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Jessica L Thomason Sassi, Ph.D., BCBA-D  
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Specialties: Autism, severe problem behavior

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It's really not possible to tell whether the head shakes are indicative of any underlying issues - you would need to take her to see a doctor to determine the cause. Before going to the doctor, if would probably be helpful for you to get more information on when the head shaking happens (does it happen only under specific conditions, or across lots of d...
Every child responds differently to medication, so there is no way to definitively answer the question. However, the two medications are of entirely different classes and might be expected to change behavior through slightly different mechanisms. You should ask your pediatrician (or the prescribing doctor) what to expect from each medication in terms of bot...
At this point, it is not possible to confirm whether someone has an autism spectrum diagnosis with an EEG. I would encourage you to speak with your child's pediatrician to clarify the purpose of the EEG and to ask for a referral to a developmental psychologist or another professional who can do an evaluation of your child's skills and behavioral pr...
Although TBI can cause a variety of behavioral changes and learning delays, it sounds like your son has a very classic presentation of autism. I think it’s very unlikely that the fall was responsible. At this point, it’s most important to focus on his treatment – early intervention is key to achieving the best outcome. If you haven’t already started interve...
One of the defining characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger's Syndrome) is highly stereotyped behaviors or interests. Usually this manifests as an interest in particular items, activities, or phenomena. It may be possible that an overzealous interest in your daughter is a manifestation of this characteristic, but it seems somewh...
Autism is diagnosed based on delays in social interaction and language skills and highly stereotyped or repetitive behavior. It doesn’t sound like your son really meets these criteria. You did mention that he flaps his hands when excited, but plenty of typically-developing people engage in little repetitive behaviors, so that alone isn’t necessarily call fo...
It’s true that Asperger’s syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because there is a wide range in what is considered normal behavior, but people diagnosed with Asperger’s do have more pronounced deficits in social skills. Because 3-year-olds don’t have very sophisticated social skills, though, it can be tough to detect deficits at this age. Honestly, if yo...
Autism is diagnosed based on impaired or delayed social skills, communication skills, and stereotyped behaviors. Your description doesn't really note whether you have concerns about her social or communication skills, but it is apparent that you have some concerns in general about her reactions to things. Although I really can't say whether you sh...
Autism is characterized by severe impairment in social interaction skills, communication skills, and/or stereotyped (ritualistic) behaviors, interests, and activities. Asperger’s Disorder has a similar profile (restricted interests, delayed or inhibited social interaction skills), but without the developmental and language delays seen in children with a diag...
I wouldn’t say that urination and defecation issues are necessarily typical of kids with Asperger’s, although there is a higher incidence of behavior problems in general as compared to a typically developing population. If you haven’t already done so, your first step should be to take him in to see your pediatrician so that they can rule out any medical iss...