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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Babies

Chris asks…

What are the first signs of Autism / Developmental Delay that you start to see when they are a baby?

admin answers:

I second everything that Robin wrote. My son was just like that too. He would even break down if someone cleared their throat. Today we use headphones for the auditory. After I taught him to read and write he was able to use a Dynavox which has brought much fewer meltdowns. He is 8 this year and he just pointed for the first time last month. We don’t do any kind of treatments or special diets. We just love and accept him for who he is. Give him patience to learn at his own pace and style even if it means coming up with 50 different ways to teach the same thing until you find one that clicks for him.

I once read a t-shirt that said “Autism isn’t a processing error, it’s a different operating system.” If you can remember that and learn the different system they run you can better understand how they experience the world. My feeling is that autism isn’t a tragedy but an adventure. Simply by experiencing the world differently an autistic person has greater potential to become an innovator. The intense focus that some see as obsessiveness I see as beneficial for reaching a level of expertise in a chosen field. After all a jack of all trades is usually a master of none.

If your child is autistic figure out their triggers and motivators first and the rest will fall into place. Stay positive and best of luck to you.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder In Children

Betty asks…

Why is children’s mental health so widely disagreed on?

EAch doctor see something else, labels it one thing (adhd) another doctor says aspenger (low spectrum autism) another bipolar, another odd or conduct disorder. all with the same titles and education. How do you ever really know what is wrong with your child? And how do you make sure your child is getting the correct treatment is the diagnose is so different?
Is their a test that can watch brain activity, to see if something is wrong with the way a brain is suppose to work?

admin answers:

Diagnosing a mental illness is often very difficult, because there are so many variables, especially with children. With children under 18 some behavior is appropriate at one age but then most out grow it. Mental health issues are NOT an exact science like most or at leastt many physical illnesses.
Occasionallyy there are blood test or MRI but not usually. And let face it with younger children they often have some trouble expressing how they are feeling.
As far as the best diagnosis, I would go to the best psychiatrist that you can find, one that specializes in children- youchild’sd’s age. I would not take a child to a general pract. For a psych. Evaluation-they just do not have enough experience or training to stick a label on your child for life. Most doctors are reluctant to give a BiPolar diagnosis until well past 18 yrs. If I can answer any other specific questions please email me. God Bless REGGIE

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Thomas asks…

What are the chances of us having an autistic child?

My husband’s niece has Asperger Syndrome. Are the chances higher than average for us to have a baby with AS or autism?

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There are a few different spectrums of Autism and ASperger syndrome is one of them,it is less severe and usually occurs in females..Autism is becoming more frequent yet doctors and scientists truly dont know what the cause is but they do believe it may be genetic,and since it usually isnt diagnosed until the ages between 2 and 4,it would be highly unlikely to detect beforehand if you and your husbands child will develop it..still yet,you and your husband should see a genetic counselor and have tests run before getting pregnant to rule out any other possible genetic abnormalities…the good news though,is that even with Autism reaching its all time high,the treatments are getting better and with more success…hope this helped! Good luck…

For more info visit
http://health.yahoo.com/nervous-overview/autism-topic-overview/healthwise–hw152186.html

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Chris asks…

Why is there controversy over the Combating Autism Act? What does it involve?

Autism is not a mental illness, but a neuro-biological disorder. But I’m not sure what category would be best for this question. I hope placing it here in the mental health section does not offend anyone. If it does, I’d like to apologize.

Ok, what exactly is the Combating Autism Act, and why are many parents of Autustic children, and many Autistic adults against it? Will this act find ways to prevent children with this syndrome from being born, or will it simply spread awareness about Autism, and provide treatment so that Autistics can function with more ease in society?

Would this also apply to people with Aspergers? Also, what will this mean for adults who have gone undiagnosed for years, only to find out at 20, 30, and older they have an autistic spectrum disorder? Will they be ostracized even more if Autism is eventually gotten rid of in the future? I’m confused and interested in hearing both sides. Thanks.

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The Combating Autism Act is all about diverting funds to research a way to detect autism while the child is in the womb. There already is such a test for cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, and Down Syndrome. I cannot speak for CF or for SB, but I can for the DS. This sounds great, I know! I thought it was at first. My 5 yr old is autistic, and I would have loved to have known in advance that he had it, to have time to prepare, to research, to be more understanding from the start. What I learned though is that after this test for Downs was approved and in place, fewer babies were born with Downs, because the parents chose to abort the babies. A lot of us are seriously against the act because as parents of children with autism, we KNOW that even though our children have serious challenges and life isn’t always fun, our kids are so wonderful! They have moments that just blow you away, and can be so full of love. But, I can guarantee you that parents will not be told this when they test positive, and how unfair is that to abort a child with only hearing the scary, unknown possibilities? I took that stupid test for downs with my youngest child, and it came up positive, although I don’t remember the ‘chance’ they gave, but it was a high chance. I refused to take the amnio, because that can cause miscarriage and babies have been damaged from this. The specialist did everything he could to talk me into aborting my child, because of ‘how difficult it can be to raise a special needs baby’. If I wasn’t strong on my stance I probably would have aborted. How sad is that? My child didn’t have Downs! I found out that that test is not very accurate at all, that there is a high percentage of false positives. So, how many little lives were lost because of one-sided information and fear? It’s our fear that the same exact thing will happen with autism. Thing is, Autism Speaks, one of the biggest fundraisers for autism research, supports the combating autism act, so I don’t support them or any of the other high profile companies. If they would instead focus on testing these children AT BIRTH to determine if they had it, I would give them every dollar I have. But, I cannot and will not support a cause that ‘could’ basically cause a whole ‘type’ of people to be erased from the planet. Here’s a link for you to look at, it’s the one that started opening my eyes.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9yFsQm2Bp4

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Question?: Treatment For Autism 2012

Donald asks…

If you are a parent/sibling/grandparent with or of a child with special needs…?

How open are you to sharing your story about his/her educational experience (good or bad) to be published in a text for future educators or practicing teachers?

I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree to be a intervention specialist for children with moderate to intense needs. I will graduate this year, 2012, and I am very interested in publishing a book of parent stories, whether the stories have to deal with the education system, families, growing up, initial reactions, etc.

What I am looking for is an answer to: How many families/parents/grandparents/siblings will openly share their story to enhance the education of others?

Thank you in advance for your interest and time.

admin answers:

I think you’ll find a great number of people who are willing to. I have a daughter with autism and belong to a mom’s group that has about a dozen or so moms who are able to meet Wednesday afternoons (there are other groups that run at other times so this is just a small subset of moms who are stay at home or have flexible work schedules), and I’ve found every single one of them remembers how hard it is to face something as daunting as a diagnosis of autism and finding your way through treatments, dietary help, and education that everyone is more than happy to share their experience and advice about their experiences.

You’re probably looking for people in the US (I’m in Canada) and I’ve only just started out with Junior Kindergarten so far (in a special school too – we only have to start facing the public system starting in September which we are not looking forward to), but if you can find the support groups out there you will find plenty of people more than willing to help you if they know it will help other parents in similar situations.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Sandra asks…

What are your thoughts on the link between the MMR vaccine and autism?

I have concerns over the MMR vaccine. I haven’t done enough research to determine what I will do. Have you vaccinated your children…What are you thoughts?

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Receiving the MMR vaccine is a risk for developing autism. It is not the only cause, but is often the last straw to a child’s body and brain after being weakened by other vaccines, environmental pollution, an unknown underlying genetic condition, etc. Etc.

My children are not vaccinated at all. They are 5 years and 17 months old. Neither one has gotten the measles or the mumps yet, and I wouldn’t know if they’ve gotten rubella because it is so mild in children it often causes no symptoms at all.

People didn’t used to be afraid of measles or mumps or rubella, before the vaccine. They were diseases every child got. Mothers would take their kids to other kids’ houses when they had measles, to get them infected at a convenient time or just to get it over with.

Even if your kids did get measles, mumps, or rubella, they would be fine. But the reality is, they have an extremely low chance these days of getting those diseases. The measles “outbreak” in the U.S. This year that was so highly publicized affected only 131 people in a population of over 300 million. Nobody died, only 15 people were admitted to the hospital, and nobody had any lasting health effects.

I don’t expect that my children will get measles or mumps or rubella. But if they do, they’ll be fine, and they’ll have immunity for life, whereas the vaccine does not provide lifelong immunity.

If you decide to not give the MMR, just read about the diseases and their home treatments. Read about what supplements help, such as vitamin A for measles. Research how Tylenol and other fever reducers make illnesses worse. Once you have the knowledge, you will feel secure in your decision.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Carol asks…

For people whoes work is psycology, are those the people who study things like autism?

Like do they study people with austism behavior and try to find out why?
If not, who do?

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Some psychologists do study the behavior and cognition of autistic people, and I think that of all the research you can do on autism, this is the most important. If you can understand the different ways autistic people think, then you can teach them better; and better education means more independence. Nowadays, the education many autistic children receive is substandard, inefficient, coercive, or little better than just a place to go and have someone watch you during the school day. Gifted autistic children have even more trouble–they don’t fit into either the special ed class or the gifted class. Many parents of autistic children have chosen to home-school, and have to learn their particular children’s ways of learning before they can teach anything.

So yes. People are researching it, and it is very important. Learning about cognition and learning in the autistic mind could open doors for a lot of people who have been missing out in school, in college, and in the work world.

Unfortunately, much of the research money is going into autism cause and medications for autism treatment–especially towards genetic testing that would detect autism before birth and allow the option of abortion. Needless to say, this does absolutely nothing to help the autistic people who already exist; nor does it sit very well with autistic people and their families, who would on the whole be much happier if their existence weren’t considered a burden better terminated before it began.

I think we would be a lot better off if we knew more about how autistic people learn. Medication covers up symptoms or just drugs a child into compliance; genetic testing can’t help anybody at all. But if you can properly educate an autistic child, you can remove a lot of obstacles for him to reach his potential. I think we’re missing out on the contributions a lot of people who fell through the cracks of the school system thanks to atypical learning styles.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Daniel asks…

What is your opinion about parents falsely using religion as a way to avoid having their children vaccinated?

Many states have exemptions to allow parents to not have their children vaccinated on the grounds that it conflicts with their religion, and many religions do have legitimate objections to having children vaccinated, or against other forms of medical treatment. However what are your opinions on the growing number of parents who are claiming this exemption solely to avoid having their children vaccinated due to concerns that have nothing to do with religion. For example that vaccinations increase the chances of autism, that they may cause their children to get sick, or they frankly just don’t believe they have any effect good or bad.
Are these people selfish, by putting themselves, their children and society at risk for outbreaks of diseases that vaccinations have for the most part erradicated? Or are these people exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of choice and the freedom from an overly intrusive government?

admin answers:

I think that these people are exercising their freedom to be ignorant. We have become complacent in our society about the severity of pandemic illness because the majority of us have never seen them. We do not fear what we have not seen. Ask my Grandmother who is 93 about surviving the flu epidemic or the polio outbreaks…she buried 5 brothers and sisters to the flu and lost one to polio. She remembers a time when her entire town was stricken so severely with polio that schools were shut down because more students were ill than well.

Is this what we need to go back too in order to get it through the thick headed skulls of people that vaccinations are an essential part of having a healthy society?

“Autism austims austims” – one there is ZERO connection between autism and vaccinations – move on! We live in a polluted, hormone ridden, food additive laden society — but vaccines have been made the scapegoat.

If parents don’t want to vaccinate their children then they are playing russian roullette with their health – and should be ashamed of themselves.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Betty asks…

Can adults be diagnosed with Aspergers for the first time?

And, if so, are there treatments effective for adults who have never been diagnosed before?

admin answers:

Yes, adults can be diagnosed with Asperger’s, even if they have never had an autism spectrum disorder or any other diagnosis previously. And yes, there are treatments that are effective, however many adults being diagnosed for the first time have “self-selected” certain aspects of their lives in order to deal with their disability. For example, often adults with Asperger’s choose jobs where there is not a lot of social interaction required. Here’s a good website that has information about Asperger’s in adults:

http://www.aspennj.org/

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Babies

Lizzie asks…

Why do older parents increase the risk of child abnormalities?

Why does the risk of having a baby with a chromosome abnormality increase as maternal age increases?

admin answers:

There are 2 sets of factors, they are not mutually exclusive, and both may well be important. One set of factors involves biological changes that occur as men and women get older and that can affect the outcome of the pregnancy. Down syndrome would be an example of an outcome we know is sometimes related to maternal age. For women, as they get older, the hormonal balance of the womb changes in some ways, and older women are more likely to have infertility. There has been speculation that the hormonal changes that contribute to infertility, or the treatments for infertility, may increase the risk for autism, but we don’t have very good data yet. As a woman ages, she will have an increased cumulative exposure to chemicals and toxins in her environment that may affect the neurodevelopment of the fetus. Again, there are not very much data there, but it makes good biological sense to conduct research on environmental factors to which the mother is exposed before or during pregnancy that may affect fetal neurodevelopment.

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