluten and dairy from your child’s diet. Many people believe that autism is caused by food allergies, as well as pollutants and excess metals in the body, such as mercury. Anti-fungal medications, diet modifications and the elimination of metals in the system can help the detoxification process, which can strengthen the immune system and improve health.

2. Massage for 15 minutes before bedtime. Studies have shown that massage helps children sleep better and improves concentration. Children who receive massage also have fewer behavioral problems and better social interaction.

3. Participate in music therapy. Music has a calming effect on autistic children and can improve language skills. Some autistic children are able to sing before they can speak. Music therapy also encourages social interaction and group participation.

4. Use therapeutic exercise monitored by physical therapists to build strength and improve posture, balance and motor skills.

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