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Below, you’ll find a list of behaviors that autistic children often have.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autistic children may
- React in odd ways to certain situations
- Have little or no interaction with others
- Have little reaction to surroundings
- Respond to questions with nonsensical answers
- Become agitated by change; want strict routine
- Do not understand feelings (for themselves or others)
- Have obsessions or extreme anxiety
- Show a short attention span
- Act impulsively
- Show no fear or extreme fear of objects or situations
- Have frequent meltdowns and behavioral problems
As caring parents, you adore watching your children play, learn, and interact with others. While your sweet newborn is turning into a babbling toddler, you see his personality bubble all around you. However, some parents might notice an odd indifference or lack of awareness in their baby early on. In this case, the child might be showing signs of autism.
Current studies suggest that 1 out of every 68 children have autism spectrum disorder. In the United States from 2006—2008, 1 out of every 6 also showed developmental disabilities. Although researchers have a hard time pinpointing the exact number of autistic cases, it affects scores of families worldwide.
Cord Blood Treatment?
Because autism does touch the lives of many children, two researchers teamed up to see how they might improve treatments for ASD. In an unprecedented study, Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg and Dr. Geraldine Dawson began testing 25 children at Duke University in North Carolina.
During the course of the testing, these children received several blood transfusions of their own umbilical cord blood. Researchers hoped that it would improve the usual autism signs.
According to the doctors, the cord blood contained stem cells that are difficult to find anywhere else. Over three-fourths of the children saw improvement in behavior.
While these results have excited Kurtzberg and Dawson, the researchers are curbing their enthusiasm for now. They need further testing to rule out a placebo effect and other factors. Still, many of these children are learning and maturing like never before, and their families are delighted with the outcome.
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My 4yr-old grand-daughter just had to attend an interview in readiness for starting school next year. Schools are now doing this to assess the manners and interactions of children, and parents are going along with it. My son-in-law is a high school dept head and says high schools are going to start it as well. The lecturers at Swinburne Uni (2010) weren't at all impressed by the proposed addition of 'shyness' being added to the diagnostic handbook of mental illness.
Cord blood belongs to the baby at birth. There is now a trend among some mothers to leave the cord attached for some time after birth rather than severing it immediately.