Is there any research that suggests someone who has received timely, early intervention following a diagnosis at age 4, can have a life free of Autism? Or this too optimistic for being true or possible?
Answered: October 15, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
A life free of autism is definitely possible – and often with the advantages of being fine-looking, remarkably dexterous, sensitive, musically gifted, capable of mind-boggling feats of memory, numerosity, and calendar...
Can you tell me how to input IEP information for my autistic child's school?
Answered: September 29, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
Here is a form you can use to input your Individualized Education Program (IEP) information for your child's school. I would encourage you to enter not only your child’s academic strengths and special skills but any and...
Hi there, my child is 4 years old. He is a boy and is suffering from autism. He babbles and only says words like “mum mum,” “go go.” Could you tell me whether there are any devices that will help him speak properly?
Answered: September 26, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
You are right to assume that he knows the words he wants to say but his own “device” – his tongue – is not working well enough to form words.
We use the word “tongue” to mean not only the muscular organ we use for...
My child is autistic, what should I do? My 10-year old son has autism, ADHD and eating problems. How can we treat him? My son Rajveer is very hyperactive. What should we do for him to help his concentration? My 5-year old son is an autism patient. He has poor concentration and does not write a single word. How can I help him?
Answered: August 22, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
These questions are heart-breakers for me and more-so for you who ask them. Doctor’s expect specific questions and are used to giving specific answers that attach a treatment to the name of a condition or a symptom. Autism...
My grandson who is 13 years old has been using an iPad for about two years. Now he has gotten so into it, especially YouTube, that he gets over-stimulated to the point where he cannot relax. We are looking for a behavior program but we live in a rural area with few services.
Answered: August 12, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
Negative responses often help us learn more about our kids' options than positive responses. What have you learned? Simply that the device – or the content he has found – has a powerful effect. It is very likely that – just...
We have no definitive diagnosis of autism for our daughter but in researching it we have found that everything we have been telling the doctors since she was 18 months old points to her having it. My question how do I get a diagnosis and the help to deal with it.
Answered: August 7, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
Autism Research Institute offers a diagnostic checklist called Form E-2. The full description and associated free diagnostic services can be found on the...
In my previous answer I said diet is the cornerstone to the most puzzling question – self-injurious behavior - faced by patients, parents and practitioners. More specifically, I said a diet free of sugars and starches. However, if your child’s life is controlled by self-injurious behavior, you may wish to consider Electroconvulsive Therapy (please consult with your child’s physician or a neurologist).
My son is just 4 year old. He was diagnosed with ASD a couple of year ago. When he is angry, he will bite himself and hit his stomach. What can I do to stop this behavior? Please help!
Answered: May 13, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
He bangs his head. She bites her wrists. As parents, caretakers, siblings, teachers and doctors, we feel the pain of their self-injurious behaviors. Still more, we feel embarrassed, even ashamed for having no...
My partner and I are looking at having a baby this year and his two brothers between them have 2 out of 5 children with autism and a third one being diagnosed. My partner is extremely concerned that is hereditary and we would like to know more on if it is and if there is anything you can do to reduce the chances of having an autistic child? Thank you in advance.
Answered: January 30, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
My good friend Dr. Liz Mumper has done a very good job of studying the question that's on your mind from her perspective. I think you will find...
My son William is 3 years old and he has a speech delay. He can count from 1-25 and knows his ABC's and the sounds for each letter. He can repeat sentences and tries to talk on his own but in baby language. He seems to be able to read words he sees often and sings TV commercials and slogans. He doesn't play with other kids often because he is an only child and hasn't started pre-school. I do have a caregiver who comes and watches him during the day. Should I be concern or is he delayed due to lack of contact with kids?
Answered: January 10, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
I think you are right in implying that his speech may be delayed without raising concern as to William's overall development. Many normal and very bright people started life with delayed speech. You may find good answers to...