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A 31-year-old member asked:

how long is it supposed to it normally take a peaditrican to diagnose autistic spectrum disorders?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Variation: The diagnosis depends upon severity of the problem.We have made the diagnosis as early as 6 mos old. But 12-18 months old is more normal. And remember also that there are no blood tests or imaging studies for diagnosis.Observation and standardized questionaires are what is used.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How do autisum and autisum spectrum disorder differ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Group vs solo dx: Years ago, school and mental health groups chose to classify a collection of issues under a single category called the autism spectrum. It includes autism, a disorder with defined criteria: Asperger syndrome, another defined disorder, and pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified, a large group of delayed individuals. Funding sources for special help often consider all the same.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it possible there is such thing as "autistic spectrum"?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
A big umbrella: This is a collective term that pulls together several separate diagnoses under one supposedly unifying term. Autism, aspergers syndrome and pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified, make up the spectrum. It is more a term preferred by academics and bureaucrats that track the funding for their specialized supportive care. I find it rather loosely supported by an actual link.
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A female asked:

I'm on the autistic spectrum and I tend to zone out sometimes, especially when I am tired. is this normal?

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes: Everyone tends to zone out sometimes, especially when tired. This is normal. If, however, you find that you are missing periods of time, you stop mid sentence and do not resume for a while, you are listening to someone and suddenly they are minutes farther along than you expect, your friends say you zone out and can't be brought back, or they note unusual movements then you need medical care.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What can you tell me about autistic spectrum disorders?

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
There is a: wide range of expression of autistic spectrum disorders but the common theme in all is relative weakness in social and language skills compared to overall ability. It is not possible to cover the full spectrum in 400 words but the following links have great information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/autism-spectrum-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20021148http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml

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