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Question?: Angry Autistic Kids

Laura asks…

Does Baby Always Have Problems When Mother Does Drugs?

Have you ever known anyone who did drugs during their pregnancy. and what was the out come for the baby. I know the baby can have a lot of problems. but was wondering if this is always the case. is it possible for mother to do drugs, and baby turns out fine. just curious.

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It is very possible for the baby to turn out fine, it actually happens a lot. I know many people that have done drugs during their pregnancy and their children are completely normal/healthy. I also know people that did drugs during their pregnancy and their babies are not completely normal/healthy. One of my friends (kind of a friend…more like family friend) did opiates, suboxone, and was prescribed subutex during her pregnancy with her son and he is now a few months away from turning three and only says four words. She refuses to get him checked for developmental problems and speech problems but I’m like 98% sure that he is autistic. He is very violent towards animals, gets very angry over little things and won’t give up on things like a normal kid would (i.e- he was playing with this model car that had two seats in the front with doors that opened and he was putting mighty beans into the seats but was getting VERY angry because only two mighty beans would fit….he spent like 15 minutes trying to fit more mighty beans into that car and would have continued to try if I hadn’t taken it away from him. The poor kid was clenching his fists and huffing and puffing over something that a normal kid his age wouldn’t have cared about after the first or second try!), he is also very smart and remembers EVERYTHING but won’t talk no matter how much you try and make him. If you are addicted to drugs, there are programs out there for pregnant women that will help you safely get off of them or they will put you on a maintenance medication like subutex or methadone. I’m talking more along the lines of opiates and pills and stuff. Meth and coke are a totally different story and you rarely hear about a baby coming out even close to healthy when the mother does either of those drugs during her pregnancy.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Children

John asks…

What age did your child put together jigsaw puzzles?

My son is 4 and loves to put together 150-200 piece puzzles. He will sit for hours on end and focus only on his puzzle. He was treated for speech problems at age 2-3. Is this normal for a four year old to concentrate so long? Do you think he is on the autism spectrum? Thanks.

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This one sign alone would not cause me to think he might be on the spectrum, although it is very unusual for a 4 year old to be interested in 200 pc puzzles for hours without wanting help/getting frustrated. I have an almost 5 year old who happens to be ahead of her peers intellectually, but she would NEVER spend hours on one puzzle. However, her sister who is 2 years younger and not nearly as ahead at this age, is MUCH better at puzzles than she is!

Have you googled it and looked for other signs of autism or autism spectrum disorder? I understand your concern, but he could just be a very cognitive little boy! Apparently, my brother was playing chess with my dad by age 5 and was very good at it! He’s not at all autistic, just very, very intelligent and very in to “mind” games (AKA the intellectual type). Maybe you just have a little “genius” on your hands!

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Mark asks…

What is the distinguishing factor between catatonic schizophrenia and the other types of schizophrenia?

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Catatonic schizophrenia is most defined by the movement or speech of the individual. People with catatonic schizophrenia can vary between two extremes…too much movement or too little. This can manifest as rigid posturing held for hours or even days at a time, or on the opposite extreme it can manifest as too much movement that seemingly has no purpose…such as pacing or other repetitive movements. People with catatonic schizophrenia may also talk very little or talk very fast…or speech may not be affected.

Paranoid schizophrenia is characterized by the prevalence of hallucinations and delusions of persecution. They often believe that there are conspiracies against them or that people are trying to hurt them. Movement and speech problems can still occur but with much less frequency or severity.

Disorganized schizophrenia is characterized by a problem in speech or actions. People with this type may dress in a manner that does not appear to make sense or is bizarre (such as wearing several coats in the summer). Or, their speech may be affected in a manner that causes them to talk in a pattern that is hard to follow or with words that seem to be out of order. They may jump from topic to topic without others being able to find a connection between the topics.

Undifferentiated schizophrenia is diagnosed when people exhibit symptoms common in the other types. For example, being paranoid, having hallucinations, and having very disorganized speech. Or having hallucinations and rigid posturing.

But really the distinguishing factor with catatonic schizophrenia is the pattern of movement…be it too little or too much.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms Toddler Boys

John asks…

Could my 2 yr old son have autism?

I have a 2 yr old boy an he doesent talk yet, well nothing pastt mama baba. He throws servere tantrems sometimes I dont even know why he is so upset. he loves to run and seems completly absessed with cars but thats really all he plays with he shows little intrest in other toys. when he watches tv its like he gets sucked into it and cant take his gaze off. Most of the time when i speak to him he aks like he cant hear me and continues what he is doing and if i interupt him he starts screamng. I have never seen any other children his age throw tantrums as often and the way he does, he will throw hisself on the floor an sometimes he hurts hisself doing this. He had a really bad fibril sezure when he was one and has had 2 very small ones since. but i am really getting concerned because of his behavior and speech problems.
Yes my son has had his hearing tested. i also read that many autistic kids have servere allergies and bowel problems. my son is allerigic to milk products. and was also diagnosed with the childhood form of irritable bowel. as far as communication, well evey morning when we get up i have to pick him up so he can look to see what he wants then he either points or grabs what he wants. he turned two on june2 i dont plan on having him tested untill he is at least 3. i dont want to jump to conclushions. but alot of friends and family have sudgested i have him checked for autism

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Autism is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than one single symptom. The main characteristics are impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Other aspects, such as atypical eating, are also common but are not essential for diagnosis.[19]

[edit] Social development

Autistic people have social impairments and often lack the intuition about others that many people take for granted. Noted autistic Temple Grandin described her inability to understand the social communication of neurotypicals as leaving her feeling “like an anthropologist on Mars”.[20]

Social impairments become apparent early in childhood and continue through adulthood. Autistic infants show less attention to social stimuli, smile and look at others less often, and respond less to their own name. Autistic toddlers have more striking social deviance; for example, they have less eye contact and anticipatory postures and are less likely to use another person’s hand or body as a tool.[18] Three- to five-year-old autistic children are less likely to exhibit social understanding, approach others spontaneously, imitate and respond to emotions, communicate nonverbally, and take turns with others. However, they do form attachments to their primary caregivers.[21] They display moderately less attachment security than usual, although this feature disappears in children with higher mental development or less severe ASD.[22] Older children and adults with ASD perform worse on tests of face and emotion recognition.[23]

Contrary to common belief, autistic children do not prefer to be alone. Making and maintaining friendships often proves to be difficult for those with autism. For them, the quality of friendships, not the number of friends, predicts how lonely they are.[24]

There are many anecdotal reports, but few systematic studies, of aggression and violence in individuals with ASD. The limited data suggest that in children with mental retardation, autism is associated with aggression, destruction of property, and tantrums. Dominick et al. Interviewed the parents of 67 children with ASD and reported that about two-thirds of the children had periods of severe tantrums and about one third had a history of aggression, with tantrums significantly more common than in children with a history of language impairment.[25]

[edit] Communication

About a third to a half of individuals with autism do not develop enough natural speech to meet their daily communication needs.[26] Differences in communication may be present from the first year of life, and may include delayed onset of babbling, unusual gestures, diminished responsiveness, and the desynchronization of vocal patterns with the caregiver. In the second and third years, autistic children have less frequent and less diverse babbling, consonants, words, and word combinations; their gestures are less often integrated with words. Autistic children are less likely to make requests or share experiences, and are more likely to simply repeat others’ words (echolalia)[17][27] or reverse pronouns.[28] Autistic children may have difficulty with imaginative play and with developing symbols into language.[17][27] They are more likely to have problems understanding pointing; for example, they may look at a pointing hand instead of the pointed-at object.[18][27]

In a pair of studies, high-functioning autistic children aged 8–15 performed equally well, and adults better than individually matched controls at basic language tasks involving vocabulary and spelling. Both autistic groups performed worse than controls at complex language tasks such as figurative language, comprehension and inference. As people are often sized up initially from their basic language skills, these studies suggest that people speaking to autistic individuals are more likely to overestimate what their audience comprehends

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 3 Year Old

Daniel asks…

How long does it take to make a proper autism evaluation?

My 4 year old brother has gone to 3 evaluations (all of which have lasted no more than a half hour) and has been diagnosed with a minor, minor case of autism. I really don’t think this is enough time to get to know a child and make a proper diagnosis.

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Sorry, but some can diagnose in 5 minutes. Usually, they take a few hours to do special testing, ask questions, observe, etc. So they can list all the reasons why. But, if a child walks in a counselor’s office, ignores everyone, repeatedly spins objects, and has speech problems, on top of the parents listing all the symptoms, I am sure experienced counselors will feel confident in their diagnosis.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 3 Year Old

Mark asks…

What are the signs of apraxia of speech?

My almost 3 year old is still very speech delayed although he has come along way, it’s been slow, we are looking into apraxia of speech. For the record we had him tested for autism and he is not autistic.

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People with either form of apraxia of speech may have a number of different speech characteristics, or symptoms. One of the most notable symptoms is difficulty putting sounds and syllables together in the correct order to form words. Longer or more complex words are usually harder to say than shorter or simpler words. People with apraxia of speech also tend to make inconsistent mistakes when speaking. For example, they may say a difficult word correctly but then have trouble repeating it, or they may be able to say a particular sound one day and have trouble with the same sound the next day. People with apraxia of speech often appear to be groping for the right sound or word, and may try saying a word several times before they say it correctly. Another common characteristic of apraxia of speech is the incorrect use of “prosody” — that is, the varying rhythms, stresses, and inflections of speech that are used to help express meaning.

Children with developmental apraxia of speech generally can understand language much better than they are able to use language to express themselves. Some children with the disorder may also have other problems. These can include other speech problems, such as dysarthria; language problems such as poor vocabulary, incorrect grammar, and difficulty in clearly organizing spoken information; problems with reading, writing, spelling, or math; coordination or “motor-skill” problems; and chewing and swallowing difficulties.

The severity of both acquired and developmental apraxia of speech varies from person to person. Apraxia can be so mild that a person has trouble with very few speech sounds or only has occasional problems pronouncing words with many syllables. In the most severe cases, a person may not be able to communicate effectively with speech, and may need the help of alternative or additional communication methods.

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Do You Think Your Child Has Autism?

Do you think your child is autistic?

Years ago, almost 47, my daughter was born. For whatever reason, she was born very fast and her lips, fingers, and toes would turn blue. She was put in an incubator for the week-end to be monitored. Not finding anything wrong with her, she was released from the hospital the first of the week. We continued to watch her with the pediatrician’s guidance. She had a hard time swallowing her formula and became colicky.Sleeping during the day and crying all night.

About this time my pediatrician recommended I take her to Boston for testing, and every doctor in Boston diagnosed her with their particular specialty.
She was diagnosed as aphasic, autistic, retarded, just to name a few labels.
We started to see a psychologist in Boston for play therapy.
We would drive the 90 minutes every Monday afternoon. Did it help? I don’t know.

My other children were completely normal, so I was not sure what was happening to my little girl. We enrolled her in a nursery school for retarded children near our home, where she started to develop some social skills. But she did not talk. She would point if she wanted something and seemed to understand commands. She used to rock in her crib and in the car. She would also drool a lot. But she did not look different. She did not get toilet trained until she saw that her younger brother was not wearing a diaper any more and then she trained herself in 2 days. She also had a very hard time eating her food; everything had to be very soft.

After a couple of years, her teacher told me that she did not think she was retarded because of her ability to do certain things, but would not talk. At that time a local couple was starting a school in our town for children with speech problems. Fortunately my daughter was accepted as a student. She attended school there until the school closed down, about eight years later.

In the meantime I had heard about a psychologist in the local area that did great work with children with problems. I was not happy with the results received from the doctor in Boston, so I made an appointment with this doctor in the local area. He worked with the children through school work, Mostly through reading and math.

In the beginning he worked with my daughter and myself, 3 and 4 sessions a week, sometimes 2-3 hours at a time. After the language school closed, from lack of funds, she was mainstreamed into public school, and the teacher was told to babysit her like some of the very challenged children, but our doctor got involved and wanted her in regular classes. He thought she would learn more from osmosis by being with regular students rather than being segregated.

This doctor had a very unique way of working with these children, sometimes going to a mall, sometimes taking them to a park or zoo. He even took them in groups to ride horses. All the time teaching them independence and giving them confidence in their ability to be successful.

After working with my daughter for 14 years he felt that she had come a long way. Through him I learned not to shelter and protect her as much. I also learned that she was much more capable than I had given her credit for. This is a little of the history of my daughter to help you have hope for your child. This was many years ago, long before very much had been known about autism. I’m still not sure if my daughter was autistic or emotionally disturbed. I’m just thankful that she has progressed so far.

I will continue to write more articles about autism, but to bring you up to date, my daughter has done very well. She graduated for high school, has a driving license and works two part-time jobs. She has fit into society and now has a few friends.

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Autism Symptoms In Toddlers – The Autism Symptoms Checklist

Autism Symptoms In Toddlers

Do you want the autism symptoms checklist or want to see an autistic child then look at the children who you pass by, but there is not specific symptom you can identify in a child having this disorder.

Observe the children who reside around your place and observe every child you walk past on the street. These children may be having autism disorder. There is no striking symptom that a child is affected by this type of disorder.

Autism is a typical neurological disorder that no body will be able to identify it easily unless you tell them that he or she is autistic. I know parents who have an autistic child and whenever they take their son to a shop or physician, they used to receive looks of disgust to his unusual behaviour. Parents often used to get upset at the criticism from the people who don’t know that autism is the reason behind it. Many times parents dare to fight with people who comment or scold the children with this disorder. But finally the only thing left is to educate people about this problem.

So, what is the definition of autism? Many people who i met have no idea about this disorder. They are of the opinion that autistic and artistic are the same. But there is no connection between these two words and both are entirely different Autism Symptoms In Toddlers

Social and communication skills will not be normal in children with autism. These children don’t mingle with others or make friends and some have speech problems. An autistic child behaves peculiarly like pouring water from glass to glass, moving round again and again but not getting dizziness, not like to be hugged or touched, playing with toys by putting them in line and shouting for hours. However every child with this problem is different. Autism consists of changing levels of behaviour because of which it is called as spectrum.

Many children with this disorder will not be able to express properly, instead of telling something they will show what they want by showing a picture to the parents. Imaging that your child has a pain some where in the body but he will not able to tell what he or she is suffering from. Imagine how a parent would feel in such a situation if he could not get to know the problem of his child.

One has to be determined to tackle this problem and fight for the life of autistic child.

As of now, no doctor or psychiatrist is able to tell what causes autism, however the style of parenting is not the cause of this disorder. But some people argue that bad parenting is one of the reasons for getting autism. One thing is sure that the parents who are facing this problem only can understand what it is like raising an autistic child.

After a careful study, experts have come to a decision there is no specific autism symptoms checklist to identify this disorder, it is part of family’s life and we have to face the challenges it gives us. The parents i know have proved that autism will not become a hurdle in their happiness and future plans to successfully raise a child when their seven year old started to speak a little better with the children invited on his birthday.

Though there is battle to be won, it is necessary to think positively and show that you are very much interested in his welfare and development to cure a child with autism. Only thing the parents can give their children is love and affection but not the behaviour therapy as the same is very costly and not covered by medical insurance. This fact disappoints many parents as they could not take them for a behaviour therapy. Some parents argue that why a different system of education which can assist autistic child is not incorporated in the present system of education. I used to advice my friends and neighbours that whenever they see such children and their peculiar behaviour, not to come to a conclusion about the parents as it might be autism. Autism Symptoms In Toddlers

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