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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Robert asks…

Could me and my fiance still have children if he has schizophrenia?

Someone told me that because my fiance is schizophrenic we would have any children we had taken off us. He went through a bad patch 3 years ago and got into trouble with the police, he went on to medication and had intense physiatric help. When we got together he became a lot calmer and he hasn’t had an episode since, he has been off medication for awhile now. So would this effect us in the future when we decide to have children?

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If there is one parent who is competent at all times, and if the parent with schizophrenia has a meltdown, the other spouse was sure to take care of that child at all times, there is no reason for the state to intervene. The issues come up when the child is neglected or otherwise at risk. Most people with schizophrenia are never violent (that’s substance abuse plus mental illness that can increase violence) so the diagnosis alone would rarely be used to take a child away, and in those cases, that’s probably illegal, but the person with schizophrenia cannot afford a good lawyer.

You know, a one time bad patch with psychosis doesn’t mean a person has schizophrenia. It used to be said that a person would have a nervous breakdown, and it was well known that the person would recover and be fine. Nowadays, everybody assumes if a person got psychosis, that they are mentally ill for life and better take their pills. Not true!

Schizophrenia is not particularly genetic. Maybe a little, but not strongly so.

I hope he is in therapy and learning coping skills and stress reduction, to reduce the risk of further break downs.

Good luck!

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Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Sharon asks…

A question about genetics. I have a child with ?

PDD-NOS, which is an autism spectrum disorder. I’ve read that normally people have a 1 in 150 chance of having a child with autism, but it jumps up to 1 in 20 for people who already have an autistic child.

My question is, does anyone know what my chances would be of having a child with classic autism or Rett‘s syndrome? I’m not worried about having a child with PDD-NOS or Aspergers, but I do have concerns about having a child with classic autism.
Hi Sally! Last July my son had been checked for Fragile X since he not only has PDD, but also scored low on a few I.Q. tests and has hyper-flexibility in his joints. However, he was not found to have this condition. I thank God, because I was terrified.

He’s seeing the genetics counselor again next Monday (for what, I do not know) but when I had asked the doctor the question, I didn’t receive much more than an answer that I have around a 1 in 20 chance of having another child with an ASD, but wasn’t informed on the risk for having one with classic autism. I was just hoping that possibly someone here knew the risk.

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Hi …I am not sure but i was told i ‘might’ have another child with autism if i were to have another baby, i know a lady who has three children two girls and a boy the two older girls both have autism one more severe than the other the boy doesn’t have problems, so i would say yes there is always a chance

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Question?: Schizophrenia Causes

Thomas asks…

Is it bialogical jeans truma and pot smoking that causes schizophrenia?

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Yes, it appears to be a combination of factors. You can be genetically predisposed to schizophrenia if there are others in your family with the disease (but that doesn’t mean that you’ll get the disease). Stress and trauma during pregnancy, childhood or adolescence can increase your risk of schizophrenia. Having an older father can increase your risk of schizophrenia. People who smoke pot and carry certain genes for schizophrenia have a 1000% increased risk of developing the disease. But environment also plays a factor. A stable family environment with minimal stress reduces your risk of getting schizophrenia. Here’s more information:


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Question?: Treatment For Autism

Lisa asks…

Do treatments for autism like gluten-free diets really work?

At least that’s what a lot of parents of autistic s claim any how. How effective are they really,or is it really just more ‘snake oil’, or maybe various treatments work better for some than for others, I don’t know!

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They don’t work.

Go to…


to get the facts. GFCF diets work only for those who have Celiac disease. They are dangerous for everyone else because of the risk of protein malnutrition.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms 18 Months

Linda asks…

At what age does the risk for developing autism go down?

Or is there a cut off age when a child/baby is no longer in the danger zone (so to speak) for getting autism?

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Autism is not something that a child “gets” or is at a risk of “getting”. They’re either born with it or they are not.

The signs are not always evident in early infancy, but once the child doesn’t reach certain developmental milestones on time they usually undergo an evaluation and can in some cases be diagnosed with autism.

Autism is often detected between the ages 18 months and 3 years, but sometimes it’s diagnosed later than that. It can be a tricky task to diagnose autism, so sometimes the diagnosis is not confirmed until later, but usually there will be suspicion that something may be wrong.

For more information see http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/searching-for-answers/symptoms

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Question?: Adhd Medications

Betty asks…

Does anyone know the number of child deaths caused by adhd medications?

I am very concerned and would like to keep my child off any adhd medications.

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There have been something like 14 deaths. This is a very low rate. And as far as researchers can tell, ALL DEATHS WERE IN CHILDREN WITH HEART PROBLEMS. So your child should have a physical exam before taking meds. If he doesn’t have a heart problem, there’s nothing to worry about. These medications have been used for 50 years with very little risk. Read the label on the medication – there is a warning about this.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

David asks…

Do parents reserve the right to refuse vaccinations?

What information, if any, is available that links over vaccination to autism?

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Yes, you can, but as others are saying, please do thorough research.

You may have heard about the measles outbreak in the US. It’s striking people who weren’t vaccinated. Every past outbreak has killed infants and children. I am sure that those parents never thought that it would their unvaccinated children who would die.

The truth is that there has never been a proven link between autism and vaccines although there is some compelling evidence suggesting a possible link. It may be true. It simply hasn’t been proven to be true.

The decision point for me was answering the question “Do I want a living child with autism? Or a child to die from a preventable childhood disease?”

Once I phrased the question that way, I vaccinated my son without hesitation.

People may argue with this way of asking the question or thinking of it this way, but the truth is that by not vaccinating you are gambling with your child’s life.

You never know where the person standing next to you even at the grocery store has been. The world has gotten much smaller. Any person could have returned two days ago from a trip to Indonesia or Africa or Sri Lanka or another foreign area. If that person was exposed to an illness, they could be carrying it even if they don’t have symptoms or aren’t sickened by it really. If they touch or breath on your child or touch your cart which your child then touches, your child is exposed.

I simply wasn’t willing to take the risk.

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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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Autism Behavior – Ways to Beat The Summer Blues!

Given the nature of autism behavior, summer can actually be more difficult for kids with autism than most. In fact, many parents with kids who have autism dread the start of summer. Why? Summer wrecks with kids’ routine. Summer is full of endless days with nothing to do and no plan, no routine, no schedule. If there is one surefire thing you could possibly do to cause tantrums and bad autism behavior in kids with autism, it is to remove their schedule.

Beat the Summertime Blues

All year long, kids with autism can at least rely on a few simple things. The yellow school bus which takes them to school, their classes and activities during school, and the yellow school bus to take them home. Love them or hate them, at least they’re there. And having your day structured in some way, for a child with autism, is so much infinitely better than doing nothing.

So what do you do? Well, you have several options.

1. Extended School Year

Some schools will offer extended school year programs to those at risk for falling behind or those who need the extra enrichment and learning that extended school year programs provide. Many kids with autism need consistent learning or else they will start the school year way behind where they left off. They might even end the school year ahead, but they will forget all they learned during the summer and often regress without the structure that school provides.

Often, autism behavior that is problematic masks problems underneath – in this case, that the child needs more stimulation and engaging activities. Ask your special education teacher or principal about this option.

2. Summer Camps

There are, of course, also summer camps. There are dozens of different kinds of summer camps you could send your child to. Decide what is most important for you and your child. Do you want to work on social and communication skills in an autism focused environment? There are camps for that. Do you want to send your child to camp focused on his interests, such as a Lego camp, sports, or arts and crafts? There are camps for that.

Your local Town Recreation department usually has a selection of camps for kids in the summer at relatively low-cost. Often, they will even have summer camp programs designed for those with special needs. You can often get an aide to help your child participate in these activities. The key is planning ahead. Start early. Find out as early as possible in the year whom you will have to talk to and get permission from to get your child the services they need over the summer.

Doing so gives you the best chance of taking the negative autism behavior symptoms you often see in your child during the summer and turning them into positive ones.

Summer Camp Options

You can look at a site like autism.about.com/od/schoolandsummer/tp/camplistings.htm camps to find autism related summer camps that might be good for your child — or just talk to your local autism society chapter or doctor. Sometimes you can find a great program locally, and sometimes you have to travel for it. Such programs usually incorporate therapy, academics, social skills learning, fields trips and just plain fun into a smorgasbord for autism learning and increasing positive autism behavior.

3. Create a summer learning routine for your child

Learning does not have to stop just because school has. Many experts will recommend that you develop units of learning during the summer to enrich your child’s learning. In other words, make your home into a part-time school. Have theme weeks, such as learning about sea creatures with a trip to the aquarium. Learn about mammals and take a trip to the zoo. Take advantage of Internet lesson plans and learning resources.

Try to build a routine for your child over the summer so they will know what to expect. Designate some time each day for learning about a topic of interest to your child, then some time for an activity in the community like the swimming pool, the movies or a museum.

Community activities

The nice things about museums are they often free or low-cost, and some have special programs for kids with special needs. Kids’ museums in particular sometimes have autism only days where kids with autism and their parents can have the whole place to themselves. This means they won’t have to explain autism behavior to others and can be free to express themselves however they want.

Get into arts and crafts, or develop new hobbies. Summer is a time for learning and exploring interests that there wasn’t time for during the school year. Just make sure there is some routine to all this, and you’ll be all set. Your child will be enriched, happy, and you will see positive autism behavior (less or no meltdowns, more engagement) if you find a way to engage your child in a routine this summer.

And for further tips and techniques to help children with autism live a happy and fulfilled life, go to the web site AspergersSociety.org and http://www.autismparenthood.com/. There you will be able to sign up for the free Asperger’s and Autism newsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved ones thrive on the autism spectrum.

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Dealing With Embarrassing Situations As a Parent of a Child With Autism

Every once in a while parents are embarrassed by their child’s behavior or the factual remarks they make, such as pointing to a person next to you in line and claiming, “she’s fat!” Moments like this can be very uncomfortable but fortunately do not occur often, but the risk may be higher if you are a parent of a child with Autism.

All children eventually learn how to regulate their behavior and speech but children on the Autism spectrum tend to be slower at acquiring this skill. Children with autism experience the same world we live in but in a dramatically different way and they are limited in their ability to read social situations.

Most children with autism don’t even realize that their behaviors are socially unacceptable. Some of these behaviors may include:

1. inappropriate touching or invading another’s space,

2. handflapping, spinning or stimming

3. fascinations with particular objects,

4. extreme displays of affection or the exact opposite.

Some children respond aggressively when least expected and many have sensory issues that produce bizarre reactions to food textures, tastes, light, sound and smells.

Therefore, as a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum the possibility of having your child commit a social ‘faux pas’ in public is high. Unfortunately, until we are able create more awareness about Autism and minimize the judgmental reactions of others, parents will have to continue to deal with some embarrassing situations deemed ‘socially inappropriate’ by onlookers.

Eventually, you may develop a protective armor from the piercing looks of disgruntled strangers that just don’t understand but what can you do in the meantime?

Finding ways to minimize or prevent the number of embarrassing incidents you might have to endure is one option. Here are some strategies to consider that might help.

Remember, you are your child’s best teacher. Your child may be receiving therapies that work on building appropriate social skills but you are with your child 24/7. Don’t overlook potentially embarrassing actions and address them as they occur by telling and showing your child what to do instead, how to do it and when.

Appeal to the way your child’s brain works best. Most children on the Autism spectrum are very visual so use pictures, photos, lists or video modeling to communicate with your child. Some may respond better to auditory input, so make a recording for your child with step-by-step instructions for them to listen to. Others may need to be physically manipulated by taking their hand and demonstrating just how much pressure to apply to petting an animal or touching people.

Be persistent. Constant repetition and reinforcement will eventually work to instill more suitable behaviors in your child. It typically takes twenty-one repetitions of an action before a new behavior becomes a habit but a brain that is wired differently may take more time – so start early, practice often, practice some more and have patience.

Use distraction. Plan ahead when going out in public and bring a bag of tricks with you to divert your child’s attention when your gut begins sending you a warning that something potentially unacceptable might occur. Fill a backpack with stress relievers and favorite items that will quickly catch your child’s interest.

Give people information. If all else fails, be prepared with a short statement to say to others that will enlighten them. Some parents carry around cards that explain their child’s behavior and may even provide suggestions for being helpful or information about websites that educate people about Autism.

Ignore onlookers. It takes time to build up the confidence, courage and a secure sense-of-self necessary to disregard the gawkers and disapproving stares that you may encounter. Begin building your protective armor by forcing yourself to focus on your child who really needs you to respond appropriately in that moment. Try creating a mantra to recite in circumstances such as these that would reassure you and help you concentrate on what is most important – your child.

Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Remember that every child has the potential to call attention to themselves or fall apart and every parent has the capacity to handle it inappropriately at times so don’t be hard on yourself after an episode such as this. Tell yourself you did the best you could and use it as a learning experience to gain insight about what you might do differently the next time.

Connie Hammer, MSW, parent educator, consultant and coach, guides parents of young children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to uncover abilities and change possibilities. Visit her website http://www.parentcoachingforautism.com/ to get your FREE resources – a parenting e-course, Parenting a Child with Autism – 3 Secrets to Thrive and a weekly parenting tip newsletter, The Spectrum.

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