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Information on autistic kids?

Question: Information on autistic kids?

(Posted by: alexa on 2008-07-15 16:54:12)

At the moment I'm writing a story about a girl who's dealing with her younger brother, who's severely autistic, and how he affects her social life. It's realistic fiction. Anyways, I need a lot of information on autistic children (5- 7 years old). As in, what age do they die at, what they typically act like, and what each degree of autism is like. I just need as much information as possible on autistic children so I can write the story easier. It would help a lot if you told me about any personal experiences with a child with autism or asperger's.


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Posted by: lucyf on 2008-07-15, 17:07:32

I have spent the past few months volunteering for a family who has 2 autistic boys. The older one is 7 and is more severly autistic than the younger one who is now 4. I spent most of my time with the younger boy. He was diagnosed earlier because they were aware of the symptoms to look for. By the age of 2 he appeared to be a normal child and had a very good broad vocabulary. It gradually began to disappear and he became very withdrawn in his own world. He did not look anyone in the eye and did not respond to his own name or anything that was said to him. Both boys had what they call 'isms' which is repetetive behaviour they seem to find comfort and pleasure in. One of Edwards isms was to poke a straw or any similar shaped object into a cup repetetively. They think he has depth perception problems. The reason why they think the autism is not as severe as his brothers is because it was diagnosed at an earlier age and he is recieving the appropriate treatment and diet control (gluten free). Both him and his brother have another ism which is to scribble on a magnetic drawing board for hours. His brother used to spit a lot and lick windows. They both get upset and distressed if people interupt their isms and they do not like a lot of noise and too many people around all at once. Edwards vocab when I first met him just consisted of 'want that' and 'no'. But that gradually improved over the time I was there thanks to the special programme he was on (son-rise.org). If you want anymore info then send me an email lucyfreeman@ymail.com Hope that helps

  

Posted by: Heidi N on 2008-07-15, 20:28:50

For my older "normal " son, his main problem with his little brother having autism, was that he did not understand how he could not control his behaviors. He wanted him to be punished for those behaviors, and said that if he was punished enough, he would change. Thus, even when he became an adult, he did not understand how someone could not control their behaviors as long as they are told how. My children are all recovered now, and my older son now feels that his younger brothers just learned to be normal. He doesn't understand all the hard work I had to put into ridding them of their infections to rid them of their symptoms. Since this older brother was 10 years older, he never complained about him affecting his social life. Children with autism are very ill with digestion problems, congestion, and some of the following: seizures, asthma, rashes, allergies, vomitting, fevers or never showing signs of illness (due to too low of white blood cells to react), etc. The main symptom is lack of social skills. Some don't talk, and the ones that do, often don't get abstact ideas, like in jokes. They may want to have friends but not know how. They will do things socially that make other kids call them stupid, like not read body language or social cues, not understand when to be quiet, when to sit in class, etc. Yet, they may be very book smart. Children with autism often have to be told something numerous times before they will do it. Like, put your shoes on, put your shoes on, put your shoes on, etc. This is throughout the day. They may walk around like in a fog, and have to have things a certain way. They don't like change. Like when you go to a store, they want you to drive the same way. They may want their fork given to them in their hand, not their bowl and scream about it for 30 minutes straight, they may have to turn things off, or fix crooked things. They may repeat stuff over and over. Many have tics, where they do repetitive things, like say something over and over, or have facial muscle movements over and over. There are a ton of symptoms actually. They always have a speech issue, either talked late, never talked, or talked in a difficult to understand manner or talked normal and then totally stopped talking. Many like to either spin objects or stare at spinning objects for hours. Many have additional diagnoses of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, or Bipolar. Another common symptom is senory issues. They often hate loud noises as if they cause them pain. They also either/ or don't feel pain much or over-react to a slight touch as if someone belted them. I hear some die from seizures, or running into traffick, or getting lost to where they drown or freeze. Most live into adult-hood, and I am not sure if they die earlier than the rest since this is a new disorder. We had so very few people with autism until the 1990's.

  

Posted by: drdavidlipman on 2008-07-16, 16:18:38

There is (and always has been) a lot of confusion as to what Autism and the Autistic Spectrum Disorders are. This starts with a significant problem with the way Autism is classified; Autism is considered a ‘mental disorder’. Since it has been classified as such since the 1940s, most physicians learn little to nothing about it. Its classification further breaks down Autism to be; an impairment in social interaction, repetitive behaviors and problems communicating. With these ‘defining characteristics’, it is no wonder that these children are placed into a structured special learning environment accompanied by behavior modification with little to no medical intervention. I understand Autism to be a biochemical and neurological problem that alters the way the brain and body develop, and eventually results in the social, behavioral and communication problems that these individuals experience. These characteristics are symptoms, and the result of a multi-system breakdown that went undiagnosed! We have let an entire generation of children slip through our fingertips and it is time to mobilize and get them back.If the top three defining characteristics were; under-connected brain circuitry, chronic gastrointestinal dysfunction and underlying autoimmune/ inflammatory processes, we would see a very different treatment criteria established for Autism! In fact, based on the research, these three things are the true problems of Autism which eventually lead to the cognitive impairments. I will be sharing some important information regarding some ground-breaking news in the treatment of Asperger's and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. A free teleconference is being offered on August 14th at 7pm est. Please go to: JustAskDrMike.com to register for this extremely informative event.

  

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