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Your son may have dysphagia, a feeding and swallowing disorder. While there may be physical problems that need to be addressed, generally the disorder is treated with physical therapy designed to strengthen the muscles involved and train the mouth and throat to function properly. The linked article from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association ...


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Sounds very much like Asperger syndrome - an autism spectrum disorder.


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It's difficult to give any definite indication over the internet, but the symptoms you describe are all found in Asperger's syndrome. The problem is that they could all equally be symptoms of other disorders too. Social awkawardness is a feature of Asperger's, but is experienced by many people, including myself and certainly could be a response to 'sensory ...


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My 6 year old still has this habit, though we tried to minimize this by removing any extra stimuli, my wife and I check on him and make sure that the covers are not thrown off during the night. Usually when one or the other of us is woken by one of the kids, both boys have a habit of kicking off their covers and then they get cold and wake up. Our oldest ...


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There can be many reasons a child might develop sleeping problems, but fortunately there are also many ways in which sleep can be influenced. On a neurochemical level, when we sleep, our brain detects that darkness is approaching and serotonin is converted into melatonin, which enables us to sleep, in the morning, as the brain detects light, the melatonin ...


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First, to be clear, I am ABSOLUTELY NOT diagnosing anything! I have nowhere near enough information to have anything more than a suspicion. Even that suspicion is tenuous at best. In no way should you take my words over the internet as anything other than general information, and you should see a professional for an appropriate evaluation for your child. ...


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It's impossible to diagnose a child--especially with no relevant expertise--from only a brief description. Asperger's is considered part of the Autism Spectrum. Hugging strangers is not typical of the condition, although obviously there are exceptions. On the other hand, excessive displays of affection to strangers might be a symptom of attachment disorder. ...


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You could easily be describing my daughter. She is now 13, and last year was diagnosed with Aspergers. There is a really great blog run by a father that has Aspergers, and has two children with the disorder. http://life-with-aspergers.blogspot.com/2009/04/human-side-of-aspergers-diagnosis-part.html The blog is well written and well worth the read. Take ...


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Based off the information given, it wouldn't be difficult to associate these characteristics to several disorders (please forgive me for not listing them here). Is it possible there is no disorder involved? Sounds like a wonderful child.


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I don't know how long this has been going on, but I've noticed my 3 year old daughter has been somehow following the sun lately. We try to put her in bed at 8.00 pm, but she hardly falls asleep before 10.00 and argues "but it's not night yet". This might also be a reason why he has trouble going to sleep in the evening. If you have shutters, and can dim the ...


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The main ill effects are a sense of stress from the routine being disrupted, and being hungry or tired from not eating or resting when their body is accustomed. However, different children have different tolerances for variation. One of our daughters has an extreme need for routine, but our son seems to have almost no sense of time at all. Our other ...


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This is a great question! Some of the posts here are similar to our own experiences. I'd just add two thing: Run, exercise, play with your son. Our two boys seem to sleep best after they've had a full day worth of activity. An added bonus is that they will begin to form healthy active lifestyle habits. Sufficiently nourished. If our kids don't eat a good ...


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Have you tried to start minimizing and removing stimulus as bedtime approaches? Get the lights turned down, get out from in front of any screens (tv, computer, games). Try a bath an hour or so before hand. Eliminate any "stimulating" food that has sugars are any kind of caffeine in it (chocolate). My youngest was like this also and it ended up just being a ...


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The hugging of strangers reminds me of Williams Syndrome.



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