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pH monitoring

tracking of stomach acid, usually in the esophagus to evaluate reflux

poor eye contact

the inability to meet eyes with another individual; many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder find eye contact unsettling for many reasons.

prolonged QT syndrome

also known as long QT Syndrome, refers to a group of disorders that increase the risk for sudden death due to an abnormal heartbeat


the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from the stimuli within the body itself

PT (physical therapy)

health profession which aims the physical treatment and management of disease or condition which enables people to reach their maximum potential

recurrent pneumonia

condition associated with immune problems, aspiration of fluids into the lung from the esophagus or underlying lung disease that results in repeated inflammation of the lung causing pneumonia

recurrent UTIs

infection anywhere along the urinary tract

renal reflux

abnormal movement of urine from the bladder into the ureters or kidneys; reverse of the typical direction


severe, persistent, debilitating, and poorly understood psychiatric disorder that includes disturbances in thoughts (or cognitions), mood (or affects), perceptions, and relationships with others


crooked spine that curves laterally

secondarily generalized seizures

starts as a partial seizure (in one limited area of the brain) but then (sometimes so quickly that the partial seizure is hardly noticed) spread throughout the brain, becoming

sensory integration disorder

A condition that exists when sensory signals don

severe sleep apnea

temporary interruption of breathing during sleep, severe symptoms include more than 30 incidents of disrupted breathing per hour

shortness of breath

breathing difficulty involves a sensation of difficult or uncomfortable breathing or a feeling of not getting enough air

simple partial seizures

seizures which affect only a small region of the brain; no impairment of consciousness

sinus surgery

surgery to improve drainage or remove diseased sinus membranes

sleep apnea

temporary interruption of breathing during sleep


the vocalized form of human communication

spinal tap

procedure performed when a doctor needs to look at the cerebrospinal fluid (also known as spinal fluid).

stiff joints or contractures

chronic loss of joint motion due to structural changes in non-bony tissue, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons

strabismus (eye alignment)

wandering eye; the eye seems misaligned

swallowing difficulties

occurs when there's a problem with any part of the swallowing process


persistent prescence of abrupt, repetitive involuntary movements and sounds that have been described as caricatures of normal physical acts

tonic seizures

brief seizures, usually less than 60 seconds, consisting of sudden onset of increased tone in extensor muscles

tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal seizure

seizure involving the entire body; usually involves muscle rigidity, violent muscle contractions, and loss of consciousness.


inflammation (swelling) of the tonsils


surgery to remove the tonsils, the glands that are at the back of your throat


neck is twisted so that the head is held/tipped to one side, while the chin is turned to the other

trouble transitioning (water in the lung

pulmonary edema; swelling of the lungs

ulcerative colitis

a disease that causes ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon; one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease

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