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Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Donald asks…

Survey: How aware are you?

today is autism awareness day and all of april is autism awareness month i want to see how aware people actually are by asking afew questions
answer with what you honestly know if you want to look up the answers after you answer yours feel free to but not till you answer first

Question 1. what is meant by “autism spectrum” disorders?
2. What are sensory issues?
3 true or false if someone is not diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by age 12 that means they dont have one.
4. true or false autism is very rare in girls
5.true or false autism spectrum disorders are obvious and you can tell right away if someone has autism
6. what is asperger’s syndrome?

bonus question: can you read this article then tell me your reaction and weather you learned anything new http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/05/dont-judge-a-mother-until-you-know-the-whole-story/
oh and for why its in this section is because i feel in my opinion part of being spiritual is being in tune with the world around us and understanding others (or atleast trying to understand others)

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1. The autism spectrum consists of classical autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and PDD-NOS. All these disorders involve social and communication issues in some way. The symptoms appear early in childhood and last throughout the lifetime.

2. Sensory issues are a common feature of autism spectrum disorders. Most frequently they are hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity, either in general or with specific stimuli. For example, I’m extremely sensitive to sound, and metal on metal is one sound in particular that’s painful for me. I’m hyposensitive to pain. Another common issue is difficulty filtering out background information, like music playing in the background. Sensitivity and filtering problems can lead to constant sensory overload.

3. False. The symptoms appear early on, but they aren’t necessarily caught early on. I wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s until I was 17.

4. False. It appears more common in boys, but the gender gap is actually a lot narrower. Girls are more likely to be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for a variety of social and cultural reasons.

5. False. People with ASDs may not appear particularly unusual, or they may seem eccentric but not exactly autistic. If everyone could tell right away if someone had an ASD, mental health professionals are wasting their time with diagnostic evaluations!

6. Asperger’s is a mild form of autism. It’s very similar to HFA, but there’s no speech delay.

BQ: I liked the article. I think its meaning can apply to everyone – it’s important to not judge people right away, because you don’t know the whole story. What appears to be a poorly behaved child and an unconcerned mother is actually an overstimulated, anxious autistic child and a caring mother who’s trying to help him the best she can. Everyone has challenges that aren’t obvious from the outside, so it’s important to withhold judgment and keep an open mind, since there’s often more to a situation than meets the eye.

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Richard asks…

Is being in your own little world a part of autism?

I have autism spectrum disorder or aspergers syndrome and I am in my own little world most of the time. It distracts me form my learning I start thinking about star trek or videogames or something else. I wonder is this a part of AS? Because I can be looking at the teacher and daydreaming at the same time and not get the assignment. Are most kids with aspurgers syndrome in there own little worlds? How can I get out of there?

admin answers:

It’s quite common for people with autism spectrum disorders to be in their own world a lot, but not everyone on the autism spectrum is like that and some people who are not on the spectrum are in their own world too.

I think being in our own world a lot can probably be explained at least partly by our environment not being suitable for us. I have Asperger’s syndrome too and I’m in my own world most of the time and I seem to go there when there is either too little or too much stimuli in my environment. I go to my own world in attempt to regulate the stimuli to make it the way I need it to be.

When I was in school I was bored most of the time, because the things we were studying about were too easy for me, so I kept my mind busy by being in my own world a lot, dealing with something more challenging. When I felt lonely and didn’t really have any friends or family to feel close to, I went to my own world to spend time with imaginary, loving friends. At my current working place there is excessive sensory input and I go to my own world a lot to try to block out some of the sensory input and distractions around me. I don’t go to my own world when I’m in a good, suitable environment with an appropriate amount of challenges and sensory experiences and balanced emotions.

I’ve never really attempted to stop being in my own world, because I don’t consider it much of a problem, but I guess that if i wanted to, I’d try to do it by trying to make my environment more suitable somehow, for example by making sure I have something challenging and interesting to do, but a good sensory and emotional environment to do it in.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Jenny asks…

3 month old Autism advice?

Hello,

My 3 month old daughter is unfortunately showing the signs of Autism. Our Pedi is asking us to wait 2 more weeks to see if she starts to make better eye contact and starts to smile but in my gut, sadly, I feel like this will be the diagnosis. We have already called a specialist who wont be able to see us until August.

My question to the group, is there any advice in terms of treatment or exercises I can do with the baby to help her along? I feel helpless and want to do anything I can to help my little girl.

Thank you in advance for your replies
I truly appreciate the posts so far. 2 follow ups 1. We had her eyes checked last week and she passed with flying colors. 2. According to several websites early signs of Autism can be detected in 3 months http://www.parents.com/baby/health/autism/autism-month-by-month-guide/

Thank you all again!

admin answers:

I am by no means totally educated on the fact, but I am fairly certain that autism is not something that is diagnosed in infants. It becomes apparent in toddler hood and a lengthy observation period follows before a true diagnosis of autism. If your baby is unresponsive to stimuli and not smiling, there could be literally hundreds of other reasons. Your baby is only 3 months old, I would not stress out until you know a bit more information. But please try and relax in the knowledge that autism is not apparent in a 3 month old baby.

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Is Asperger Syndrome Similar to Autism?

Asperger syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder listed amongst those of the autism spectrum disorders. It is often closely compared with high functioning autism and some arguments dictate that it should be negated altogether and simply classified with high functioning autism. This syndrome is classified by a pattern of symptoms instead of just one symptom, such as impairment in social interaction, restricted patterns of behavior, activities and interests, there is no delay really in cognitive development however a significant delay in language is present. Those diagnosed with Asperger display an intense preoccupation or interest with particular subjects. They display a habit of excessive language defined as one-sided. They however also display a tendency towards restricted rhythms in their speech patterns. Sometimes those with Asperger can be physically clumsy and prone to accidents.

Life with this syndrome can be difficult but not impossible. In fact, there are those of a certain mind that consider any form of disorder from the autism spectrum to be a difference, not a disability. These of this persuasion advocate the necessity of treating such people as having mere differences, believing that both sides should simply take steps at accepting the other and working towards an easy cohabitation. Children born with this disorder or any other of this nature are not sick. They were born and began developing differences in their neural make up. Their brains began developing at a different rate as their bodies progressed steadily at the norm. These children are faced with altered factors in life, but this in no way makes them negatively different. Yes, children with Asperger and other such disorders will develop differently from other children. They will learn things differently, see things differently, and react to outside stimuli in a different manner. Still, these children, while living with a neuro-developmental disorder should not be considered a stigma.

It is important for any parent or caregiver of an Asperger child to know that these feelings of anxiety, fear, depression and anger towards the unfairness of it, are normal and that a diagnosis of Asperger is in no way a reflection on the parent(s) themselves. To help matters there are a variety of support groups and educational materials available to the public regarding this disorder and those like can look it up. Finding someone to talk to, a therapist, close friend, or the parent of another Asperger child is essential and can help with piece of mind. In fact, finding a support group made of parents for children with developmental disorders such as this can be beneficial to the parent and the child, as well as the siblings.

While there is no cure so to speak for Asperger syndrome, there are therapies that can be administered to alleviate the major difficulties a child will have functioning in normal life. Integrating them into a learning situation with others like then will help. And working at compromise throughout their daily schedules can be of great importance. It can be stressful for caregivers at times, but it is stressful for those with Asperger as well. Patience and a nurturing attitude will help all around.

For the latest videos and training information on child development as well as books and curricula on Autism please visit childdevelopmentmedia.com.

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Identifying Early Signs of Autism

Autism symptoms are considered to begin to present themselves at the age of six months. This does not mean that it is not present before this. Autism is a developmental disorder that children are born with. It affects the development and growth of the brain. Unfortunately, it really isn’t noticed until around six months of age because this is when the signs are most noticeable. At this age a child should begin to interact more outward to his/her environment. He will begin to smile and react to stimuli in around the area. A lack of this interaction is one of the first early signs of autism.

By the age of nine months a child should begin to proactively interact with his/her parents. He/she will babble at them, point at things, and return their smiles. The lack of this interaction with the parents is another early sign of autism. At one year of age a child should be crawling, pulling himself up on things and working towards walking unheeded if he/she is not already. The child should be saying a word or two and be able to somewhat communicate with his/her parents about what they want or need.

Definitive signs of autism will have set in by two to three years of age. This means by the age of one, if autism is the cause of your child’s developmental delays you will be noticing a great difference in his/her emotional and cognitive patterns. The young child may appear not affectionate, slow, and inattentive. He/she can seem stubborn and willful; mostly this is caused because of their need to stick to a strict schedule, one that they feel comfortable with. By the time your child reaches the age of one, you will probably already be fully aware of his/her developmental disorder. In fact, a doctor should already have been consulted and a treatment method discussed.

Your child’s pediatrician will ask specific questions about his/her development at the regular checkups throughout their infancy and toddler years. The doctor will be able to detect early signs of autism and let you know what you should be aware of. Treatment should not be thought of as a cure. A child, who has autism or any of the disorders falling in that spectrum, is faced with dealing with them for a lifetime. Treatment is focused on developing within the child the necessary skills he/she will need to live a comfortable life, at least as normal as possible. Depending on the severity of the child’s symptoms he/she may or may not need supervision and care for the rest of their life. This is something your doctor will discuss with you as well. The sooner you set up a plan of action the easier it will be to fall into that routine for everyone.

Just because your child is developing at a slower rate than his/her peers does not necessarily mean he/she has autism. Be aware of the early signs of autism if your child’s development is a concern for you. But don’t overstress yourself about it. Simply keep an eye on how your son/daughter is developing and consult with his/her pediatrician if any concerns arise.

For the latest videos and training information on child development as well as books and curricula on Autism please visit childdevelopmentmedia.com.

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Computers, toys & stimulation

The use of computers has actually been found to be beneficial as a treatment for child autism. Interaction with a computer may help children develop their interaction skills because the fact that they are actually in direct control of the computer means that interaction may not be as intimidating as a face-to-face interaction with another person. In 2007 an interesting feature film was released in Belgium. In this movie called BenX a boy suffering from Asperger plays his favorite online computer game Archlord avidly, trying hard to train himself for the real world he lives in.
Toys that provide the individual with an immediate reward are ideal.

You need to understand your own child. What achievable things stimulate them best? Some children are quiet and fairly withdrawn. Some need to be constantly on the move. Others need their whole day mapped out and regimented. Every child on the autism spectrum is different and will respond differently to stimuli.

Choosing Toys for a Child with Autism

Buying toys for your child is one of the most exciting things you can do as a parent. However, for parents with a child suffering from autism, it is an entirely different story.
Since a child with autism has a different mindset on the things he likes and the things he doesn’t, he also has a different mindset on the toys he can enjoy and the toys he can’t. Somehow, choosing toys for a child with autism may prove to be a difficult task to parents. The excitement of picking among the thousands of toys lined up is replaced by a careful consideration of the toys that are proper for his mental age as well as his condition.

There are no special toys for children with autism, so you cannot find a special section in the toy store that offers toys only for autistic children. You need to know how to choose.

Basically, children’s toys are labeled with the age bracket. Do not take this into consideration. What you should look for is a toy that is right for his mental age. If the box says “age 4 – 6” but your child’s mental age is only 3, he might not be able to enjoy such toys. Of course, the choking hazard should also be considered. You always have to ensure that your child cannot swallow small parts of the toy you would buy.

Another thing you should keep in mind is his interest. Autistics have a particular inclination on specific objects. You should remember that he decides what he likes, and what he likes should be respected. Selecting the right toys for him should be based on his interest and not on yours. You may ask, “How will I know if he likes a particular toy or not?” Observation is the best way to know. Another is trial and error. This is much more difficult since it can be a never-ending process. But somehow, you will stumble upon the toys he will enjoy.

If you are puzzled which toys to buy, consider the educational ones. Toys that develop your child’s imagination are your best bet. Puzzles, building blocks, and alphabets may not be as appealing for them as other toys, but it is better to gamble on these things than on other toys that may further impair their development.

Also, choose a toy that develops his motor skills. Bicycles and other similar toys will provide them with both fun and exercise. Since motor skills should be developed at an early age, especially in the case of children with autism, you must ensure that you have given the proper tools for developing this skill.

Do not rely on the opinion of other people, even those who have a child with autism. Your child’s needs may be different from other autistic children. Thus, the toys that your child would enjoy can be different from others, even if they both suffer from autism. You know your child better than anybody else and you know what he likes and what he enjoys.

Base your selection on these guidelines and you are almost certain that what you buy will be enjoyed. Of course, there is a margin of error but it is worth taking the risk rather than doing nothing at all.

Some toys/stimulation to consider:
• Trampolines
• Large exercise balls – about 50 cm diameter
• Jigsaw puzzles
• Visual learning
• Play-Doh
• Train sets
• Books (pop-up books)
• Music
• Bubble makers
• Marble tracks

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Diagnosis and Definitions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

It is known there is no specific diagnostic test for Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the best way to get a diagnosis is to make a multi-disciplinary evaluation.

A psychologist or psychiatrist experienced with Autism Spectrum Disorders can make a diagnose for adults, and in what concerns children, they must be tested by a number of professionals, which will provide the needed information to make decisions about program and treatment approaches.

It was seen that the age of diagnosis ranges, depending on the circumstances from approximately 18 months through to adulthood.

Autism Spectrum Disorder deals with several labels, for example at an end of the spectrum there can be diagnoses like “Asperger Syndrome”, “High Functioning Autism” and “PDD-NOS”, and at the other end, we can find labels like “Autism”, “Classic Autism” and “Kanner Autism”. Several labels place people at different points of the spectrum.

We can say that the term Autism Spectrum Disorder is used because there is a great variation from person to person, which depends on the severity and combination of each area of impairment. It is known that together with Autism Spectrum Disorder may exist also other conditions or disorders, like speech and language disorders, anxiety and depression, intellectual disability, epilepsy, attention disorders, Tourette Syndrome and Down Syndrome.

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Usually, before the age of 3, in autism, clearly appear severe and sustained impairments in the social and communication areas. The child is observed as being different than other children, he is anxious, responds unusually to many different stimuli, has poor attention and motivation, and speech can be delayed or largely absent. The child can also have a range of ritualistic behaviours, like hand flapping, finger gazing or toe walking. It was seen that the child or adult with autism can be also intellectually disabled.

We can mention a loosely used term to describe a child or adult who meets the criteria for a diagnosis of Autism, but is not as severely affected as the more classically autistic person-High Functioning Autism.

Asperger Syndrome deals with severe and sustained social impairments, but the impairments in the language and communication area aren’t so severe. The speech develops within the normal age range, but effectively communication is impaired.

It was seen that the impairments become more evident as the child reaches pre-school and school age, being more subtle in the very young child.

There can also be given a diagnosis for children who present with some of the characteristics of either Autism or Asperger Syndrome, but not severe enough for a diagnosis of either of these conditions and this is Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

More informations about autism causes or about autism symptoms can be found by visiting http://www.autism-info-center.com/
More informations about autism causes or about autism symptoms can be found by visiting http://www.autism-info-center.com/
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Autistic Signs – Signs And Symptoms Of The Autistic Disorder

Autistic Signs

The mainly signs of autism crop up during the early infancy and the disorder is usually diagnosed by the age of 3 when parents are alarmed by the abnormal development of their child. Infants above all improve usually until the age of 2 when the growth as well as the mental development hastily regresses. Autistic Signs

The autistic symptoms vary from one patient to another, from what i read in mild to severe forms. Between the first warning signs is the abnormal response to different stimuli like light or sound. Noises may appear painful to them, smells are overwhelmingly strong and touches are receipted as pains.

Loud noises caused by vehicles or machines, and very bright lights from different sources, trigger crises and inconsolable crying. The most specific behavior for the autistic patients is the indifference showed to the surroundings and the satisfaction of playing and being alone. They show no real interest in toys and are usually uninterested to interact with others, characteristics called in the medical specialty as protodeclarative pointing.

The activity level varies from an increase to reduction and autistic children resist cuddling. Autistic patients laugh, cry or are feeling distressed for unapparent reasons and cannot express their needs using the actual language. The use different gesture instead of words to express their wishes, as the impaired language development is obvious. Autistic Signs

Patients with high functioning autism manage to develop certain rudimentary communication skills but these cannot really serve for an actual social interaction. Some words or phrases are used repetitively (echolalia) and their patterns of speech lack expression or intonation. Usually these patients want to be alone and show no interest to other people’s presence.

Resisting changes in their routine or repeating an action over and over again is a part of their daily behavior. Autistic patients tend to flap their arms or turn in circles repetitively and with unknown meaning. In severe distress periods they engage in self-injurious actions like biting or scratching themselves, banging their heads. Warning signs in small children are their reject for cuddling or touching, often behavioral outbursts, inexplicable attachment to some objects and the radical ignorance to many others. Autistic Signs

Autistic persons cannot maintain an actual eye-contact, they do not fear danger and show an under sensitivity towards pain. Most of these children prove an abnormal sustained play combined with uneven motor skills. Don’t let your child suffer anymore! Lead your child out of his world through Autistic Signs program now!

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Working with autistic children and young people

ASD – Autism spectrum disorder is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects more boys than girls. ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder is the one of the most common childhood disorders.

A vast majority of autistic children display sensory processing issues and are hypersensitive to stimuli like noise, light, touch, feel and smells.

Sensory processing issues are common to autism. Individuals with ASD will also have the triad of autistic impairments:

The triad of autistic impairments are deficits in:

Social interaction skills

Communication skills

And Imagination skills

These deficits can make teaching a child with autism difficult.

Generally autistic children prefer routines and structures and can become anxious and stressed when their routine is changed even in a small way.

Therefore when working with autistic children and young people it is normally a good idea to:

Organize the autistic child’s day into a set routines, this can be done using a visual schedule or timetable; that the child can refer to at regular intervals. Using a visual schedule will reassure the autistic child of structure and routine, taking away any uncertainty, thus reducing stresses.

Try to avoid routine changes wherever possible. However if routines change it is advisable to show these changes on the visual schedule whenever possible. It is also advisable to use supports like social skills stories to help explain any changes, which will reduce stress and help make the less predictable more routine.

A social skills story will show the change to routine and answer the important “wh” questions (who, where, why, when and what) reducing stress and showing possible outcomes allowing the child with autism to rehearse the change making them more comfortable with the change.

For the majority of teachers working with autistic children and young people using visual timetables, flash cards and social skills stories is very effective.

Autism social skills stories are easy to implement and need no formal training to use.

Sometimes when routines change a child with autism can become aggressive, anxious, stressed and confused. Therefore it is recommended an autism social skills story should be implemented prior to the change.

For example a temporary teacher; prior to the change an autism social skills story can be put in place to make the autistic child aware of the change and prepare them for the situation, this can help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress.

The autism social skills story is also an excellent autism resource for sudden changes like a teachers illness, unexpected visitors at home, a doctors appointment etc..

The social skills story will give clear focus on the key points giving the child with autism clear and precise instruction and information alleviating the anxiety they will be feeling.

This autism resource can be downloaded and personalized from sites such as: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

The autism social skills story is also used to teach vital social skills and re-enforce already learnt behaviors such as personal hygiene, shopping trips, hospital appointments, hair cuts and other issues such as bedtime, shared reading, death the list is endless.

Download social skills stories for your autistic child from:

www.autismsocialstories.com

Social skills stories are used to teach social and communication skills to children with autism
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Children And Autism – Autism Cure For Children

Children And Autism

There are thousands of mortgage holders around the globe who experience children born through autism, and properties are all looking for the best autism cure. Just are sure if you had a child and subsequently The next thing you knew realized that your child is gradual on comprehension, won’t watch you in the eye, and has mood swings that are confusingly daunting.

If you child was diagnosed through autism – mild or not – it are able to be a heartbreaking thing to hear. But we may start mending that heart now. Among the many autism treatments available, one has proven to be effective in more cases. We are talking about Byonetics. Byonetics is a technology that addresses autism by using Cranial Dynamics.

Cranial Dynamics repairs your child’s developmental switches that are damaged and then connects them to the child’s brain. Essentially, it “wakes up” the dead switches so your child is more alert and has better responses to certain stimuli. Jean Genet is a leading advocate of this technology. Genet grew up autistic, funded a lot of research on the disease, and finally found the wonder autism cure of Byonetics. During the trial stage of Byonetics, he found that children had improved speech, psychological balance, and mental focus. Essentially using Byonetics is like unlocking a door that was closed to the child before. Children And Autism

Byonetics is a simple procedure done by playing digitally engineered compact discs while the child sleeps. The sounds from the CDs produce frequencies that the brain can utilize in order to repair the broken developmental switches, connect the child’s brain/computer into the appropriate software, and ground your child’s body. Byonetics as an autism cure is not expensive, either.

Treatment costs $375 as a down payment and then $40 monthly payments. Compared to paying expensive therapists by the hour, these CDs are a bargain. In fact, a lot of users of the Byonetics program claim to see results as early as three weeks and eventually see complete healing/freedom from autism. By joining Byonetics, not only will you receive the CDs required, but also:

* FULL email support

* access to Jean’s Parent Network

* assistance from a Child Advocate

* RELIEF that you are on the right path for YOUR child and his or her autism cure. Don’t let your child suffer anymore! Lead your child out of his world through Children And Autism program now!

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