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Are Olaying For Hours With Trains And Reading All Day Signs Of Autism
Depends: It depends on the age. It also depends on the person's overall level of sociability. How much eye contact does the person have? There are other characteristics of various forms of autism spectrum disorder, that a board certified child psychiatrist would be able to evaluate and provide an opinion as to the best diagnosis. ...Read more
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
I have ongoing relationship issues and am worried that because of stress my baby could end up autistic, after reading that stress causes autism?
It's complicated: Autism is a very complex genetic issue. You must have the genetic contribution but traumatic stress can increase a baby's risk. Research suggests that 22% of the variance was due to stress during pregnancy. Talk w/ your OBGYN this but try not to worry since that will only add to the stress. I'd advise Psychotherapy to manage stress. now.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2632594/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi i'm currently 6 months pregnant, and i'm not sure of immunization. I keep reading that they are linked to autism. Should i space them out.
Lack of social skill: Autism usually presents with a delay in language skills and lack of social skills. Watch for eye contact which should be present but often is not in autism. They frequently do not respond to their name and often have repetitive and unusual behaviors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below.: Mild autism is characterized by persistent abnormalities in social interactions, restricted & highly focused interests, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. There's often limited ability to have spontaneous social interactions and a failure to develop friendships. There may be delays in other developmental areas as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some early signs are: decreased eye-to-face gaze at any time & ABSENCE OF social smile by 2 mos., reciprocal gooing & cooing by 4 mos., raising arms to be picked up & babbling @ 6 mos., imitating " pat-a-cake", etc. & consistent turning to name @ 9 mos., responsive wave "bye" @ 10 mos., & pointing with index finger for wants @ 12 mos. Having bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") is also a clue. See firstsigns.org. ...Read more
Social Impairment: An " insistence on sameness" is one of the hallmarks, an intense focus on a narrow range of subjects, poor eye contact, preference to be alone rather than to be with friends. A relative lack of empathy and interest in others. It is also not unusual for higher functioning autism or aspergers young adults to excel in business, engineering, science, technology, or even entrepreneurship. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is a variety: Autism is characterized by three main areas of difficulty. Communication, social interaction, and social imagination. Diagnosis in adulthood can be a mixed blessing. Some people decide that they are happy with self diagnosis and decide not to ask for a formal diagnosis. Some adults with autism may need support with day-to-day living. Seeing a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer