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Acute Autism Symptoms
Is Sensory Processing Disorder real? Or just hype? Is an actual dx? Or just a symptom? Is it on the Autism Spectrum?
It's a real disorder: Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which kids have difficulty receiving and integrating information from the senses. They can be unusually sensitive or insensitive to stimuli. There may be heightened brain activity in response to light, sound, touch, etc. It may have genetic causes and be present in persons w/ developmental disorders such as autism. ...Read more
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013, it is called autism spectrum disorder. Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas.
Social interaction, communication (verbal and nonverbal), behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist. ...Read more
Social Impairment: Autism spectrum disorder is a brain based developmental disorder that is characterized by an individual who has significant trouble with social functioning. They may have language impairments and frequently have difficulty with reading social cues. They tend to think very concretely in many ways. They can have a variety of behavioral difficulties from aggression to adhd. ...Read more
Core symptoms of: Autism are qualitative impairments for chronological age in social communication (both verbal & non-verbal) & reciprocal social interaction + repetitive stereotyped, non-functional movements &/or narrow, restricted areas of interest.. Firstsigns. Org has checklists to screen for developmental delays & autism in infants & toddlers. "red flags" for all ages are on www. Aap. Org's healthy child. ...Read more
DSM-V criteria for: Autistic spectrum disorder, which includes autism, Asperger syndrome & pdd-nos. Are specific observable behaviors that manifest as qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocal social interaction for developmental age + stereotypies (repetitive, non-functional movements) &/or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Degree/ severity can vary. But underlying deficits are the same. ...Read more
Depends on child: Like all of us, children with autism continue to develop over time both physically and mentally. Puberty can have an especially profound effect--good or bad--both because of increased size and because of emerging cognitive skills. In general, aggressive behaviors grow less as children age into adults, but social interactions and language may actually diminish over time. ...Read more
ABA, OT, SLT: The early start denver model, a comprehensive developmental behavioral intervention, begun at <30 mos. & continued for 2 yrs., shows improvement in iq, adaptive behavior & degree of autism. Early aba 25-40 hrs./wk can make great improvements in hfa & good improvement in kids with intellectual disability. Some of my patients who just tantrumed at 2-3 yrs. Are now in college & grad school. ...Read more
Unorthodox: Block center approach to autism runs against all research, evidence based interventions, & mainstream medicine. None of the recommendations are validated by experts in the field of autism. Parents of PDD are desperate for a treatment that will help their children. As a result they're susceptible to unproven treatments & approaches to pdd. Why is dr block posting this about her center? Advertising. ...Read more
Genetics: The main cause of autism is thought to be genetic with environmental injury or toxin. Symptoms are language delay or loss, social incompetence, repetitive stylized behaviors or movements. The nimh has a great website for all things to do with ad. Http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd. Shtml. ...Read more
Excellent source: Go to autismspeaks. Org.Get a more detailed answer ›
Autistic Spectrum: Disorder begins before age, but many toddlers have deficits in social communication ; social reciprocity with less obvious stereotypies (non-functional, repetitive movements) ; they're too young to have narrow, restricted ateas of interest. Careful observation reveals repetitive, sensorimotor acts like banging ; dropping toys or lining up objects. The diagnosis requires deficits in all 3 areas. ...Read more
Not likely: Who has decided that all the symptoms are present but yet not made the diagnosis? A medical provider needs to be involved in this process. There are standard guidelines for making the diagnosis based on observed and reported behaviors and delays and is usually diagnosed at young age. Individuals with classic aspergers could get missed and not diagnosed till older. Need professional evaluation. ...Read more
Autism: "several symptoms can be seen by 18 months of age, such as poor eye contact, trouble with pretend play and imitation, delayed communication skills and problems with "joint attention." joint attention occurs when a child points or otherwise tries to get someone to look at the same thing he is observing. Children with autism often don't point or show joint attention. Www. Autismweb. Com. More info is at the site. ...Read more
Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read more
No: Only some of the criteria may be present, to make correct diagnosis please refer to the updated dsm version definition, available online, or consult a psychiatrist. ...Read more
Autism: "several symptoms can be seen by 18 months of age, such as poor eye contact, trouble with pretend play and imitation, delayed communication skills and problems with "joint attention." joint attention occurs when a child points or otherwise tries to get someone to look at the same thing he is observing. Children with autism often don't point or show joint attention. Www. Autismweb. Com. More info is at the site. It is now classified among the autism spectrum disorders. ...Read more
Disorder is a categorical diagnosis made when history ; clinical observations reveal qualitative impairments in age-appropriate social communication ; reciprocal social interactions plus narrow, restricted areas of interest or repetitive, stereotypical, non-functional movements. The level is based on the child's need for behavioral ; educational supports. See
autismspeaks. Org/what-autism. ...Read more
Absolutely: There are a number of disorders that can superficially look like autism, especially in young children. These include language disorders, something called stereotypic movement disorder, simple shyness, intellectual disability (mental retardation), and deafness, to name a few. It can even include children who are developing perfectly normally, just at a different pace than others expect. ...Read more
Not exactly. People: With autistic spectrum disorder have lack of theory of mind. They don't understand that another person can have a different opinion or emotional reaction to a given situation than their own. Kids with a developmental age of 4 but no autistic symptoms understand false belief;e.g., "'if I close my eyes, momwill think that I'm asleep when she peeks in at naptime." if truly autistic, they don't fib. ...Read more
Should one be looking for autism symptoms in add kids anyway, since there's no fix for the autism part?
How would I get tested for a possible diagnosis of Autism? I seem to have many of the adult symptoms but I am not sure. How do I go about finding out?
Adult autism.: Your best bet at this point would be to pursue testing by a neuropsychologist. ...Read more
No: Synesthesia--the cross-over of one sense to another (touch to visual, e.g.) has been reported to be possibly more prevalent in high-functioning individuals with autism. However, there is no evidence to suggest that it is an underlying cause of autism itself. It may help to "explain" some savant abilities, although that remains to be seen. ...Read more
See below: Teens would generally exhibit: difficulty with communication; impairments in social skills & understanding how to engage & interact with others; and unusual behaviors and interests. There is a wide variability of impact on everyday functioning. ...Read more
Varies: Can be mild to severe. They develop normally and suddenly lose their social/language skills, unusual behaviors, odd repetitive movements-hand wringing, finger twisting, unusual preoccupation, generally do not make friends easily, may seem clumsy or awkward. Some are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area eg music or math. ...Read more
None are mild: The potential warning symptoms of later trouble are 1. Neonatal jaundice, 2. So-called "colic" and 3. Ear infections that are treated with antibiotics repeatedly. The earliest autism symptoms are a rather sudden change from normal mental development, e.g. Loss of speech, persistence of temper tantrums, hand flapping etc. ...Read more
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Symptoms laid out for you nicely. I have included 2 websites.
www. Ehow. Com/about_4580174_symptoms-high-functioning...
Symptoms of high functioning autism. People with autism typically have a delay in speech or social skills, mixed with some behavioral symptoms.
Autism. Lovetoknow. Com/high_functioning_autism_symptoms
includes: signs of high functioning autism, social characteristics, . ...Read more
Autistic Spectrum: Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for people who have qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocity + stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. ASD level 1 is diagnosed if a person with impaired Theory of Mind, face recognition, social reciprocity & social communication who has cognitive, adaptive & many areas of language skills in the normal range. ...Read more
A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more