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Music Therapy

Can you provide me some information on music therapy for a child with autism?

Response

Answered:  June 19, 2015 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Thank you for this question.

I understand what creative arts therapies (music, art, and some aspects of physical – including dance) offer is a chance for self-expression. In such practices the therapist is both a teacher...

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Autistic Bus Drivers

Is it possible or good idea for an autistic adult with a CDL to drive buses involving passengers of any kind for the county or Greyhound?

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Answered:  May 27, 2015 by Dr. Sidney Baker 

Wikipedia tells us A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a driver's license required in the United States to operate any type of vehicle
 
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Helminth Therapy

Could you comment on the different helminth therapy available? Does it make a difference whether you use HDC versus TSO helminth? Why would helminth help reduce inflammation in an autistic brain?

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Answered:  May 13, 2015 by Dr. Sidney Baker    

How does helminthic therapy work?
 
“Loss of immune tolerance” is an important phrase for understanding all chronic illness. Both auto-immunity and allergy are involved in...

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Get Rid of Sugar

My two and a half year old daughter has been detected for speech and language delay and has several traits of ASD. She is undergoing ABA therapy at the moment and would like to know more about a specific diet along with anti fungal medications to improve her condition. Thanking you for taking time to reply. Best Regards, Cheryl

Response

Answered:  March 24, 2015 by Dr. Sidney Baker                 

Autism is a treatable complex chronic illness.

Autism is a complex chronic illness. Unlike acute problems of trauma, or infection it is not a...

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Recovery for Older Individuals

Hi, Is autism treatment advised for a 25 year old person? Is there any possibility of being normal after treatments? Thank you for your advice.

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Answered:  February 26, 2015 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Dear Venkat,
 
Human development flows in stages that last for months in the young and settles down to seven-year cycles as we age. In the early years there are windows of...

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Is It Possible to Recover from Autism?

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?

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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...

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IEP Form for School

Can you tell me how to input IEP information for my autistic child's school?

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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...

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A Device to Help Speech?

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?

Response

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...

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How to Treat Autism

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?

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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...

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Addicted to iPad

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.

Response

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...

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