Autistic Children?

@Ravenladyj (22920)
United States
March 21, 2007 2:32pm CST
Are any of you familiar with or do any of you have children (under the age of 5) that are Autistic? The reason I ask is because one of my best friends back home has a (almost) 4yr old son who was diagnosed with it and she goes through such a rough time and has since he was an infant....The medical field where she is located isnt exactly the greatest and more of the doctors are idiots than not so she's been from doctor to doctor to doctor and had little to no help whatsoever...They've told her that he is too young for medication (they claim he has to be 6 which convienently is when OHIP stops covering the expenses for Autistic children so she;d have to pay out of pocket) and basically she's on her own... Any suggestions that I could pass her way would be fabulous and greatly appreciated...or even if someone could point me in the right direction for websites etc that would be great too.. thanks in advance
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
21 Mar 07
My son is 12, but he is on the autism spectrum. You should know that there is no medication specifically for autism. There are some meds that are frequently prescribed to treat specific traits of autism/dual diagnosis. I'll answer any questions that I can. Unfortunately, available services really vary widely, depending on geography and many other factors.
• Lithuania
21 Mar 07
yes autism is incurable. But there are methods for improving situation just a little bit. In my country Lithuania there is group of researches who apply contact of autic child with dolphins (in dolphinarium) as a therapy for releasing of syphtoms. And they get a really good results.
@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Thank you both very much...She had mentioned that one doctor said he could be put on Ritalin (or something of the sort) to help (he's also ADHD if I'm not mistaken) but then ALL the doctors (including that one) refuse to prescribe him anything until he is 6 yrs old which conviniently is when OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) stops paying for these sorts of things, like I mentioned, which means the caregiver pays out of pocket AND pays more than what the gov would pay... Heres a question though, this little guy seems to go in spurts when it comes to eating and sleeping...He can go days without sleeping other than an hour here and hour there type thing and its the same with eating...she was telling me the other night that he will not eat for days at a time (which of course must make him even more difficult to handle)... Have you experienced anything like that with your son Blueskies and if so do you have any ideas on how to handle it? I mean I know that when my kids cant sleep, disfusing peppermint helps a great deal and when they were little giving them massages etc but my nephew doesnt like being touched/physical contact so that wouldnt work (though apparently rubbing his feet when he was an infant DID work but now he wont hear of it)..and with Peppermint it could have a reverse affect on him considering apparently sedatives do or any sedating type medication does...
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I have a close friend who has an 18 year old daughter who has been Autistic since the age of 3. Its been amazing on how my friends were able to coupe all these years. The only thing I could suggest is this school that there daughter has been going to for the past seven years. Its called Hagashi. there located in Boston and I'm sure they must have a web site. You could try goole and log onto to Autistic.com. Good Luck!
@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Thanks for the suggestions....My nephew is actually located in Canada but I'll have to check out Autistic.com and see if they have any links to Canadian sites maybe...
@be4kids (12)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I have a 12 yr old autistic boy. When I was told he was autistic they told me that there was not a whole lot that could be done to help him. This is a load of bull. My son was almost 5 yrs.old when he started talking. When he went in to kindergarden he had the mentality level of a two yr old. I did some research and found out that a lot of autistic kids have food allergies that seem to block some of their mental growth. I took my son off milk products and put him on soy milk I also took him off wheat products. This worked well for him it was like a lightbulb coming on for him. he is now in the 6th grade and his mentality level is that of a 5th grader. I am not telling you that this will work for your friend cause every child is differant but this may be something she could look into before she tries giving him medication
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
Hi! My mother teaches autistic children and I have a friend who has an autistic child. I think ritalin is what my friend gives her child. It was prescribed by a leading pediatrician specializing in children with autism. Definitely the child has to go to a special school. The only free advice I could share is that to treat the child as normal as possible and to follow the guidelines on how to cope with an autistic child. I'll be sure to ask more about autism from my mom so I can share with you. Thanks for the post. Have a great day and all the best to your friend and her child.
@micamyx (916)
• Philippines
1 Apr 07
I have an autistic brother and he's 11 years old