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Ask a Researcher – What is DAMP?

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“Could you please let me know where DAMP and Aspergers crossover, and where to find more info on DAMP?”

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Ask an Autism Researcher – Do Children with ASD “hear voices”?

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by Dr Elfriede Ihsen

Question:

“I have had a parent ask me if children with ASD hear voices in their brain. Her son has said that when he kicks and hits it is the voices in his brain telling to do so. Is the hearing voices connected to ASD? I have suggested to the mother that if you ask do you hear voices people with ASD usually say yes but I am not sure if her son is asking something different.”

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Can a child with ASD manage using more than one language?

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By Dr Kristelle Hudry

Question:

I know that it’s hard for a child with ASD to learn any language, but it is not easy (for me) to change to English. My son has some language, he’s conversed with me in my language, and I have tried hard to build it up. Since the diagnosis, some health care professionals advise me to “drop” my first language and concentrate on English. I’d like to build up the two languages side by side, as my son already knows quite a lot of words in my language.

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Are gluten and casein-free diets helpful as a treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

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After the recent OTARC Participant Research Forum we received an enquiry about the evidence for lack of effectiveness of a gluten/casein free diet for ASD. We sent this enquiry to Dr Catherine Marraffa because she mentioned this topic during the Q&A session at the forum.

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Behaviour Changes during a Fever

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Answer by Dr Elfriede Ihsen

Question:

My daughter has just turned 8 and is severely affected by classic autism. She is non-verbal. Recently she had a fever and her behaviour changed dramatically. She wanted to be held, maintained eye contact for lengthy periods and most incredibly – spoke words very clearly! She said her brother’s name and repeatedly said “Mum”. I have to repeat how incredible this is as she is completely non-verbal. Please somebody research this phenomenon!

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Ask an Autism Researcher – What can be done to help a school refuser?

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Answer by Dr David Trembath

Your question:

I have an 8 year old boy with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who is becoming more withdrawn. He’s totally refusing to go to school. We know he finds the schoolwork extremely hard – writing causes pain and he sometimes falls asleep in class. Do you have any ideas? 

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My partner’s brother has Aspgergers Syndrome. My partner and I are interested in the link between Aspergers and genetics before we try for a baby ourselves. Is this something you can help with?

Answer by Dr Elfriede Ihsen

You are confronting an interesting issue, which requires careful consideration. Unfortunately OTARC can’t help you too much with your decision whether to try for a baby. We know, as you do, that Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) run in families and must therefore be caused, at least in part, by some genetic abnormality. But even though there is a lot of research on which genes may be involved, we do not yet have a definitive answer.

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