Early Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Jan 9, 2013 Full story: Examiner.com 448

It is well established that early identification and intervention are critical determinants in the course and outcome of autism spectrum disorders .

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Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#355 Jan 31, 2013
friend wrote:
Elias- I'd say that parent you encountered was still in denial stages. It's hard when you run into parents at a different level of acceptance.
I accept this. My wife took some time to accept our daughter was autistic and told people she had a speech delay. The context I raised this is that parents go from being in denial to being overly defensive (over compensating) on behalf of their children. I'm sure I do this as well and I don't realise. The upshot is I find it really hard to involve my daughter with other families I do not know because of the mountain of exlaination followed by the usual charitable expressions and comments that are largely good will but across as patronising. Then of course there's other people's kids whom don't have the patience to spend time with kids with special needs. In addition my wife seems to think finding an autistic friend for my daughter is a waste of time as both of them will ignore each other.
friend wrote:
I have requested and his school do certain things to help kids understand disabilities. A place based where I live offered puppet shows with 3 foot tall puppets with disabilities. They go into schools and educate kids up to 4th grade. I have also printed informational flyers to be sent home to parents, so when their kids came home and expressed things about my kid, their parents could better answer their questions.
Our school took it upon themselves to organise information sessions for all their teachers on autism and schools from education field officers experienced with special needs. I am not aware if the teachers educate my daughter's fellwo pupils but I know her teacher and aide takes time to explain my daughter's difference to kids. BTW autism is not a disability for my daughter, I've recieved cards from kids in her class who complimented her on her being really smart. I know this is superficial but as parents it does bring a smile to our faces.
Bizarre

Australia

#356 Jan 31, 2013
Elias wrote:
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I accept this. My wife took some time to accept our daughter was autistic and told people she had a speech delay. The context I raised this is that parents go from being in denial to being overly defensive (over compensating) on behalf of their children. I'm sure I do this as well and I don't realise. The upshot is I find it really hard to involve my daughter with other families I do not know because of the mountain of exlaination followed by the usual charitable expressions and comments that are largely good will but across as patronising. Then of course there's other people's kids whom don't have the patience to spend time with kids with special needs. In addition my wife seems to think finding an autistic friend for my daughter is a waste of time as both of them will ignore each other.
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Our school took it upon themselves to organise information sessions for all their teachers on autism and schools from education field officers experienced with special needs. I am not aware if the teachers educate my daughter's fellwo pupils but I know her teacher and aide takes time to explain my daughter's difference to kids. BTW autism is not a disability for my daughter, I've recieved cards from kids in her class who complimented her on her being really smart. I know this is superficial but as parents it does bring a smile to our faces.
I was watchin youtube video on savants from across the world, a majority of them had brain injury or suffered from dementia. In replacement of their injury some became more artistic or good with numbers or linguitics (languages).

The doc studying savant like abilities believe that we all may have some untapped gifts but are overlapped by our ability to speak a language & other things.

Have you heard about the chinese boy who was born with blue eyes & can see in total darkness?The downside is that his eyes are sensitive to sun's rays. The doc believes his eyes work similar to a cat. I found that interesting.
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#360 Jan 31, 2013
Bizarre wrote:
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I was watchin youtube video on savants from across the world, a majority of them had brain injury or suffered from dementia. In replacement of their injury some became more artistic or good with numbers or linguitics (languages).
This is true. Part of these savant like capabilities may be linked to the brain nuerologically overcompensating for damage to other parts of the brain. Curiously with autism brain damage is not so much an issue. There is a link with low serotinin levels that feed into prefrontal cortex givign rise to poor executive control.
Bizarre wrote:
<Have you heard about the chinese boy who was born with blue eyes & can see in total darkness?The downside is that his eyes are sensitive to sun's rays. The doc believes his eyes work similar to a cat. I found that interesting.
Read this
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/201...
It appears the Chinese response was the boy has 'eyes like a cat' therefore he can see in the dark. It's just exaggerated.

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#361 Jan 31, 2013
The thing is, many with autism have restricted interests, and lack the ability to share another's interest. So even if 2 shared the same interest, your wife is probably right. They'd ignore each other. However that's where that RDI comes in. I redirected my son, gave him cues and things to say or ask that just doesn't come natural to him. Those with autism often will need a lot of modeling, most times social aspects just aren't ever going to happen without it.

If autism isn't a disability for your daughter, then she doesn't have a disability, or the disability is far less debilitating than it is for the majority. I have never heard a parent ever make such a comment, or getting cards from students the age that your daughter is. There are many people in this world who are not book smart, but are smart none the less. It seems your focus is mainly on IQ intelligence and being real smart, at least on paper. With my child's adaptations and modifications targeting his learning manner, he made the B honor roll. And he tests low on the IQ.
There's more to autism than high grades or being book smart. Maybe I can understand this better and have more insight because I have a learning disability and always did poorly in school. At the time, schools just weren't looking for learning disorders. I failed every academic class up until high school, when a doctor figured something out during a simple exam that no one else noticed. It's very difficult if not impossible to test anything but low on an IQ test when you have dyslexia. I certainly was intelligent, it just didn't show up on paper. It doesn't show up on paper for my son either. I'm not going to loose any sleep over it.
Elias wrote:
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I accept this. My wife took some time to accept our daughter was autistic and told people she had a speech delay. The context I raised this is that parents go from being in denial to being overly defensive (over compensating) on behalf of their children. I'm sure I do this as well and I don't realise. The upshot is I find it really hard to involve my daughter with other families I do not know because of the mountain of exlaination followed by the usual charitable expressions and comments that are largely good will but across as patronising. Then of course there's other people's kids whom don't have the patience to spend time with kids with special needs. In addition my wife seems to think finding an autistic friend for my daughter is a waste of time as both of them will ignore each other.
<quoted text>
Our school took it upon themselves to organise information sessions for all their teachers on autism and schools from education field officers experienced with special needs. I am not aware if the teachers educate my daughter's fellwo pupils but I know her teacher and aide takes time to explain my daughter's difference to kids. BTW autism is not a disability for my daughter, I've recieved cards from kids in her class who complimented her on her being really smart. I know this is superficial but as parents it does bring a smile to our faces.
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#362 Jan 31, 2013
friend wrote:
The thing is, many with autism have restricted interests, and lack the ability to share another's interest.>
Yes that makes perfect sense. I read an autism blog recently of a guy with autism who attended a social class with other people on the spectrum. He was startled when three of them turned up with video games and proceeded to ignore everyone else at the class. Apaprently after a while the three started to look at each others games and started sharing an interest.
friend wrote:
If autism isn't a disability for your daughter, then she doesn't have a disability, or the disability is far less debilitating than it is for the majority. I have never heard a parent ever make such a comment, or getting cards from students the age that your daughter is.>


Well it happened at the end of last school year and was quite surprise to us as well. My daughter struggles with school so her success academically (at least for now) gives us (as parents) some hope.
friend wrote:
There are many people in this world who are not book smart, but are smart none the less. It seems your focus is mainly on IQ intelligence and being real smart, at least on paper. With my child's adaptations and modifications targeting his learning manner, he made the B honor roll. And he tests low on the IQ.>
Hmmm perhaps I should clarify. Firstly my daughter has never had an IQ test but her reading and writing is was always a year ahead of her NT peers. Meanwhile her math is at least two years ahead. I take this to mean she has high intelligence, but of course I can;t say this correlates directly with high IQ. She did do the Raven matrices and her non-verbal skills correspondingly were found to be 2 years advanced.
friend wrote:
It's very difficult if not impossible to test anything but low on an IQ test when you have dyslexia. I certainly was intelligent, it just didn't show up on paper. It doesn't show up on paper for my son either. I'm not going to loose any sleep over it.<quoted text>
Yes I know somebody who had a son with dyslexia and it was not till his condition was diagnosed that they realised he was not developmentally challenged.
Bizarre

Australia

#363 Jan 31, 2013
Elias wrote:
<quoted text>
This is true. Part of these savant like capabilities may be linked to the brain nuerologically overcompensating for damage to other parts of the brain. Curiously with autism brain damage is not so much an issue. There is a link with low serotinin levels that feed into prefrontal cortex givign rise to poor executive control.
<quoted text>
Read this
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/201...
It appears the Chinese response was the boy has 'eyes like a cat' therefore he can see in the dark. It's just exaggerated.
I find it cool that he can see in the dark even if his vision is nothing in comparison to a cat's vision. Some reporters do slightly exaggerate things for effect (reaction).

Theres also a man who can eat metal & can digest it as if he were eating normal food....I do remember watching this on tv not sure if it was a hoax but it was interesting.
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#364 Jan 31, 2013
Bizarre wrote:
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I find it cool that he can see in the dark even if his vision is nothing in comparison to a cat's vision.
All the article claims is that he (the boy) can catch crickets in the dark. This really isn't a skill. Crickets and frogs make a damn racket and are easy to locate at night based on their noise and rustling.
Bizarre

Australia

#365 Jan 31, 2013
Elias wrote:
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All the article claims is that he (the boy) can catch crickets in the dark. This really isn't a skill. Crickets and frogs make a damn racket and are easy to locate at night based on their noise and rustling.
Lol he also answered written questions in the dark that to me was pretty impressive I dont know many people or boy actors who can do that without lights or special effects. Crickets & frogs are pretty hard to catch in broad daylight in comparison to night with noise or no noise....
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#366 Feb 1, 2013
Bizarre wrote:
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Lol he also answered written questions in the dark that to me was pretty impressive I dont know many people or boy actors who can do that without lights or special effects. Crickets & frogs are pretty hard to catch in broad daylight in comparison to night with noise or no noise....
I didn't notice that in the article?, perhaps he has high ratio of rods to cones? that would enhance his night vision.
Bizarre

Australia

#367 Feb 2, 2013
Elias wrote:
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I didn't notice that in the article?, perhaps he has high ratio of rods to cones? that would enhance his night vision.
I was referring to the article I read about him. That maybe the case with his vision.
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#368 Feb 2, 2013
Bizarre wrote:
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I was referring to the article I read about him. That maybe the case with his vision.
Only explanation, more active is rods the greater is night vision
Bizarre

Australia

#369 Feb 2, 2013
Elias wrote:
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Only explanation, more active is rods the greater is night vision
Sounds reasonable to me.
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#371 Feb 2, 2013
Somebody been criticisng our recent conversation, kindly mind your own business...
Bizarre

Australia

#372 Feb 2, 2013
Elias wrote:
Somebody been criticisng our recent conversation, kindly mind your own business...
Btw I was referring to this article
http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2012/02/does...
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#373 Feb 2, 2013
Bizarre wrote:
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Btw I was referring to this article
http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2012/02/does...
Ok thanks for the link
Autism 4 Dummies

Winnipeg, Canada

#374 Feb 3, 2013
Elias wrote:
Somebody been criticisng our recent conversation, kindly mind your own business...
Its not a conversation, its a SPAMATHON.
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#375 Feb 3, 2013
Autism 4 Dummies wrote:
<quoted text> Its not a conversation, its a SPAMATHON.
sour grapes eh...if you really do have a child on the spectrum I hope you do what's right at least for the child's sake.
Bizarre

Australia

#376 Feb 4, 2013
Elias wrote:
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Ok thanks for the link
no worries
Autism 4 Dummies

Winnipeg, Canada

#377 Feb 4, 2013
ADAMLANZAVACCINEVICTIM wrote:
<quoted text> For decades parents have said "after a series of vaccines our child was never the same again and regressed into autism". Government-Pharma's explanation? Its a coincidence. Those parents worldwide are not part of a worldwide conspiracy to just be difficult. Do a search of any Pharmaceutical company, product, vaccine with the word LAWSUIT and you'll see that these companies spend a large amount of time in court. Vaccine makers in the USA were being litigated out of business and only a government developed vaccine injury compensation plan saved them. Vaccines severely damage thousands each year, and there is no doubt about that.
A great summation
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#378 Feb 4, 2013
Autism 4 Dummies wrote:
<quoted text> A great summation
Why are you talking to yourself now?

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