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How can the ados (autism diagnostic observation schedule) help my daughter who was diagnosed w asd?

ADOS: Here is a video about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svkb83-igka&sns=em but basically it is for ruling out autism. Some components may lead to intervention targets but a good psychologist can walk you through goal setting based upon a good evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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I need to know what is an autism assessment like?

I need to know what is an autism assessment like?

Medical vs school: Evaluations by physicians include assessment of symptoms through interviews of child and parents and diagnostic laboratory tests to rule out other similarly presenting conditions like pku that would require different approaches to treatment. School evaluations are by interdisciplinary teams of educational professionals. Reference: http://www.Autism-society.Org/about-autism/diagnosis/. ...Read more

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Can brigance assessment be used to children with autism?

Can brigance assessment be used to children with autism?

Teachers screen: kids in PK - elementary school with the Brigance System to obtain age-equivalents in specific abilities for yearly revision of Individual Educational Plans. Child Psychologists & Neuropsychologists use standardized tests of IQ & adaptive skills at age 5 & older to diagnose Intellectual Disability, comorbid in 35-65% of kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder & other tools to define degree of ASD. ...Read more

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Assessments for autism spectrum disorders? Which places in the u.S. Don't over-diagnose or under-diagnose?

Assessments for autism spectrum disorders?  Which places in the u.S. Don't over-diagnose or under-diagnose?

See below.: If there are concerns regarding any developmental issue, first stop is at the pediatrician's for a full exam and history (including development). If the pediatrician agrees with your concern, the next step is with either a pediatric neurologist or developmental-behavioral specialist for further evaluation and management. As long as a complete eveluation is done, there's no need to travel elsewhere. ...Read more

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Is there a way I can get a test for autism for my stepson?

Is there a way I can get a test for autism for my stepson?

His legal guardians: Have to initiate the process by first consulting the child's pediatrician. If the biological parents have joint legal custody, both must agree on non-urgent medical care of any kind, unless specific provisions in the divorce decree give one parent the sole right to make medical decisions. You can use the m-chat for screening online at firstsigns.Org, to present your concerns to his bio parents. ...Read more

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Which heavy metal tests for autism: lead, mercury, or arsenic?

Which heavy metal tests for autism: lead, mercury, or arsenic?

None of the above : unless there is a history of exposure to & clinical symptoms of a specific toxicity, except for AAP-recommended lead screening. quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Tests/urine_toxic.html describes fraudulent "heavy metal toxicity" panels by proprietary labs. I've had to provide medical expert testimony in cases of State vs. Parents of kids with ASD who had seizures or died during chelation. ...Read more

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Autism: dad's son has it from his first marriage and my niece has it. Are there tests i can undergo to see if my child will have it?

Autism: dad's son has it from his first marriage and my niece has it. Are there tests i can undergo to see if my child will have it?

No: Currently, there are no known medical tests to diagnose autism, especially prenatally. It is diagnosed clinically by assessing behavior, communication and social skills typically at age 12m or older. While genetics are implicated, very few specific genes have been found in a majority of kids with autism. ...Read more

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How would a child have medical tests for autism?

How would a child have medical tests for autism?

Medical causes?: Medical evaluation is done in a child with autism to try to find the cause: thorough physical exam, measure head, ears, eyes and more, look for major or minor unusual features, skin pigmentation. Complete neurological exam. Assess all areas of development. Genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x on all; other labs if needed. Mri of brain, eeg if warranted by history or neurological findings. ...Read more

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Which IQ test is most reliable for autism?

Which IQ test is most reliable for autism?

Autism: Any of the standardized iq tests are reliable for the assessment of intelligence in children with autism. For more serious cases along the autism spectrum, the use of non-verbal iq may be most appropriate. ...Read more

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Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more