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Question?: Pdd Autism

Paul asks…

What is Autism exactly-I have an autistic sister?

I would like to understand her situation better. I don’t live with her so when ever I do see her (which is like maybe once every 5 months, if that) she’s a little hard to handle. She’s very hyper. And she’s got more problems other than just autism.

But what is autism exactly? I just want to understand my baby sister more.

admin answers:

Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger’s Syndrome (these children typically have normal speech, but they have many “autistic” social and behavioral problems).

It used to be thought that autism is just a fate that you accept.The good news is that there are now a wide variety of treatment options which can be very helpful. Some treatments may lead to great improvement, and others may have little or no effect, but a good starting point would be the parent ratings of biomedical interventions, which presents the responses of over 25,000 parents in showing the effectiveness of various interventions on their own child.

ARI’s Diagnostic Checklist, Form E-2, was developed by Dr. Bernard Rimland to diagnose children with Kanner’s syndrome (which is also known as ‘classical autism’). Many parents and professionals have also used the E-2 checklist to assist in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You can print out, complete the checklist, and then mail it to ARI for scoring. Our staff will analyze the responses and send you a score along with an interpretation. The checklist is available in 17 different languages. There is no charge for this service.

How Common is it? For many years autism was rare – occurring in just five children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990’s, the rate of autism has increased exponentially around the world with figures as high as 60 per 10,000. Boys outnumber girls four to one. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism.

What is the Outlook? Age at intervention has a direct impact on outcome–typically, the earlier a child is treated, the better the prognosis will be. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the percentage of children who can attend school in a typical classroom and live semi-independently in community settings. However, the majority of autistic persons remain impaired in their ability to communicate and socialize.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Treatment

William asks…

Can Aspergers Syndrome affect your Social health?

My therapist, mother, and father all suspect i have Aspergers Syndrome, but can it really affect your socializing? As well as A.D.D. and OCD? We all suspect i have all 3. And i’m feeling really depressed right know, so do you think so?

admin answers:

Yes, Asperger’s syndrome affects socializing, as it causes people to have poor social skills and a limited ability to develop good social skills.

Asperger’s syndrome varies a lot in severity though, so not everyone who has it will have the same level of difficulties with socializing.

Some people have mild Asperger’s syndrome and in those cases other people may not always notice much difference. Others have more severe forms of Asperger’s syndrome and cannot as easily mask or hide the disorder or the symptoms.

Some people with Asperger’s syndrome are lucky and are surrounded with people who don’t let the person’s poor social skills be a big problem, but a lot of people with Asperger’s syndrome are not that lucky and are constantly excluded and rejected by other people because of their poor social skills or simply for being different.

Many people with Asperger’s syndrome live in social isolation. Some of them don’t mind it and actually enjoy their solitary lives, while others are greatly bothered by this isolation and become really depressed.

I cannot judge whether you have Asperger’s or not, but it sounds like there is a reason to have a professional (a psychiatrist for example) do an evaluation to find out for sure. If you do have some disorder (or a combination of many disorders), a psychiatrist should be able to diagnose you and suggest treatment options.

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Question?: Autism Signs 2 Year Old

Daniel asks…

Autism,my 2 year old has it, what does the future hold?

My 2 year old son has autism, he cannot speak at the moment, his signs of autism are good, he’s very loving. He loves to kiss and cuddle up and to hold hands and walk everywhere, he hates the car. When he walks he likes to go the same way, and signs on the pavement he stops to look at. Luke can hold a spoon and fork and feed himself, and he is going to hospital in september to find what form of autism he has. But he loves to laugh and smile and go on the trampoline with his brothers and jump up and down. Tv i notice is bad for him, he’s like in a coma with it, in a trance state, he loves dora. But im wondering if he will ever speak or be able to run, as he can only walk.Has anyone a guess what sort of autism he might have or what his chances of speaking are?

admin answers:

I can’t say what level of autism he may have, but you are the best source of knowing what level he has. When my son was evaluated, they asked me several questions about his behavior. They also did another question session with me and my husband at seperate times to compare our answers. We went through a month of evaluations before he was diagnosed. You know your child best. The best thing you can do is be as precise as you can when answering any questions pertaining to him.

I have a 3 yr old with autism..I highly suggest going to the American Autism Society’s website. This site is so informative. It will tell you exactly what they look for, treatment options, etc.

With autism, each child is different regardless of what similarities of symtoms they may have. Some therapies work with some and not with others. Sometimes with autism a child never speaks, sometimes they will start speaking then stop and never speak again, some will speak and continue speaking throughout their lives.

My son doesn’t really speak. If we spell out a word and then say the word he will repeat the spelling and the word. Unless we do that he will not say any words. He will say letters and numbers on his own. Sometimes, but very seldom, he will start spelling words on his own if he sees a sign, sees it on tv, etc.

My son is drawn to the tv as well…he loves game shows such as price as right and jeopardy, he loves sports, and the news because of the numbers. He loves wheel of fortune because of the letters, that’s actually what got him to begin saying his alphabet on his own. As letters are called he repeats them and points to them on the tv.

Another thing we have began to do is teach him American Sign Language. Even though he is progressing slowly with speech, there is no guarentee he will keep progressing and will be able to talk fully. This gives us another form of communication. He at this time only knows the alphabet, but when I sign each letter he can tell me what they are on his own. It was quite surprising on how quickly he picked up on them. Whether or not he picks up on other signs as quickly is yet to be known, I still am learning them myself.

After your son has been evaluated he will begin occupational and speech therapy. It depends on each child as to how much of each the child may need. Many people with autism lead very normal lives. Many excel in math, music, and art.

Having a child with autism can be very stressful and can wear you out, but no matter how hard it gets, never, never give up on what your child may do in the future. He may surprise you. Alot of parents I have spoken to says their child has actually made them a better person overall.

Good Luck =)

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Principles Of Excellent Autism Care And Treatment

As an autism consultant I’ve observed families struggle with the overwhelming amount of information and treatment options recommended for their child. While I don’t believe that any approach addresses all of a child or family’s needs, I have seen the effects (both positive and negative) of enough approaches to appreciate the principles that seem to lead to the best results. In my quest to get to the ‘root’ of my client’s obstacles to progress, I’ve trained and achieved certification in several complementary modalities over the past several years. This list is a summary of some of my observations of what is most helpful working with families through a variety of developmental approaches:

1. Treatment is Heart-Centered – all caregivers (parents, babysitters, therapists) and service providers should ideally be coming from a place of supportive, loving energy. (Not to be confused with celebrating for no reason).

2. Family Priorities are established in the intake process to guide treatment objectives.

3. Treatment goals are directly related to functional improvements in Quality of Life for the child and the family. (A child in Florida does not need to know what a sheep is when he doesn’t know another person is in the same room with him.)

4. Spontaneous independent demonstration of skills and behavior is how progress should be measured – it does not matter what a child is doing when prompted if we don’t see spontaneous generalization and use of skills.

5. Instill in parents that they don’t have to do everything at once, nor do they have to do everything before the child turns 5 years old. The medical establishment unnecessarily stresses parents by drilling this false notion into their psyche. People grow and develop throughout their whole lives. Otherwise none of us would have learned to drive a car.

6. Don’t believe “conventional wisdom”. Science is important and critical thinking is imperative. However, be aware that it takes decades before the cutting edge research is distilled into textbooks which are used to train the next generation of therapists. The majority of professionals diagnosing autism and making treatment recommendations have little real-world experience in the homes of families who live with an autistic child. In addition, it is rare to find a diagnosing professional who has a good idea of the pros and cons of various treatment modalities. Just because a PhD or MD says ABA is the ‘only’ effective autism therapy does not mean it is true (it is not). It just means it is the only one they have heard much about and they probably learned about it in their doctoral or medical school program at a continuing education seminar.

7. Autism can be thought of as a disorder of Regulation – therefore, treatment priorities should emphasize ‘bottom-up’ as well as ‘top-down’ processing modalities that support regulation of the brain and nervous system. Self-regulation and Co-regulation can be addressed through a combination of various body-mind (i.e. HANDLE® and MNRI®) and cognitive-developmental approaches (i.e. RDI® and Miller Method®) that are very successful at getting to the root of many of the processing challenges children with autism tend to have.

8. Teaching skills (i.e. academics, ABA, etc.) should be addressed after Self-Regulation and Co-regulation are in progress or developing. (Self-regulation is not to be confused with “Compliance”, which often happens in place of mindfulness and self-regulation.)

9. Parents should be taught as soon as possible about the concepts of regulation, co-regulation, and experience-sharing communication. Co-regulation is rarely talked about in most autism therapies, aside from RDI®. It is critical that families understand this concept, because it is a foundation to communication and independent functioning, and is often non-existent with individuals with ASD. Instead a pattern of compensation develops and ‘pseudo-coordination’ or ‘pseudo-conversation’ ensue.

10. Watch out for the tendency to ‘over-therapize’ the child with autism. Remember that children with autism are children first.. It is not ‘normal’ for a child to spend dozens of hours each week in one-sided therapeutic interactions (which much of autism treatment can be without understanding co-regulation, which is mentioned in #9). It is important that children with ASD are provided with competent roles and participate in family life like their siblings. We hope for children with autism to turn out ‘normal’ as adults when much of their childhood does not provide ‘normal’ experiences if they are over-therapized.

11. Pay attention to how the child spends his time. The brain changes itself and organizes itself through experience. This means every waking hour the child with autism is practicing and rehearsing building neural pathways, digging ‘grooves’ deeper and deeper. Think about the child’s interests and how much time he spends engaging in repetitive, “mindless” activities (to reference Dr. Steve Gutstein), how much time he spends watching television or playing a video game. Parents can significantly alter the course of the child’s brain development by becoming educated on autism deficits, and making simple adjustments to daily interactions to build opportunities for mindfulness, social engagement and creative thinking. The brain does not stop self-organizing after age 5, and parents can make a significant difference in brain development if they are aware of a few key strategies.

April Choulat from Pathways Developmental Learning Center, Inc. For useful tips and information on educational programs for autism remediation, visit us today at http://www.pathwaysdlc.com/.

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All Available Treatment Options Of Autism

How dreadful it would be if we couldn’t be able to speak out our feelings and thought? That’s what ‘autism’ does to you. Under the influence of this terrible neurological disorder, one’s mind and body stays under developed. Symptoms of this disease can be seen after first three years of a child’s life. It’s curable but information about it is scarce. There are several ways to cure autism as the experts believe. So, let’s talk about how it can be treated.

Effects of vitamins and nutrients

Doctors have many theories for the cause of Autism. Some believe the lack of vitamins and minerals like calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium and chromium is the reason of this disorder. Therefore it has become a common practice to prescribe multivitamin or mineral nutrient supplements to kids who are suffering from this disease. It has been proven through many tests that, treating autism patients with vitamin and nutrition shows improvement in their learning, speaking and behavioral skills.

Oral medicines

It was first known as an experimental therapy but soon it proved to be one of the most efficient therapy to cure autism. As per the doctors, it should be given thrice a day with vitamin pills as support. The statistics say, that kids treated by this therapy show change in behavior in less than 4 days. They were less irritable and more responsive than before and this therapy is affordable too.

Stem Cell Therapy

In this therapy one’s own cell from bone marrow is used. Why stem cells? Well, because these cells are able to change into other cell types, they can travel faster to the damaged tissues and has the capability to merge with other cells. When injected, a stem cell travels to the damaged tissue location being attracted by the chemicals that damaged tissues release in the blood stream. Then it connects itself to the damaged tissue and transforms into the same tissue afterwards.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

This is the latest and most efficient therapy to cure autism. It is a process in which, the patient breathes pure oxygen at high atmospheric pressure. This high altitude does the trick as it forces more oxygen in one’s bloodstream and accelerates healing process. A few years earlier people didn’t even know its name but now, all the researches are giving the credibility to Hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

So, gone are the days to feel terrified of this disease, as we have Hyperbaric oxygen therapy by our side.

Kevin Halls is a well published and certified autism treatment specialist. He is a member of Autism Wisconsin and tries his best to treat his patients well. He has witnessed unbelievable recovery of his patients through hyperbaric treatment. Thus he is sharing his thoughts with us.

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Adapting to the Knowledge That Your Child Has Autism

As a parent, you’ve never wanted less than the best for your own child. If you’re adapting to the knowledge that your child has autism, you’re likely in a state of disbelief. You may feel like you’re a failure. You may feel helpless. No parent wants to hear that something is wrong with his or her child that he or she cannot fix. However, we live in a world where disease is more the rule than the exception and we must adapt. In your case, you must adapt quickly in order to help your child live the most fulfilling life possible.

For many parents, autistic children are mysterious and challenging. They may be hard to bond with because they seem distant and their actions make no sense. Believe it or not, high-functioning autistic children often feel the same way about their parents. The key is for you to move beyond your feelings so that you can do what is right to adapt to the knowledge that your child has autism. A full adaptation, accompanied by studying up on the topic, may give you the tools you need to give your autistic child the tools he or she needs to function independently when you’re no longer able to care for him or her.

Discover your child’s degree of autism. The term autism simply describes a minimal extent of measurable traits. In other words, nearly everyone has autistic traits, it’s just a matter of how many they have and how dominant those traits are. You, your friends, or some of your co-workers might fall into the minimally autistic category without even realizing it.

You need to get your child to specialists in order to learn the extent in which your child is autistic in order to make a plan of action to help your child’s development.

Make a treatment option list. Once you know the extent of autism, you can work with a specialist to come up with treatment options, ranging from special parenting skills classes to special schools for autistic children.

Build a support system. You need a specialist you can call with questions and, ideally, a support group for parents of autistic children where you can talk about your problems.

If you have other children, remember that it is hard for them too, so make special time for them. You also need to stay current on the latest autism studies and don’t be afraid to try new things with your child.

The number of children diagnosed with autism is growing at a rapid rate. As a result, many parents are forced into roles they are not familiar with and are not prepared to handle. For more information on autism in toddlers, visit AutismInToddlers.net, a site that helps parents understand autism.

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Effective Aspergers Treatments for Children

The only common thing among Aspergers patients is that their symptoms come in a variety of ways, therefore treatment has to be varied case to case. Each child will need different areas of treatment, so there are different treatment options available. As with anything, the more knowledge that is gained about this condition, the easier children and adults are finding to live with it. Depending on the needs of your child, the following treatments can be helpful.

Some children with Aspergers find that cognitive behavior therapy can be quite helpful. While not a cure, it is designed to help the child control disruptive or upsetting behavior. Aspergers can show itself through several types of behavior that can complicate life for the child and those around them.

Examples of these behaviors include temper tantrums, anxiety disorders and temper tantrums. Cognitive behavior therapy focuses on specific problems and teaches the child new skills to change their responses. The purpose is to boost the child’s confidence so it is then easier for them to interact with others.

You may find that a conversation with the school psychologist can be helpful if your child has Aspergers syndrome. In many cases, its possible for children with Aspergers to function at a high level in school, but it’s essential to work with the school and find out about any services they offer. In any areas that your child has difficulty in, whether it be socially or academically, the school officials can help with this. From the principals to the teachers, take the time to get to know each as much as possible. While the average parent should strive to do this, it is vital for parents with children with Aspergers.

Not only will you feel more comfortable sharing your concerns, but the school is more likely to keep you informed of your child’s progress.

Parent to parent networking is important for parents of children with Aspergers syndrome. Look for support groups in your area. You can also find online groups and forums. These can all be good places to share information, tips and offer each other moral support.

Learn from those who have older children with Aspergers and have been dealing with this for years. Other treatment options may be discovered through these resources, that even your doctor or child’s psychologist have not thought of. With all the information available to us these days, it is nice to find someone who is in a similar circumstance. Other parents can be a huge help when dealing with Aspergers syndrome. Even experts still have a lot to learn about Aspergers. If someone in your family has this condition, you have to observe them and see what does and doesn’t work. To help your child with Aspergers adjust to his world, keep the above suggestions in mind and consult regularly with a qualified doctor. The article author has been writing article content for several years. Head to his website about cheap gym equipment. They have also another great new site on custom closet systems.
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Stability and Routines for Children With Aspergers Syndrome

Parents of children with Aspergers want to find the best treatment options for this condition. Aspergers cannot be cured however, because it is not a disease. When doctors treat Aspergers, they are actually helping the child to function better in areas where they are experiencing problems. The following are some Aspergers treatments that can be helpful in many cases.

Children with Aspergers are affected greatly by any change in their routine, therefore it is key to keep as much stability in their life as possible. Assigning times for even simple tasks like free time, homework and meal time, will help give them structure in their routine. Raising children can be done either this way or with a more freer style. Regardless your preference, too much flexibility for a child with Asbergers will just confuse them. Life will be less stressful for them with a constant routine.

Be sure to discuss your child’s Aspergers syndrome with their school psychologist. Children with Aspergers can function at high levels in school, as long as you work with the school and determine what services they have available. If your child has any areas of difficulty, either with certain academic subjects, or fitting in socially, the school authorities can sometimes help. From the principals to the teachers, take the time to get to know each as much as possible. For parents of children with Aspergers this is more important than the average parent.

This way the school is more likely to keep you informed regarding the progress your child is making, and you can tell them about any areas of concern.

The adjusting period can be difficult for children with Aspergers, but once past this hurdle many do fine in the average classroom. There are a few that can never get past the adjustment phase though. Adjusting may be difficult due to your child’s particular symptoms or even the school in your are. Some kids will bully children with Aspergers making it hard for them to fit in and adjust to their surroundings. Home schooling can be an option if this is the case, or perhaps a program to teach you and your child special skills, or even a special school. The point is, if the school your child is going to isn’t helping him or her to adjust well to life, you should seek an alternative or at least additional help.

There are many ways to help children with Aspergers learn the necessary skills to function in society. Today you can find lots of options in the form of programs, treatments, organizations, both in your area and online. You and your child can find the right plan with just a little research. We’ve only had room to look at a few of the treatments for Aspergers that are available, but these can be a good starting point. Find the best deviled egg carrier and Deviled Egg Recipes.
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Sorting Through the Many Treatments for Aspergers Syndrome

The result of more people being aware of Aspergers syndrome, has been the increase of the numbers and kinds of treatments. Autism in itself can be quite a debilitating disease, while Aspergers syndrome is a form of autism it is not as sever. It is still a good idea to be aware of the treatment options available since kids with Asbergers syndrome still require special help in many areas. Below we will talk about some of the best treatments out there.

One important area of treatment is usually social skills because children with Aspergers tend to have trouble communicating and socializing with their peers. Many basic interacting skills that get taken for granted have to be taught to a child with Aspergers. They need to learn to talk in a more natural sounding manner because their speech often sounds different, for example. Normal body language and making eye contact need to be taught to them as well. These children also have to learn how to understand things like humor, sarcasm and tone of voice, which they often have trouble with. Each case will have a different treatment based on the needs of that particular child. Teaching a child with Aspergers this kinds of skills is extremely valuable because it allows them to relate to others better.

When treating children with Aspergers, you have to be alert regarding anything that upsets them or triggers a negative reaction. It can be almost anything, and will be different for each child. Lights, sounds, tastes or feelings are possibilities, and since kids with Aspergers are wired differently, the average person probably wouldn’t even notice them. An example may be that you find lighting in a certain room seems to make your child more agitated. You have to learn to recognize these things since they can be very disturbing for children with Aspergers.

Coordination and poor motor skills can also be a problem for children with Aspergers. This can make every day activities like throwing a ball or using a pen difficult. Such symptoms can also make it harder for these kids to fit in socially. A child with these symptoms would have a treatment program that focuses on the problems they have with physical and motor skills. In many cases, physical therapy can help them to become more coordinated and confident in their bodies. With this type of treatment, they can appear less awkward to their peers and learn to enjoy more activities. It is common for physical therapy to be combined with other forms of treatment because children with Aspergers will often have problems in various areas. There are various treatments for the symptoms of Aspergers, even though the condition itself cannot be cured. The symptoms exhibited by the child will help determine the treatment program used. Keep the above suggestions in mind to further help your child overcome the difficulties that this condition can cause. Eggcrate foam mattress pads are a cheap way to extend the life of your mattress. An egg crate mattress topper will help you get a good nights sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
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The Secret Of Understanding Your Child’s Diagnosis Of Aspergers Syndrome

When a kid is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, it can be a very confusing and frustrating time for a parent. You will marvel what to expect as your kid grows, what the treatment options are, and the way you’ll best help your child develop to his full potential socially, intellectually, and emotionally. You will feel as if you’re all alone or that your child’s condition is somehow your fault. Thankfully, however, there is facilitate for parents of kids with Aspergers. The most effective place to start is by understanding what a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome means.

SYMPTOMS OF ASPERGERS SYNDROME

As you may be told once you received your kid’s diagnosis; Asperger Syndrome is part of the Autism Spectrum. Kids with the disorder might display the following symptoms:

•They may have difficulty in social situations. This stems from their struggle with understanding things such as body language cues and changes in the tone and pitch of a person’s speech. Usually, they have problems interpreting alternative folks’s emotions and reacting accordingly, and so they’ll appear to be devoid of empathy. Additionally, several children with Aspergers either stare inappropriately or refuse to make eye contact.

•Not like kids with full-blown autism, children with Aspergers Syndrome typically acquire language at a normal rate. However, they will still realize conversation difficult. They need a arduous time taking turns speaking, and they may talk obsessively concerning one subject. Additionally, they have a tendency to speak in a manner which will be hard for folks to grasp and to voice everything they’re thinking, even when it’s not appropriate.

•Asperger Syndrome is often amid a dependence on routine. When this routine is disrupted, your child might have a meltdown.

•Your kid could have a single, all-consuming interest that takes up most of his time. It may seem inappropriate for his age or highly advanced, or it could be only a half of a whole.

•Several kids with Asperger Syndrome have sensory issues. They may become easily overstimulated by bright lights or loud noises or bothered by certain tastes or textures.

•Another frequent sign of this syndrome could be a late development of motor skills. You may realize that your kid incorporates a laborious time with fine motor skills or hand to eye coordination.

It is important to notice that having one or two of those symptoms do not essentially mean that a kid has Asperger’s. In order to receive this diagnosis, a kid should have a combination of many of the higher than symptoms in addition to serious social problems.

TREATMENT FOR ASPERGER’S SYNDROME

Asperger’s Syndrome is usually treated using a combination of the following 2 strategies:

•Medication. Though there is no medication developed specifically for Aspergers, there are drugs that can facilitate to manage a number of the symptoms. However, it’s essential to realize that these items don’t seem to be a cure.

•Behavioural modification. Many youngsters affected by Asperger Syndrome can profit greatly from therapy sessions that focus on helping him understand other folks and apply social situations. These will be found through your kid’s college, your native autism support group, or your kid’s doctor. In addition, peer counsellors are a great manner to help your kid integrate into society.

Finally, please perceive that you are not alone. It has been estimated that two out of every ten thousand, kids are suffering from Asperger’s syndrome, and one in an exceedingly hundred are autistic. There is facilitate for you in the form of autism support groups, Internet communities, and respite care. As a parent, make positive that you’re utilizing all resources accessible to you.

If you wish to understand what you wish to do when your child has been clinically determined with aspergers, then visit http://www.parentingaspergerscommunity.com and take guidance from Dave Angel.
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