Aylık Arşivler - Eylül 2011

David Stescu from Romania

David is now 5 years and 6 months old. As you know, he started ABA therapy in october 2010 and also other complementary therapies – occupational therapy – art therapy, logopedy. The visit in Antalya and the dolphin therapy had an tremendous effect on David. It was like a catalyzer for a chain reaction.. Before comming to dolphin therapy, David was able to compose only 2 or maximum 3 words sentences. Now he is making even 6 words sentences. Also his ability to learn has [...]

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Marc Fabian

                      This year, Marc Fabian took part in the Dolphin Therapy for the third time. This time he was accompanied by his teacher, 21 year-old Mrs. Michaele Maya de Marca, who has known him for six years. Michaele talked to us about Marc: “It is supposed that Marc suffers from a genetic defect of the 3rd or 4th chromosome. After the first therapy, he said “Mother” for the first time. When asked, where he actually was, he began to gesture “I’m here” [...]

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Autism

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old.[2] Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.[3] It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when [...]

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Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia) is the third largest mental health care problem in the world. Latest government epidemiological data show social anxiety affects over 7% of the population at any given time.  The lifetime prevalence rate (i.e., the chances of developing social anxiety disorder at any time during the lifespan) stands at above 13%. Definition: Social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. Put another way, social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being [...]

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TAR-Syndrome

Definition Thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome is a rare condition that is apparent at birth. Affected infants are born with incomplete or missing forearms. Typically, the bone on the thumb side of the forearm (radius) is absent, but other bones may be missing or abnormally formed. TAR syndrome also causes life-threatening bleeding episodes due to low levels of platelets in the blood (thrombocytopenia). It is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Description The forearm is comprised of two bones. The radius is the [...]

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Trisomy 9

is a trisomy affecting the ninth chromosome. Full trisomy 9 would mean that all of the cells in the baby’s body and placenta had three copies of chromosome 9. It is also possible to have partial trisomy 9, meaning there are two full copies of the ninth chromosome plus an additional partial copy. A third type of trisomy 9 involves mosaicism, meaning that the trisomy is present in some of the body’s cells but other cells have a [...]

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Asperger’s Disease

Asperger’s Disorder is a milder variant of Autistic Disorder.   Both Asperger’s Disorder and Autistic Disorder are in fact subgroups of a larger diagnostic category.  This larger category is called either Autistic Spectrum Disorders, mostly in European countries, or Pervasive Developmental Disorders (“PDD”), in the United States.  In Asperger’s Disorder, affected individuals are characterized by social isolation and eccentric behavior in childhood. There are impairments in two-sided social interaction and non-verbal communication. Though grammatical, their speech may sound peculiar [...]

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Joubert syndrome

Joubert syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects the cerebellum, an area of the brain that controls balance and coordination.     Diagnosis The disorder is characterized by absence or underdevelopment of the cerebellar vermis and a malformed brain stem (molar tooth sign). The most common features include ataxia (lack of muscle control), hyperpnea (abnormal breathing patterns), sleep apnea, abnormal eye and tongue movements, and hypotonia. Other malformations such as extra fingers and toes, cleft lip or palate, tongue abnormalities, and seizures may also occur. There may be mild or moderate retardation. Joubert syndrome is one of the many genetic syndromes [...]

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