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What percentage of diagnosis fall into each category? Is Aspergers, PDD-NOS or Classic Autism the most common? It's not an easy question to answer. Paper after paper disputes the validity of the manner of distinction of the subtypes, and differences between the DSM-IV and the DSM-V are significant, resulting in a reclassification of a large number of ...


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Talk to the school. They should have an anti-bullying policy. Get it and insist that they apply it in this case. Write to the teachers. Identify the specific hurtful behaviours being used and insist that they are stamped on. The only way to stop this is to make it clear to the bullies that their behaviour will not be tolerated. Bullying is child abuse, no ...


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I hate to break it to you, but you're probably going to have to figure it out on your own, or with the help of an occupational therapist. My daughter has cerebral palsy and often gets loud and bothersome as you describe, but the things we have learned that calm her don't work at all for my nephews with down syndrome or autism, or even other children with ...


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I don't have any experience with potty training a special needs child, but I have potty trained three boys, and even though they are normal (developmentally anyway) it was very frustrating at times, and we had our brushes with total madness as well. So, in that respect, it appears potty training is progressing normally for you. Hang in there, your child ...


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Correlation, not causation, is the problem here. Nothing "causes" autism, it is a natural state for people. It's not even an "illness", it's a combination of personality and behavioral states that we classify as a condition simply because it is outside of "social norms". In short: "it just happens" The parents have heard that vaccination causes Autism, so ...


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My daughter seems to like shoving her hand down her diapers. She is a scratch fan so she just tears up her skin unless we block her with a onesie. They make them for larger kids too: www.special-need-products.com They look like normal shirts so he shouldn't appear strangely to anyone. Just that when he does decide to give the toilet a try he will need extra ...


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I have personal experience toilet training one neurotypical boy, and one neuroatypical boy, although he is not on the autism spectrum -- he has Tourette Syndrome (TS) and ADHD. A friend whose daughter is on the autism spectrum was in a similar situation as yours, with respect to urination. At about the same age as yours is, she worked out a sticker system ...


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You're not losing your "one remaining brain cell". You are absolutely right in wanting the child tested for anything and everything, and with the signs you discuss, I have no idea why your requests aren't being carried out. Regardless of what exactly is going on with your child, a parent's feeling that something is not right is one of the most reliable ...


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Our almost-four year old still hits and bites some, particularly when frustrated, so I can sympathize. We have made some strides with him, though, which show us that it is possible to overcome it. Our son hits basically for one reason: lack of ability to deal with frustration, particularly frustration over a lack of control. So, we focus on two things: ...


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I'm autistic and I do this too. It's not defiance or satisfaction at provoking the person or anything like that. It's completely involuntary and not associated with happiness at all. My impression is that many autistic people express emotions using different kinds of nonverbal signals than non-autistic people. For example, I once met a kid who showed ...


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I'm 17 years old, and it was about 4 years ago when I developed this problem. I laugh for just about everything. I laugh when I'm happy, when I think of something funny, when I'm nervous, embarrassed, and when I'm getting yelled at! I hate that I laugh when my parents are yelling at me, I really do! I know that it only further pisses my parents off ...


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We have a child who is mildly Asperger's, and our story mirrors yours in many ways. He was six before he was dry through the night. We tried many things over a few years, but victory came with a concerted effort, following a plan from a physiotherapist who specialises in this. The plan is: use a bed wetting alarm (ours is similar to this). The child ...


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Causes of autism spectrum disorder The exact causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unknown, although it is thought that several complex genetic and environmental factors are involved. The causes of ASD can be described in two ways: Primary ASD (also known as idiopathic ASD) – where no underlying factors can be identified to ...


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You may want to have your daughter evaluated for a tic disorder. Tourette Syndrome is one of the tic disorders, but it's not the only one. Here's a study: http://aut.sagepub.com/content/11/1/19.short that found that 22% of the autistic children studied had a co-occurring tic disorder. My son has Tourette Syndrome (but is not on the autism spectrum). When ...


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When we were heading towards a diagnosis for our eldest son (in the UK as well) one of the things we did was to go private for an audiology test so we could rule that out. We needed this step fast to get the autism statement moving before school started so we could get special needs assistance in place. Of course we were lucky to be in a position to afford ...


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Update about the laughter, after some Google magic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nervous_laughter Disclaimer: I'm Autistic and this is from personal experience. When I'm in a stressful situation or when I get nervous, my face will get extremely red and I will often start to laugh uncontrollably; it has costed me many friendships and it caused even more ...


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I, too, am struggling with the uncontrolled laughter of my 22 year old son with ASD. He has always laughed occasionally at inappropriate times, but now he is older, more is expected of him, and it is very disruptive at school and at home. He, too, laughs when I get angry at him--I do believe that anger is a frightening emotion for people on the spectrum ...


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Allergies are a possibility As the parent of an ASD kid, you might need to factor in allergies. Our intelligent, verbal ASD son had a problem for years until he was diagnosed with a milk and soya allergy. Once we took him off the milk, toileting immediately became much more predictable and he gained much more control. Prior to this he appeared to have ...



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