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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Chris asks…

what is autisme exactly about?

i have a sister, she cannot talk even she’s 7 yearold. some doctor said that she is hyperactive, but, other said that she is autisme. what is autisme exactly about? i’m very confused!!!

admin answers:

Autism -brain disorder that often interferes with a person’s ability to communicate with and relate to others.

Signs of autism almost always develop before a child is 3 years old, the condition is sometimes not diagnosed until later. Parents first become concerned when they notice that their toddler does not begin to talk or does not respond and interact like other children of the same age. Toddlers with autism do not usually develop speech normally and may seem to be deaf although hearing tests are normal.

Autism also affects how a child perceives and processes sensory information.

Severity of autism varies. Some ppl need assistance in almost all aspects of their daily lives, while others are able to function at a very high level and can even attend school in a regular classroom. This is a lifelong condition that uaually results in some degree of social isolation, treatment can make a major difference in the lives of people with autism. Early diagnosis and comprehensive treatment has resulted in increasing numbers of people with autism being able to live independently as adults..

What causes autism?
Autism tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic link. Because people with autism can be vastly different, scientists suspect a number of genes are responsible. Ongoing research is targeted at pinpointing these genes. Some experts also believe that environmental factors may play a part in causing autism, although scientists have studied several factors, including vaccines, and have yet to identify such a cause.

Brain scans of people with autism have shown abnormalities in several areas of the brain, including those responsible for emotion and social relations. Other studies suggest that people with autism have high levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a chemical that sends messages in the brain. However, these findings are preliminary, and ongoing studies seek to explain the brain and autism.1

What are the symptoms?
All people with autism have difficulty with social interactions and relationships. Parents often describe their child with autism as preferring to play alone and making little eye contact with other people. Other symptoms of autism include:

Difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication. Language development in children with autism is almost always delayed.
Limited, repetitive, and overused (stereotyped) patterns of behavior, interests, and play. Many typical behaviors-such as repetitive body rocking, unusual attachments to objects, and holding fast to routines and rituals-are driven by the need for sameness and resistance to change.
There is no “typical” person with autism. Although autism is defined by the above characteristics, people with autism can have many different combinations of behaviors in mild to severe forms.

Do any other conditions occur with autism?
Although it is difficult to determine, studies show that below-normal intelligence occurs in about 70% of children with autism.2 Teenagers with autism often become depressed and have increased anxiety, especially if they have average or above-average intelligence. In addition, about a third of children with autism develop a seizure disorder (such as epilepsy) by their teen years.3

How is autism diagnosed?
Your health professional will use diagnostic guidelines, established by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), to determine whether your child has core symptoms.4 A child may also have hearing and other tests to make sure developmental delays aren’t the result of another condition with similar symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment of autism is important to make the most of the child’s potential.

How is it treated?
Behavioral training, speech and occupational therapy, and parent education and support can often improve a child’s problem behaviors, communication skills, and socialization. Medications are sometimes helpful as well. A child with autism responds best to a highly structured, specialized educational program tailored to his or her individual needs. However, specific treatment varies depending on the range of individual symptoms, which can combine in many different ways and change over time.

Parents, school staff, and health professionals are usually all involved in planning a child’s treatment.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms Toddler Boys

William asks…

wat are the symptons of asburghes?

what should i be looking for ????

admin answers:

The symptoms of Asperger’s can depends on the age the person. There can be variation by age group and gender — toddlers, kids, boys, girls, adults, women and men. Run a Google search for “symptoms of Asperger’s in _______”. You fill in the age group and gender. Or use the link below to get more general information by age.

Http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/tc/aspergers-syndrome-symptoms

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

David asks…

Is it possible to develop autism later in life (like as a teenager or into adulthood)?

Or another words can people be totally “normal” as toddlers and children, and show signs for it as they grow older? Thanks 🙂
Oh and no I do not think I have autism or any other mental disability. I am purely curious because I am reading a book about someone living with autism right now.

admin answers:

No. Autism is a developmental disorder, meaning the symptoms develop early on and last throughout the lifetime. One of the diagnostic criteria is that the symptoms must be apparent by the age of 3. If autism-like symptoms appear later, it is due to some other cause.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

George asks…

Could this be a sign of autism?

My 2 year old niece has been living with me and my parents for about 8 months now. Her mother is in the Marines and her father left them as soon as he was out of the military and she was only 1 year old.
My mom really believes that the little girl is acting out because she is not with her parents. When her mother does come to visit during the weekend, she yells at her and says things like “what the f— do you want!?”…
The little girl has a real bad habit that at night, she throws fits when it’s bed time, if we say NO to her or she gets real angry (this happens when she doesn’t get her way or we take too long with her bottle, etc..) she bangs her head on the floor and bites herself. We have told my sister that she needs to take her to the doctor and explain to him what she does, all my sister says is that it’s not big deal “she’s just a brat.”
Could this behavior be signalling something more serious?
Olivia J.. It’s actually the girl’s mother who yells at her and says thing like “what the f— do you want” to her own child… The mother is no better than her father… She is an alcoholic who sleeps soundly at night while her little girl is living with us and acting out terribly.
Just this morning, we were all awake becuase she was having an episode. She was screaming, crying, rolling around the bed, throwing herself on the floor… My mom and dad had to finally just take her out for a drive… She went to sleep at 5 in the morning…

admin answers:

First of all,.. You are a very kind aunt and thank goodness this innocent child at least have you and her grandparents. Her behavior is not Autistic.. Just the terrible 2s.

I have a toddler and “NO” is something we try not to use since it is a sure trigger for a tantrum. We often use distractions instead of directly saying no. Also toddlers have zero patience and no idea about time so they always want instant gratification… So got to keep them occupied while waiting and give a lot of attention. They love/need to hear you talk to them and narrate what you are doing. This is how they pick up words and learn to talk.

I understand why you are still giving her the bottle at night. It is a soothing comforter for young children and she needs all the comforting in the world she can get.

I think what your niece really needs is stability and a warm loving environment. Her mom’s obvious lack of concern is making her very insecure and starved for loving attention. Throwing a tantrum until 5am, while her Mom sleeps, is a good example of her very real need to get mom’s loving attention.

Please ask your parents to talk to your sister about keeping away from her daughter if she can’t behave like a mother. This girl has been through enough turbulence so early in her life and her mother should know it very well. Maybe your sister needs professional counseling to get her life back on track.

May good fortune bless her and your family and give her a loving home..!

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Chris asks…

Would you be more inclined to go to a salon or something if?

they offered a play area for babies/toddlers
Just wondering? I would, Usually I can sneak away to get my nails, hair, whatever done while my husband is home with her, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out b/c of our work hours.
I was thinking it’d be nice if someone would open a salon that had a kiddie corner of some sort so you could relax & get what you need done even with your kids around =)

October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month! Care today-Cure Tomorrow!

admin answers:

We had a full service salon around here that used have a kids area. It was in an enclosed room with a large window looking into the salon so the kids could see their parents. There was an employee who oversaw the kids to make sure they didn’t get out of control or stray away. They had to charge a bit more because of insurance and the extra employees so the cheaper franchised businesses put them out of business. It was actually a great idea and would probably have done really well in a larger town.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Susan asks…

Mommies to tots with autism..?

How do toddlers or kids act around other kids? Are they just kind of stand offish or shy? Do they still go play likes it nothing but just ignore the other kids? How exactly do they act around other kids? My son is possibly autistic. He is 27 months tonight we was at a birthday party at first he would only stay right by my side I took him into the bedroom to play with the other kids. I had to sit there with him let him get comfortable and then he stayed and played at first he would instantly come find me but eventually he was in there on his own for a good while. I did seek a peek a lot. Sometimes he was playing by himself and other times he was right there with a group of kids. How do they act?
Thanks! He doesn’t have a lot of symptoms of autism. He just isn’t talking much, doesn’t point to things unless he can touch them, and sometimes flaps and jumps and isn’t to hot on kids but other then that he doesn’t have any of the other symptoms (eye contact, aloofness, fixation, not responding to name etc) So if he does have it I would assume him to be mild.

admin answers:

My son is 2 1/2 he was diagnosed with autism at 20 months. My sister has a daycare and I try to take him up when I can so he can interact with other children. His reaction no lie is he acts like he doesn’t even see them. One little girl put her head on his lap and he never even looked down.

If he is not showing any other signs I wouldn’t be too concerned. I had me a shy little boy 18 years ago, he is just now starting to let loose, God help us all. Lol

I just pray and keep trying to encourage him to play with others. God bless

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Question?: Autism Signs In 15 Month Old

Susan asks…

Does your 12 month old cuddle and hug you?

My son only sometimes puts his head on my chest. He is always so busy! The only time he really wraps his hands tight around my neck is when he is feeling cautious (like I am putting him in the tub)

I worry he is delayed. He doesn’t speak yet either, although he does babble, he doesn’t really understand if I say “where is daddy” Part of that may be because we speak 3 languages at home.

He is a smiley boy who is always happy to see me and gives kisses and imitates sounds we make

I get really worried about autism

admin answers:

My guys just turned 13 months and started putting their arms up to be picked up. They didn’t do it at 12 months. They climb up on me when scared or just because and grab onto me, but don’t really technically hug.

They just started signing “milk”, and although Vaughn said “thank you” on and off for awhile, it is mostly off these days.

Sounds to me like your son is normal. The boy I nannied said his first word “choo-choo” at 14 months, and then said mama and dada the next week. He was perfectly normal.

12 months is the average time to say a first word. Average means 50% say a word then, and 50% don’t. Don’t worry about it til 15 months or so. In the meantime, do sign language. Babies / toddlers can learn it sooner then they can spoken words.

Nothing you said there says autism. It says “normal 12 month old”. If he doesn’t advance in the next 3-4 months, check back.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms 18 Months

Richard asks…

What are some questions i can ask my sons daycare teachers if i think he might have autism?

he is 18 months and showing some signs but im just wondering what i can ask them to understand if he might have it. and anyone have autistic young toddlers and signs they saw in them

admin answers:

If your son has autism, you will be the best to know the symptoms. You can go online and read about the symptoms. There are also very good books which you could maybe check out at the library. Does he get upset with changes to his schedule? Does he do repetitive things? Does he have any development delays? Does he play well with other children? Does he line up toys. Does he have tantrums? How does he respond to his name or other sounds? There are so many questions you could ask yourself or others but that is not totally an accurate way to know. I believe you will be able to know soon enough. In the meantime enjoy your little boy and don’t worry.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

James asks…

I am considering homeschooling?

My son just started kindergarten at a Public school on August 16th. Everyday but one, I have been told by his teacher that she’s had problems with him. And this morning a little girls mom came up to me and said he daughter told her that my son spit in her face!!! I cann’t handle being told everyday that my son is bad. He’s been a defiant child for about the past four years. I have tried everything I can think of. He was in therapy but, that was going no where and fixing nothing! I am seriously considering taking him out of that school. and homeschooling him. My sister in law thinks that he needs school for the social part…but I am planning to sign him up for soccer as well as Boy Scouts! I did home school him for like 6 months but I got further along with my 2nd pregnancy and was just too tired to do it! But, I am ready to do it…any laws or tips for the State of Kansas on homeschooling will be extremely helpful!!!

admin answers:

Mom, i could understand if the problem was the other children,

but he is the one having the social problems

in order for him to behave properly you need to
1. Stop the therapy
2. Surround him by children who behave well, and are tolerant

children learn by example,FACT

When he is at home, Have him Watch Sprout TV its for toddlers BUT its going to benefit him

Reason being he needs to be reprogrammed
and for children who have social problems, TV is the easiest way to show them proper examples, it relaxes them and helps child learn how to properly respond to situations.

Now as far as the spitting goes, boys can do things like this,
its frustration and fear

he isn’t able to communicate, so he reacts
fear is the part when he realizes that the other child CAN communicate

I will be honest with you, you’ll get many bits of advice but MINE will work for you and your child.

My son had ADHD he seems to be growing out of it.
But in any event he was not human until he turned 4 years old

I don’t believe in the medications because the Chemically alter your CHilds Brain.

( not totally against it either in certain situations)

I am sure you have heard that Autism is now the NEW ADHD
and it is,

Beware that you don’t label your child, make him feel as normal as possible

And like i said As far as taking him out of the school , this make Zero sense it will only delay him further in devoping social skills

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I know its hard to be embarrassed by your childs behavior and most folk blame the parent

But i am telling you, try it my way and you will see improvement , and don’t be surprised if he complains he is watching baby shows.

You and him and the new babyb sit there and watch the shows

Repeat when your supposed to to show him how to respond properly

jump when they ssay jump ect..

Your showing him how to conform.follow rules, ect..

Read him stories and teach him to color INSIDE the lines

and very important, no violent shows or games.

He should hep you make dinner and have jobs around the house, like take out the garbage and load up the dishwasher

you might be thinking he is too young for this BUT he isn’t
you will find this will at first be protested but eventually he will do it without complaint ( much complaints)

and praise when he attempts to follow through
praise when he is successful
and most important discouragment if he refuses(this is an import factor many parents leave out these days)

its not ok for them to do as they please, and you need to SHOW him you are disappointed, not hitting, or psyco behavior but a good old fashioned yell at violent behaior

if he is used to you yelling then 360 and quitely admonish and send him to his room

– One more thing a punish ment should never punish the parent. So if he doesn’t mind then make him clean the house
or something else you need done, and if he helps you by doing more than his regualr chores reward him with money
give him the money in his hand and let him spend it, you can advise him to save it or use it wisely but at first he should spend it,

hope this helps
and hope you understand that your CHILD does understand and can do what you ask

Meg

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Lizzie asks…

do typically developing toddlers flap their hands?

Hi,
I’m the neighborhood not the parents.

I know of a set of Boy/girl twins who are typically developing toddlers, they’ll be 2 this summer.
When the children get excited about something I see them flapping their hands for a few mintunes.
Is this normal of 2 year old toddlers or is this a cause for corcern for autism?
If this is a sign of autism what are the signs of autism in a toddler?

admin answers:

Hi. My 6 year old stepson is autistic. He did flap his hands. Other signs he showed that we thought were cute but learned later were signs were spinning toys, opening and shutting cabinet doors for hours, speaking very few words calling everything dee dee, doing the same thing over and over, playing alone. When he did finally say a few more words, he could not answer questions. If you asked “whats your name?” he answered “whats your name?” and this could go on for hours no matter what the question was.

However, he did these things all day every day. He didnt really get excited about things… So it may just be some quirky thing they do. I have heard that twins do odd things like that during toddler and early childhood years.

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