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Question?: Autism Signs And Symptoms

David asks…

Do children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

I am researching autism in children under 3 right now. My friend and I have been discussing my son. We believe, my son is showing signs of autism. My friend said he has autistic children in his family and those children have big heads. Like rounder in the back of the head.

Does anyone know if this is typical in autism?

admin answers:

It’s typical of autism.

Http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071208092451.htm

In fact, all children who suffer severe stress in early infancy–premature birth, caesarean birth, surgery or severe illness shortly after birth, etc– experience rapid neuronal overgrowth.

The big exception is a supposed form of autism called “Rett Syndrome” where one of the symptoms is microcephaly.
Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rett_syndrome

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Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Linda asks…

Do you think autistic adults can get jobs involving social skills?

I was thinking of completing an autism behavioural program so that I can teach kids with autism. Or do a blind/deaf intervention or sign language course as I would like to help others. But I have aspergers myself so I doubt I would get hired to do this, or anything social. What do you think?

admin answers:

You might get hired and do OK for awhile, but my guess is the stress of a job with social skills would be very high. Best to work toward success where your long term success is more likely.

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Question?: Autistic Spectrum

William asks…

Are we all potentially autistic? Do people in mental health crises display autistic features?

A well known sign of someone in a crisis and/or having mental health problems is withdrawing and rocking for comfort.

People in a crisis appear to have autistic characteristics, often temporarily or for a period of time.

Does anything think that we’re all somewhere on the autistic spectrum and some of us a more inclined to display more obvious autistic features when under stress?

I suppose a psychiatrist would know. I wonder how many patients they see rocking back and forth. Isn’t that an austic characteristic?

admin answers:

It is a feature of autism and other regressions . It is not a sign of mental health,and healthy people do not do that.
Somethings in mental health are simplyu a matter of degree or intensity………that is not one of them.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Older Children

Carol asks…

What would you do if your kid body rocked and hit his head on things?

He is 6 yes old, non autistic who seems to get that he does it and still does it! It keeps my 8yr old awake and my 2yr old or if asleep wakes all of us!

admin answers:

Lots of kids rock and bang, especially if they feel stressed in some way. It is no big deal in most situations. You might want to have your son run and play outside more to relieve the stress of being a kid these days. Don’t let him watch too much TV or play violent video games. Make sure he is getting a good diet and enough sleep. If the rocking and banging continues or gets worse you might want to talk to his doctor, but I bet he/she will tell you the same thing I just did.

SOME children with Autism Spectrum rock or bang but it is a minor sign of Autism and if your son has no other symptoms he probably does NOT have Autism. Don’t let anyone scare you into thinking there is something wrong with your son!

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Question?: Schizophrenia Stories

Paul asks…

delusions schizophrenia stories?

why does it seem that people of color may suffer from the diease schizophrenia than non or the poorer class i have found that out to be true.

admin answers:

People used to think it was because minorities and working class people were subject to more stress and thus more likely to suffer from severe mental disorders. Recent research suggests that schizophrenic disorders and major mood disorders have more of a biological or genetic basis and the stress theories have kind of went out the window. A better explanation is that Caucasian people are more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder and minorities are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. The two disorders, in acute phases, can be very difficult to distinguish. Schizophrenia, mania and severe depression can all involve delusions, hallucinations, catatonia, agitation, anxiety and sleeplessness.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Thomas asks…

What is mild autism and how does it affect a child?

I was diagnosed with mild autism when I was three-years-old. I have three questions:
(1) What is mild autism?
(2) How does it affect a child?
(3) Does it keep on going through your teen years, when you’re a teenager?

Thanks ?

admin answers:

Hello,

Well, mild autism likely means that you are on the higher functioning end of the spectrum, perhaps with Aspergers.

As far as how it affects someone, this varies depending on the person because everyone is so different.

Likely, a child with mild autism is awkward in social situations, may act out or not really know how to play with other children very well (although this may vary depending on how much a child is affected). The child may have trouble communicating.
The child may have frequent tantrums or trouble transitioning from one activity to the next. This may cause stress.
Often, a child with autism will have something s/he is very interested in, such as cars or planes, or cereal boxes. The extent of this too depends on the person.

As far as what happens when you become a teenager, this also varies, and I would say is somewhat unpredictable because of all the changes that happen to a person in their teenage years.

It probably won’t just “go away”, as autism or aspergers is something that is a part of who a person is. But depending on the person, the symptoms may lessen or become less apparent. It all depends on how well someone has learned to adapt to their circumstances and deal with every day life.

If you want to read about my experiences as a teenager with aspergers, please take a look at my book, Raging Horrormoans. It’s available on my website:

http://www.sensoryintegrate.com

Good Luck!

Jessica
http://www.sensoryintegrate.com

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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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Fired

Jack, with tears rolling down his cheeks, fired me as his mother today.

It was that kind of day. I won’t go into the details and the steep downhill slide that comes with reading his school communication log and then trying to do homework with him every day. All I will really say is that the end of this school year cannot come fast enough. I will miss my mid-day alone time, but I know at least one kid who is badly in need of some time off from all responsibilities and stress.

Hint: It’s Jack.

Because I’m not going into all of that, I’ll just point you to my White Knuckle Parenting column wherein I wrote about letting your children fail.

That was a really bad segue. The post is actually about some stuff going on with Sam.

If you want something that is not all about failure, Team Stimey was featured in Autistic Globetrotting’s Mother’s Day Celebration. There are a lot of fantastic posts there about traveling with autistic kids, including my contribution about how I prepare my kiddos for outings.

Anywho. I’m hoping to be rehired tomorrow. We’ll see. The interviewer is erratic but seems to like me. Most of the time.

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Autism in Adults – Three Employment Job Tips

One of the biggest worries when you have autism in adults is what their future is going to be like. Will they be able to work? Hold down a job? While this question is obviously very different for each person, there are some guidelines to help you answer this question.

The level of job will obviously depend on their skill and functioning level, but here are some ideas for autism in adults where the adult is at the lower end of the functioning level. They still have skills to use, but they have many challenges as well.

1. Use their skills and interests

Most adults with autism have skills that can be capitalized on in a job. Do they have a need for order, and like to line things up a lot? Teach them how to file, and see if they can get a part-time job in an office.

Perhaps food is an interest, but you’re not sure what jobs in a restaurant an adult with autism would be capable of. See if they can get a job delivering flyers for a local pizza place — something low stress and with little interaction with other people — or cleaning tables of their favorite eatery. Using interests is always a good way to encourage motivation when working with autism in adults.

2. Take advantage of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The folks at these centers are usually great at pairing up people with disabilities with jobs. One of the most useful things they can often do is offer the use of a job coach when working with autism in adults.

A job coach will shadow your adult with autism on the job and give them instruction or reassurance when they need it. After the person gets more comfortable and used to the job, the job coach is often faded out — but not always. Sometimes, Vocational Rehabilitation can provide paid internships of a sort. The adult with autism gets experience being trained in some area, and the business contributes part of the pay while Vocational Rehabilitation contributes the rest.

The people at Vocational Rehabilitation have lots of connections with employers all over your area, some that you may not have even heard of. They know which employers are likely to work well with working with autism in adults, and which aren’t. They know who to talk to, and what to ask for. Say, for example, there is a job that you think would fit your adult child with autism really well, except for a few things they aren’t able to do. In a regular job situation, they would just show you the door, but Vocational Rehabilitation can often negotiate for a modified job position that more closely fits the abilities and needs in regard to autism in adults.

There is often a wait list to get services from Vocational Rehabilitation, but it is worth it. Google Vocational Rehabilitation for your local area or look for it in the social services section of your phone book.

3. Know what jobs are a good and bad fit

Take for example working the counter of a fast food restaurant. You have to take orders very rapidly, and be good at operating machinery, like the cash register, at a very fast pace. That would be overwhelming for a lot of adults with autism. Their processing speed is not that fast. Things get backed up in their mind, and it can cause meltdowns, even if the task is simple.

Instead, choose something that is slow-paced or can be done at the person’s own pace. This often works very well when working with autism in adults. Perhaps, something that can be done on the sidelines?

Like to be outdoors? Maybe working as a cart attendant, putting back grocery carts, would work. Others may get bored with the job, but an autistic person’s need for order may make this job appeal to them.

Perhaps putting stock on shelves? If the job is relaxed about the pace, may also appeal to the sense of order and everything in its place which is often a strength of adults with autism.

Think about what attributes are most prominent in autism in adults, then try to think of a job that uses those skills or attributes. But try to avoid anything, again, that is fast paced or requires too much interaction with people — a little is okay, a lot will probably be overwhelming.

If you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to finding jobs that work when working with autism in adults.

And for further tips and techniques to help an adult with autism gain employment and live a happy and fulfilled life, go to the web site http://www.aspergerssociety.org/. There you will be able to sign up for the free Autism Newsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved ones thrive on the autism spectrum.

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