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Electroconvulsive Therapy for Self-Injurious Behaviors?

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).

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Posted:  July 22, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
 
Whether that diet comes in the form of (a) GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet), (b) SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), (c) one more recently presented in the book Grain Brain by David Perlmutter MD, (d)...

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Self-Injurious Behaviors

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!

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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...

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Autism Prevention Strategies

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.

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Answered:  January 30, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Dear Nicola,

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...

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Speech Delay (Part 2)

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?

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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...

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Speak & Omega-3 Fatty Acids

I am searching for a medication for my 4 ½ year old son who is autistic and has problems concentrating. I believe that the medication is only available in the U.S. and is called “speak” or “speech” and is used to treat autism. Could you please help?

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Answered:  September 3, 2013 by Dr. Sidney Baker

The product you are seeking is called speak. It is a supplement of omega-three essential fatty acids otherwise known as fish oils. It is not substantially different from cod...

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Is My Child Autistic?

I have been wondering if my three year old is autistic. He doesn't speak any words except sound words and he screams at times. When he wants to drink, he rubs his lips and when hungry, he cries or goes to the chapatti box, opens it and starts eating. He responds to his name being called, but only very occasionally. His expression of happiness/excitement is often kicking or hitting someone. He grinds his teeth a lot and I see a lot of aggression in his behavior. If I play with him, he gets bored of running around very fast. He plays his IPad with great precision and is able to control finger movement well. Please Please help.

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Answered:  July 24, 2013 by Ask Autism360

Dear Mrs. Annu,

There are tests to determine if your son is autistic.  Please see our posting on Test for Autism.

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Yellow Skin

My son is turning yellow. His liver enzymes are elevated to a 38. What does this mean?

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Answered:  July 23, 2013 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Dear Kathryn,

Liver “enzymes” refers to serum levels of AST and ALT, two key workers in the liver’s assembly lines. These substances are present inside liver cells in large concentrations and appear normally in the blood in small...

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Singing

I have read your entry on speech delay. My son Dillion is turning 4 and can say a few limited words. He points at things that he wants and is obsessed with eating a particular type of salami. He blocks his ears when I try to read a book to him but then when I sing to him he listens and calms down. Dr. Baker, could you please explain to me why??

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Answered:  June 24, 2013 by Dr. Sidney Baker

This is a very sweet comment. The difference between a few words and no words is big. I mean that in the sense that being able to say a few words means that he can get his tongue around some words some of the time. The problem with...

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Fecal Smearing

My son make a stool in himself then he catches the stool in his hands. He did this action about 3 times and I don’t know how to deal with this behavior. He is 5 years old.

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Answered:  June 13, 2013 by Dr. Nancy O’Hara

I often find that germ overgrowth, particularly clostridia, can lead to or exacerbate these symptoms. ...

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Choosing a Health Plan

Hi, I just moved back to US. I have a three and a half year old on the spectrum. We received medicaid for the family. I am very confused about choosing a health plan. We have four to choose from: Aetna, CoventryCares, Health Partners, UnitedHealthcare. Which one of them covers better the specialists that my child will need - SLP, OT, behavioral, psychotherapy, etc.? Or does it go through Magellan and as far as it comes to these services so it doesn't matter what I choose? I was looking at Health Partners and CoventryCares because they provide gym membership, but I was told that they are not that good, and that Aetna is better...what should I compare? Thank you very much, Tania

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Answered:  May 9, 2013 by Dr. Sidney Baker

This is a really good question and I hope some Autism360 members can come up with information on the subject.  I would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who can.

 

 

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