Autism

Kerri

Tips for Halloween Safety

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jack-o-lantern-pumpkins-11288879970iUJPIt’s coming up to Halloween time, and that means trick-or-treaters will be storming the streets. Here are some quick tips from My Identity Doctor to help you and your kids have a safe and healthy halloween.
  • Be bright. Glow sticks, reflective tape, and flashlights added to costumes can help kids be more visible. Wear bright coloured costumes to help out—while they might not be as scary, not much is scarier than a car coming at you unexpectedly!
  • If pets are walking around with you, they may be easily startled, and should also have something bright attached to them to stay safe.
  • Stay outside. Remind kids never to go inside a stranger’s house on Halloween night.
  • Check candy. Remind kids never to eat candy before they get home. If they really can’t resist, send some safe candy from home with them for their adventure.
  • Read labels. If your child has food allergies, ensure you read all candy labels or contact manufacturers. Have safe candy at home for them to have a treat while you’re checking their candy.
  • Be mindful of medical needs. If your kids have medical conditions, ensure you’re prepared for anything that might arise when you’re out—such as high or low blood sugars for kids with diabetes, seizure disorders, fatigue, or asthma (bonfires or exertion might cause symptoms). For kids with autism or other sensory issues, having another parent or adult along—whether collecting candy individually or in a group—might help to keep your child safe in a time that might be full of sensory overload. Another adult can help you keep an eye on the child with autism, or allow you to take an overwhelmed child home and allow others in the group to keep going with supervision.
And of course, our Medical ID products from My Identity Doctor compliment any costume—mix your fun with safety for a lower-stress night out.
Jon

World Autism Awareness Day

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Autism is a complex developmental disorder with a wide spectrum that occurs in the first three years of life, although it is often not diagnosed until much later (on an average 5.5 years). Autism has terms of social and communication skills that affect the brain. General signs of autistic spectrum include social skills, speech and language, and restricted activities and interests., but also cognitive disorders, as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior.World Autism Awareness Day

Causes and Risk Factors

Autism is a physical condition associated with a change in the biology and chemistry of the brain. The exact causes of these changes are still unknown, but research is very active in this area. There is probably a combination of factors that lead to autism.

Genetic predisposition appears to be important in autism. For example, the probability that identical twins both children have autism higher than two intrinsically twins or other siblings. Language problems are also more common in children with autism. Changes in the chromosomes and other neurological problems are more common in families with autism.

A number of possible causes of autism is suspected but not proven. This includes changes in the digestive tract, diet, mercury poisoning, response to vaccination and inadequate utilization of vitamins and minerals in the body.

#DidYouKnow Autism affects boys four times more often than girls.

Symptoms of Autism

Most parents of children with autism suspect that something is wrong with their child if the child is 18 months old and then seek support when the child is 2 years old. Children with autism have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interaction and imaginative play normally. Some also show aggression towards others or themselves.

Some children with autism appear to undergo normal development until the first or second year of life, and then suddenly regress and lose language or social skills.

People with autism may show repetitive body movements, unusual preference to goods and conspicuous difficulty in changing routines. Some people with autism are sensitive in the range of the senses (sight, hearing, touch / feel, smell and taste). For example, some children refuse to wear “scratchy” clothes and are very stressed when they are still forced to because their skin is so sensitive.

Some combinations of the following characteristics may occur with autism to different extents in humans.

  1. Missing Show to draw attention to other objects (around 14 months)
  2. Slow or no language development
  3. Repeating words or memorized phrases, for example, advertising and movies
  4. Communicates with gestures instead of verbal language
  5. Prefers to be alone rather than being together with other
  6. May not respond to eye contact or smile
  7. Shows a strong need for routines  
  8. Has very violent tantrums

Ideally, children should be observed in their everyday surroundings, for example, at home or in day care / nursery.The diagnosis of autism is not likely to be made within one examination date, especially if the child is still very small.

Close monitoring of the development and periodic assessments are necessary to get a complete overview. But regardless of a definitive diagnosis of autism or autistic spectrum, can the children and their parents help offered. Infants with suspected of having a developmental disorder (autism / autistic spectrum), can provide services tailored to the individual needs obtained. Parents can be taught how they can support their child in the development sections.

 

Jon

Ways to Help Yourself and Your Child Cope with Autism

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coping with autismIt can be hard coming to grips if you’ve had a child diagnosed with autism but there are ways to cope that can be helpful for both you and your child. By implement structure in their routine, finding different ways to communicate, discovering your child’s individual strengths and finding support groups are ways to help you deal with the situation.

An autistic child can benefit greatly from a highly organized schedule to stick to each day. Plan to have meals at a specific time each day, schedule therapy to always happen at the same time and same with bedtime. Read More…

Jon

How to educate your kids about medical bracelets?

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Education-for-ChildrenIf your child has a medical condition that could lead to them being too ill to tell anyone what is happening, and they are at an age where they will not be by your side every minute of every day like you would prefer, what is the best way to still protect your child?

Believe it or not, this question is asked quite a lot to health care professionals across the country. And the answer is: Get them a kid’s medical ID bracelet or necklace. It is one of the simplest ways for you to speak for your child when you/they cannot.

If an emergency does arise, first responders, EMT’s, paramedics, and health care providers all over the nation are trained to check for these medical bracelets. Saving precious time in diagnosing what is happening to your child. Read More…

Jon

Recognizing a person with Autism

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You might have probably heard about autism or know somebody who is on “autism spectrum”. Let see what it is? How anyone gets it? And how it is treated? How autism id bracelet or medical bracelets help?

The main reason of autism remains unexplored and many people fail to understand what autism actually is. Several studies and research signifies that it is developmental disorder affecting children from birth and in the early stages of life. Its diagnosis is not possible before the age of two years. It affects the brain making interaction and communication more difficult with other people. Read More…

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