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my 5 year old child has self taught himself to read in the last 6 months, over the last 2 years he taught himself all the phonic language and then the reading began, he can read his older brother's 2nd class reader and can also read the newspaper and anything on the Tv or any sign, since the age of 3 he could spell words like umbrella, xylophone,also type these words on computer, he can also count from the age 2 up to a million etc, also since the age 2 he would recognize numbers like 22 or 345. he has just started to mess around on a keyboard and within 5 minutes he is playing jingle bells, twinkle twinkle etc.  he has also taught himself to count in Spanish, Italian, Polish, and can understand simple phrases in other languages.  He knows how to search anything on the internet by ways of google or youtube, there are lots more things he can do that simple baffle me!  he also has a diagnosis of Autism

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Hello -

Your son's skills are advanced, and it is likely that he is gifted.  It is possible for a child to be gifted and have autism at the same time.  A gifted child can be gifted in one type of skill or thinking, a few or many types of skills and thinking, but usually not all types of skills and thinking.  It can take quite some time to identify and understand the ways in which your son may be gifted, and how you can best help him use those abilities.  Talk with your son's health care provider, or the professional who diagnosed the autism, to find out about testing to learn more about and help him use his abilities.

It's important for you to continue what you are doing to shape his behavior, teaching what's acceptable and not acceptable, helping him learn to function with autism.

"Free Spirit Publishing" (www.freespirit.com) has excellent books and other materials about understanding and guiding children.

www.familydoctor.org is a free service provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians and is good for information about health and family of all ages.

www.healthychildren.org is a free service provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics that has extensive information for anyone raising or involved with children.

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Faith A. Coleman MD

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No questions are off-limits. My strengths are understanding what questioners are really trying to ask, knowing the right questions to get to useful answers, and putting complicated, subject-specific words and concepts into language accessible to lay-persons. The topic is fascinating and can be surprising, the opposite of what might logically seem expected of giftedness. I am skilled in identifying giftedness at any age, including very early in life.

Experience

Children constitute about one-third of the patients in a Family Medicine practice. I was Director of Children's and Women's Public Health Education Programs with the Northeast Texas Public Health District. I have two highly gifted children, one of whom attended Roeper School, listed first in this site's Sponsored Links. I was the health expert for Roeper's board of directors; I maintain contacts there. I'm on the board of directors of several organizations of which I'm a member. I spent a summer as the Medical Director of a camp for kids with ADD, ADHD, and psychiatric disorders. Editor, Medical Economics Publishing Co. licensure to teach K-12 in Oklahoma, with added qualification in Journalism

Organizations
Champions for Children: Advocacy, resources, quality assessment, for early childhood daycare (Board of Directors). American Academy of Family Physicians. Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. READ: Advocacy, education, resources for teaching and encouraging literacy in adults. East Texas Network for Children (Planning Board).

Publications
Journals: Medical Economics, Contemporary OB/Gyn, Diagnostic Medicine. Albuquerque Journal Daily, Tyler Daily News, New Mexico Daily Lobo, New Citizen Weekly, Alpena News, daily.

Education/Credentials
BA, Journalism MD University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Internship, Detroit Medical Center. Family Practice Residency, Top-100 Hospital - Beaumont. Clinical Faculty appointments to three medical schools. Faculty, Family Practice Residency, Detroit area.

Awards and Honors
Two official commendations awarded by United States Army for service and contributions to young soldiers and families. Publishing Internship, Medical Economics Publishing Company. Research Internship, Hastings Institute of Society, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. Woman Medical Student of the Year. Numerous others.

Past/Present Clients
As above in experiences, publications and awards. Many thousands of patient/family encounters.

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