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Doctor insights on: Aggression And High Functioning Autism In Preschoolers

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Is high functioning autism degenerative?

Is high functioning autism degenerative?

Generally not: Individuals with high functioning autism often show improvement over time and have symptoms that overlap with asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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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What can you tell me about high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

What can you tell me about high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Overall IQ > 70: Kids with hfa have low language abilities & learn best from what they see & touch. Non-verbal iq >90. May have increased random, purposeless, motor activity & stereotypies (e.g., spinning, pacing), look at objects from odd angles, over- or under-react to smell, taste, touch, visual or auditory stimuli. May work dvd players/ computers above age level. Often have good response to behavior therapy. ...Read more

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Could aspergers/high functioning autism be a type of developmental delayment?

Could aspergers/high functioning autism be a type of developmental delayment?

A developmental : delay is failure to achieve a developmental milestone by the time 90% of tots do so. "DD" is used until a child can undergo formal IQ testing, ~ age 5-6 yrs. Delays in reciprocal social interaction like not waving "bye" back to someone at 10 mos. & in social communication like not pointing at desired objects at 12 mos. are early signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a Neurodevelopmental Disorder. ...Read more

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Are there any medications or supplements that can help my son's high-functioning autism?

Are there any medications or supplements that can help my son's high-functioning autism?

Autism meds: Vitamin D and Omega 3 fish oils are helpful. Sometimes extra iron is useful if ferritin is low. Beyond those, everything else is on a case by case basis. Talk to your pediatrician or a developmental pediatrician and/or psychiatrist for other useful meds and supplements for your specific child. ...Read more

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Will the dsm v change my son's high functioning autism diagnosis? He barely qualified under the dsm iv.

Will the dsm v change my son's high functioning autism diagnosis?  He barely qualified under the dsm iv.

In truth, HFA has: Never been a separate diagnostic category. His diagnosis will be autistic disorder, as for those currently dx'ed with asperger syndrome & pdd-nos. Because core deficits exist in varying degrees in all people with autism, e.g., lack of theory of mind, + impaired facial recognition, social reciprocity, & social communication, all deserve appropriate behavioral, social & educational interventions. ...Read more

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I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

Meds can help...: ..A lot! autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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What is high functioning autism?

Not a diagnosis: The term "high functioning autism" is a term usually referring to individuals who have some but not all symptoms of autism. It is not truly a diagnosis and usually covers a large spectrum of people who do not have autism but have many similar symptoms, such as social awkwardness, a need for extreme structure in their lives and difficulties with reading others' emotional cues. ...Read more

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How common is high functioning autism in the us?

Increasing quickly: The number of those diagnosed with autism is now under 1/100 with the majority of those being male and in the category of high functioning. The significant increase over short period of time suggests an environmental influence. This is likely on top of subtle genetic susceptibilities that have not yet been well defined. Genetics will take time to sort out so adjustment to environment are key. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of high functioning autism?

Here are the : 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

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Someone said i might have high functioning autism, what exactly does this mean?

High functioning: This term is usually used to describe individuals who have difficulty with social interactions, including not being able to read body language, facial expressions and have difficulty tolerating those who do not adhere to social rules. These people often do not seek out social interactions. ...Read more

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Aggression (Definition)

Complex, no single definition brief it is the behavior directed at an animate or intimate object resulting in damage. Be it physical, verbal, or emotional, the object always suffers damages that can be as severe as death or total incapacity. Predatory, sex-related or inter-male aggression are examples observed and induced by need for sustenance, competing for ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more