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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
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
ASD: 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should one be looking for autism symptoms in add kids anyway, since there's no fix for the autism part?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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