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Posted on: Sun, 03/19/2006 - 6:33am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Darkmage:
[b] MommaBear, I have to say that I have no experience at all with Autism. My sil lives on her street and knows her, and she (my sil) is the one who told me that the kids are "slightly autistic". I didn't pry. The neighbor mom and I have shouted "hi" to each other across our yards, and our kids have talked thru the fence, but that is as much contact as we have. All our neighbors are faily "odd" and keep to themselves around here. I've been knocking my head against the wall trying to find a same-age playmate for my son, but nobody plays in their front yards anymore.
I digress.... I meant no offence. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I didn't take it as offense. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Just always wondered. I was just wondering aloud.
I've always thought of the "spectrum" as just a balance between a few variables and anyone position being just as "autistic" as another. Where one is on the spectrum being due to the ratio. And some variables potentiating others. Sorta like a 3-D spectrum. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] KWIM? Probably too simplistic in theory, but I could be wrong.
Oh, and about the neighbors. Don't worry, I feel the same way when I go [i]North[/i]. It's probably because I'm a "south of eighty" person. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] But [i]shhhhhhhhhhhhh[/i]. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 8:14am
TwokidsNJ's picture
Joined: 05/28/2005 - 09:00

My limited info on the topic:
- My friend has a child with pretty severe autism (very limited speech at age 4.5), and he has many food allergies (peanuts, nuts, wheat, dairy etc). They are on many autism websites and in support groups, and they say food allergies are common amongst children on the autism spectrum.
- My DS has a social skills deficit and the preschool had me worried this year it was Aspergers (we don't think it is, but there is something a little different about the ways he interacts/doesn't interact with peers). He has severe tree nut allergy, mild peanut, and a few other allergies (environmental etc).
- Question for Mommabear: are you saying your DS is a "sight reader" vs. a phonics reader? I am curious because my DS is sight reading very well (once he has seen the word once or twice, he recognizes it in any context and can read it), but phonics (sounding out words) are coming harder to him. He is 5.75 yo. Just curious!

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 8:33am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

TwokidsNJ -
You may want to check out the NVLD thread going in Off Topic.

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 12:28pm
Naer74's picture
Joined: 11/03/2003 - 09:00

I have a 9 yr old PA & TNA gifted son, 7 yr old gifted but no known food allergies, 3 yr old non allergic on the spectrum with other disabilities also. He does have Celiac's though so he can't tolerate gluten.

Posted on: Wed, 06/28/2006 - 7:45am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I thought this is very interesting:

Posted on: Wed, 06/28/2006 - 1:35pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Jimmy's mom:
[b]I thought this is very interesting:
[url="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-06/yu-kte062006.php"]http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-06/yu-kte062006.php[/url] [/b]
[i]"However, if the check engine light is on and there is nothing obviously wrong, then the car should be carefully checked."[/i]
My field is healthcare. We have a saying. "[b]Keep looking, and you're bound to find something wrong with everyone.[/b]"
[i]"These results are consistent with studies by others who have shown that ASD has a clear genetic basis." [/i]
well [b]duh[/b]. Don't we all have some "genetic basis" for who we are?

Posted on: Wed, 06/28/2006 - 1:56pm
VariegatedRB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2005 - 09:00

Some comments about the thread...
I have worked with kids with ASD (as well as a variety of other disorders) for 12+ years. I have had the same experience that a lot of the families *I have worked with* eat a lot of peanut foods to the extent that I have to wash up after work. I have worked in only *1* peanut free home, and have known of only 2-3 others in my agency (that serves scores of families).
There have been a handful of PA kids with autism I have known, I don't always know a lot about the siblings, but the families where I DO know about the siblings, I have known of only 1 where they had a FA and it was not PA.
It would be interesting to see a study that shows the rates of FA and autism. Esp with the GFCF diet theory...
As far as severity:
A child/adult with ASD, regardless of how many symptoms they have (ie they may be very rigid, have stims, etc) who can function normally would be considered mild or high-functioning. IE a person who can be mainstreamed in school, get a job, maintain friendships.
Severe or profound autism would be a person who cannot communicate, doesn't talk, doesn't make eye contact, can't follow one-step directions, etc. Many times kids who are considered severely autistic at 3 can gain these skills by adulthood, but there are people who don't! There are adults with autism who will never have a job, will never speak, etc. (Whether they *could* with certain treatments or if they had had certain treatments as a child is up for debate!)
Autism is "developmental" because the symptoms change as the person develops/ages, and is a spectrum disorder because there is a wide range of severity and a wide range of symptoms- two people with ASD can appear completely different.
Not every disorder has genetic links... many cancers do, schizophrenia does... but polio doesn't! Lots of things can affect ANYONE with no regards to genetic predisposition.
So... the fact that ASD has a genetic basis is significant. To get ASD, it is very likely that a person needs to have that genetic predisposition as well as some environmental trigger.
Unfortunately there is more UNKNOWN about ASD (and FA!) than is KNOWN.
Tara P

Posted on: Wed, 06/28/2006 - 3:26pm
brown1442's picture
Joined: 06/20/2006 - 09:00

hmmmmmm I find this topic intersting... I have a 3.5 year old who we think will get an Asperger's diagnosis when he is older (private child psych gave him a PDD-NOS diagnosis but children's hospital says no) and a 13 month old so far typically developing son who has a PA. Don't know that there is really a connection but I agree that both are auto-immune issues so I can see how they can be loosely related. Interesting!!
My 3.5 year old is very high functioning. He is completely verbal... rates average for his age in both expressive and receptive language. He's an amazing little boy with an outstanding IQ but he definitely struggles socially. I think when people say "mildy/severely" effected they are really talking about how functional the child is in the world. Autism is a HUGE spectrum ranging from completely non-verbal children who do not interact at all to people who you meet everyday on teh streets and would never know they had any issues unless you dug deeper (many college professors and engineers, etc). Over in Europe they consider ADD/ADHD to be on the autistic spectrum to give you an idea of how wide of a spectrum it is.

Posted on: Wed, 06/28/2006 - 8:56pm
PurpleCat's picture
Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

Variegated RB - Thank you for your post!
In another thread I recently asked a question - but no takers - any experience with Brain Gym?
The thread is:
Question is on page 6.
[This message has been edited by PurpleCat (edited June 29, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/29/2006 - 12:02am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by VariegatedRB:
As far as severity:
A child/adult with ASD, regardless of how many symptoms they have (ie they may be very rigid, have stims, etc) who can function normally would be considered mild or high-functioning. IE a person who can be mainstreamed in school, get a job, maintain friendships.
There are a great deal of [i]profoundly[/i] neurotypical people that despite being "mainstreamed", can't get a job, maintain friendships, persevere through life's tasks, or [i]do right by others[/i].
KWIM? I think the world [i]needs[/i] more "high functioning" persons on the "Autism Spectrum. Or more specifically, "high functioning" persons in general.


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