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Question?: Autism Signs In Older Children

Steven asks…

If two sons from a father have some form of autism, what is the liklihood of a third son having autism?

My husband has two sons from a previous marriage. One son has sensory intergration dysfunction and the younger son has Aspergers. My husband and I have a son together and I can’t find any information regarding whether or not this should be something we should watch for. His oldest son was diagnosed at age 2, his middle son was diagnosed at age 5. I really would like to know so we can diagnose the problem and get him the proper help if needed.

admin answers:

The incidence of a second child from the same parents also having autism is 4% compared to 1% of the general population…

Is there any other history of autism like signs on either side of the family (the father and his ex) they may help determine if its possibly more related to the father or the mother

I would suspect there is an increased chance of you child having autism–more than 1%, less than 4%

with rates so high its something to look out for even if there is no family history

if the autism components only came froom the father the risk would be 4%

if they only came from the mom, it would be 1%

if they came from both–it would depend on if you have any biologic components

how old is your son now? Diagnosis is the most important early on, it developmental screening. If your son in under 3 (in the US) call the state Early Intervention program and ask for an evaluation of his developmental skills (language, motor, social, etc) they do a better job than pediatricians…the actual eval should take about an hour–a doc does it in a few minutes

you can look up developmental milestones online and see if your son is meeting them…

It is not considered concerning until there at least a 25-33% delay in any area

REFERENCE AND REGULATION appears to be a lot like Greenspan’s DIR and also ‘Natural Environment Teaching’ and ‘Incidental Learning’ used in ABA…i have used what is described as R&R while using DIR//ABA

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Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Mark asks…

What are the signs of a autistic (spelling is probably wrong sorry.) child?

What are some signs that your child might be autistic? Is there any clear signs or is only something a doctor can see?

admin answers:

I work with children and adults that have autism. Here are some signs that you should look for. If you take your child to a specialist they will look for the same thing. These are based off the guidelines of the DSM

. Does your child enjoy being swung, bounced on your knee, etc.?
____ 2. Does your child take an interest in other children?
____ 3. Does your child like climbing on things, such as up/on chairs?
____ 4. Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo / hide & seek?
____ *5. Pretend Play (PP): Does your child ever pretend, for example, to make a cup of tea using a toy cup and teapot, or pretend other things (pouring juice)?
____ 6. Does your child ever use his or her index finger to point, to ask for something?
____ *7. Protodeclarative Pointing (PDP): Does your child ever use his or her index finger to point, to indicate interest in something?
____ 8. Can your child play properly with small toys (e.g. Cars or blocks) without just mouthing, fiddling, or dropping them?
____ 9. Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent), to show you something?

When you take your child to get checked out, at the appointment they will look specifically for these things:

Eye Contact: During the appointment, has the child made eye contact with you?
____ *ii. Gaze monitoring (GM): Get the child’s attention, then point across the room at an interesting object and say, “Oh Look! There’s a (name of a toy)!” Watch the child’s face. Does the child look across to see what you are pointing at? (To record a YES, make sure the child does not just look at your hand, but at the object you are pointing at).
____ *iii. Pretend Play (PP): Get the child’s attention, then give the child a miniature toy cup and teapot and say, “Can you make a cup of tea?” Does the child pretend to pour out tea and drink it? (If you can elicit an example of pretending in some other game, score a YES on this item).
____ *iv. Protodeclarative Pointing (PDP): Say to the child, “Where’s the light?” or “Show me the light.” Does the child point with their index finger at the light? (Repeat this with, “Where’s the bear?” or some other unreachable object if the child does not understand the word light. To record a YES on this item, the child must have looked up at your face around the time of pointing).
____ v. Block Tower: Can the child build a tower of blocks? (If so how many?)

Everyone with autism is different so your child may not display the “typical symtons of autism”. This is why is it important to not only observe your child in its environment, but also set up situations and take note on how ur child responds or doesnt respond to the problem.
I really hope this helps. Autism can be a great thing as long as you know what tools work best for your child.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Infants

Ken asks…

Around what age is autism typically diagnosed?

Can it really be recognized in infants? If so, does the margin for misdiagnosis go up significantly in children so young? Will an autistic child always show signs so early or is it easy to miss until they are well into toddlerhood?
Alexandra – I’m just curious, I’m not concerned about Ari or anything…she *did* make me think of it because she has been engaging in some obsessive behavior lately…she’ll discover something new and do it over and over and over again, but I’m pretty sure that’s normal. It just made me wonder how you determine what’s “normal” and what isn’t when it comes to really young children/babies…their behavior is so all over the place, it just seems to me that it would be nearly impossible to diagnosis behavior abnormalities in children her age and younger.

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I have a friend who’s son is the same age as mine (18 months). She’s mentioned in the past her fear that her son has ADHD or Autism. Her son’s first Aunt has autism, not sure what spectrum but she functions at the level of a baby, literally, and she’s a grown woman. She doesn’t talk and can’t be left alone and must be fully cared for.

Me, trying to be a comforting and good friend instantly dismissed her fears and worries. Told her these things could be normal, he’s fine, don’t worry, some kids are just different. And I honestly believed so at the time. I thought she was being a worried mom and I personally never noticed anything especially off about her son. Until I got to spend more and more time with her son and she pointed things out to me and I looked up some info. He does thinks like when he’s excited he makes this strange noise and flaps his arms and slaps his own face over and over and over. He’s delayed verbally and I felt it could be normal and he was just taking his time. All kids develop differently. But the few words he does know he only mimics the words, he does not actually seem to know what they mean, he just says them to say them or when she asks him to. I often feel terrible for her because her child is the most difficult child I’ve ever seen, and she does such a good job at keeping her cool. He has zero attention span and is always on the go, running here and there and then he throws a tantrum when she tries to settle him. But he does not move or be active with a purpose, he just runs around for the sake of moving. And he is always throwing a fit about something but never seems to have the ability to tell her and does not even try to gesture or point or anything. I’ve never in my life seen a child that threw more fits and especially over nothing than her son. I feel really bad for her sometimes and often feel like she should get a reward for how well she copes.

Anyway, I have started to see what she’s talking about when she said she’s worried. And am feeling bad for being so dismissive of her worries when she brought them up to me. And now I don’t know how to tell her I think she has a reason to worry and if he were my son I’ve have him evaluated or keep a close eye on him. I don’t know how to bring it back up, or say “maybe you were right and need to have him checked”. I mean how does one do that to a friend, and worry her even more?

My son does some things and I just think “oh, how very odd and strange”. He even does a few things that would be on the “signs for autism”. Like he sorts and stacks things and loves having things in their proper place and he is very particular and will focus on one thing for quite some time. The other day we were at the park with my friend and her son… There her son was running around like a madman and my son was in the same place for nearly 45 minutes sorting bark in the outdoor play kitchen on the playground. I thought “how strange, he’s on a playground with so many things to climb on and here he stands sorting bark and rocks, how odd”. But that’s the only “sign” he shows and I do not feel he has Autism or feel I have any reason to worry. He’s social, friendly, has age appropriate development and skills and seems to be a normal child to me.

As mothers we worry and are always on the look out for “what ifs”. But we also need to go with what our gut tells us! My gut tells me my son is fine and perfectly healthy. If my gut was telling me “something is very wrong”, I would have him evaluated or at least bring it up to the ped.

As far as an age, I’ve heard of kids not being diagnosed till they were already as old as teens. But the youngest kid I’ve ever heard of being diagnosed was 20 months. But he was extremely delayed and showed all the obvious signs, he even walked on his tip toes. So I feel for some kids it is possible to diagnose it early on, but others may not show any real signs until much later.

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Jenny asks…

Do you think I lost my outgoing nature from autism?

I think I might have autism. Every since my 13th birthday, I lost my outgoing glow around my relatives. I’m now gloomy and shy around them and I get nervous if I made eye contact with them, I only make eye contact to people I know really good.
I’ve actually had social problems since I was 11.

admin answers:

No, absolutely not. Autism is something people are born with or develop at a very young age- it shows up when a kid is between 1-3 or 4 years old usually? If you weren’t showing signs of it before you were 13, you don’t have it.

This sounds more like normal phase/stage of shyness or maybe anxiety disorder of some kind. Are you nervous around other people besides particular relatives or do you worry about social situations or crowds or thngs like that? If you start avoiding people because of it or are just feeling nervous a lot talk to your parents or your doctor.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Older Children

George asks…

Is too much independent play a sign of autism?

My daughter is completely content playing by herself pretty much all day long. She constantly wanders off by herself. Do children with autism typically behave this way? She’s 11 months old.

admin answers:

OMG that is so normal for an 11 month old. In fact until they are two years old they don’t play with other kids. They play along side each other but not with each other.

Relax, she is only 11 months old.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Children

Robert asks…

Is there a child disability that causes the child to mimic others?

My sister’s boyfriend’s sister’s daughter is past the age that a child would normally talk and I guess she just mimics what other people say, but doesnt say anything herself. Not sure what it could be so if you would like to share any information, it would be appreciated

admin answers:

Autism. It’s called echolalia. It does not necessarily indicate severe autism, don’t worry. Echolalia can be in different forms; the 3 ways that come to mind are:
*Repeating directly what was just said
E.g.
-“How are you?”
-“How are you?”

*Repeating part of what was just said
E.g.
-“How are you?”
-“Are you fine”

*Repeating from quotes

Some children will have no speech other than what is echolalic, and others will have some echolalic, and some not. There are two theories as to why autistic children do it. One is that perhaps they know that a conversation should be back-and-forth, but they do not know how to respond so they just repeat. The other is (the one that I believe) that they can understand and process the language better if they repeat it to themselves. With the third case above, that is sometimes a verbal “stim” (autistic behaviour such as hand flapping, rocking, etc also falls under this “stim” category which is repetitive, apparently useless behaviour), so basically the kid likes the way the word or phrase sounds, so they repeat it.

What you described is however NOT enough to say it is definitely autism. There could be another reason. Autistic people fall under 3 categories of “deficits” (or whatever you want to call them), which are communication, socialization and behaviour. Elements of all three categories must be present for the person to be autistic. You can find a whole list of signs by Googling it. If you’re concerned, a speech therapist or doctor can help you.

Good luck

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Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Jenny asks…

Is 50 years old too old to start a special education job?

I am 48 and thinking about going for Special Education program. However, friends told me that sped jobs are exhausting. Do you know anyone who worked as special education teacher AND retired on this job? I worried if what my friends said was true, then I might work a few years and burn out before I retire. Is it better if I go for Mild and Moderate disabilities such as ADHD and Autism?

admin answers:

What about learning sign language and becoming a deaf interpreter in a public school system?

Once in awhile I will look at the job postings in public school districts. The deaf interpreter can make $15.00 to $30.00 an hour working with a student who is hearing impaired.

Plus if you feel that working with children & adolescents is difficult. You may enjoy working with adults who are deaf or hearing impaired. There is also an opportunity to be a freelance interrupter. (meaning you can sign for who ever you want!)

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Paul asks…

How good is eye contact supposed to be in a toddler?

I have a 19 month old little girl who is extremely smart. She isn’t speaking yet and we are getting early intervention for her language/cognitive skills. Her pediatrician, speech therapist, interventionist, and playgroup director have all told me she is not autistic (or seems to be) and really just needs a jump start to better her communication and speech. I always thought that she had good eye contact. I never thought that she had a problem looking at me. However, recently, I’ve noticed that it’s been harder to grasp her eye contact. Of course it’s still there but she seems so much more into things and busy. If she’s playing with something, she won’t even turn to me anymore unless I say something that sparks her attention. I’ve looked at other kids her age and they seem to look right into my eyes. Is this something common of children her age or is this something that I should bring up at intervention. I would like some opinions of those with other kids. Thanks!

admin answers:

I would definitely bring it up. Lack of eye contact can be an early sign of autism. I’m not saying that’s what it is but any information that you think is important should be brought up. When you talk to her, does she look at you? It’s normal for kids to be so engrossed in an activity that they hardly give you the time of day. When you do get her attention, does she look around you or is it brief eye contact? Again, I would bring it up. If it’s worriesome to you, it’s worth noting. Good luck to you and your daughter! 🙂

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Pictures

Paul asks…

Why is my 2 yr old not talking or paying attention?

I have a 2 yr old, she is very active, interacts with others, looks at me when she needs something. As far a physical abilities shes great and slowly shes starting learn new things, but she is still not talking she will bable in her own language but never try to focus on what we are saying. She is in speech therapy as well as developmental therapy and no there is not sign of autism nor hearing problems. I am concerned what else it could be. Also, she does understand the meaning of no and let’s go. Most of the time when I call her she will not look at me and if she does she will turn back around to continue what she is doing. She does follow signs and gestures but when I point to something she will look at me and my finger but not the direction my finger is going in. If I tell her come here she will only do it at times and other times she will just ignore. Any idea what this could be? I talked to the pediatrician and she could not figure it out as well. Any other tests that could be done or is just a delay? I also tried showing her family pictures and I know she will not be able to name the people but she does not show any interest or show that she even knows them she will quickly turn the page. im assuming most kids would at least have a smile on their face or point or something if they saw a familiar face or even stare for a little bit. Help!
Ashley- I already spoke to her doctor

admin answers:

Since you’ve spoke to her doctor can you take the next step, ask to see a developmental ped?

Take the opportunity to rule out conditions such as Angelman, Fragile X or Rett Syndrome (these conditions are genetic, ruling them in or out is important it may alter your therapy plan, syndromes might also have medical conditions you should be aware of and with research treatment, related to the core deficiencies of these syndromes is rapidly evolving).

Sources provided below on the conditions listed above. Good luck, I hope you find your answers.

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Question?: Autism Signs 2 Year Old

Chris asks…

how do you deal with unruly children?

their not mine, but i have them all the time. their mother is a single mother that lets them get away with any and everything. the oldest is 4 the other is 2. the 4 year old doent talk to me, or mind and the 2 year old listens, but when i get on to him he bashes him head on thing. what do i do ?

admin answers:

They aren’t behaving like that because they are from a single parent family, they are behaving like that because they apparently have no discipline. I teach preschool and I see kids from two parent families act like that all the time. The Head Banging is most likely an anger issue, he isn’t liking being told no. I wouldn’t worry too much about it…..he isn’t going to bang his head hard enough to hurt himself…..if it hurts he is going to stop, unless he is suffering from a mental illness….which could cause him to not have the stop reaction when he does something that causes pain. I would just lay down the rules with both of them, stick to them like glue, and have consequences if they aren’t following the rules. They are kids and you can’t expect complete compliance, but you can expect them to follow basic rules and to listen. If the four year old throws a toy….give him a warning…if you throw the toy again I am going to put it away. If he throws it again, put it away…he will likely throw a tantrum…but he will survive. Be consistent. Too many parents are too busy working and trying to do normal everyday things like laundry/cooking/etc to parent the way that they need to.

I would talk to mom and let her know that you will not tolerate the behavior and that you are laying down some rules. If she doesn’t like it she can be free to find another sitter, although by the sounds of it, that may be difficult.

I would also suggest that she may want to have both children evaluated for developmental delays/Learning disabilities. A four year old child who doesn’t talk (does he talk at home?) is a huge autism flag…..the not listening would go right along with that. Head banging can also be a sign of problems. It would be a good idea for them to be evaluated.

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