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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Overview)

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 and treatment if necessary.


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Should we be concerned over changing definitions of autism?

Could be : Changes in diagnostic categorization have large implications for disability determinations, school eligibility for services, treatment, health care insurance, health costs, and public policy, so it certainly is not trivial. There has been controversy about this and other changes in dsm-v, but there will be more specific criteria which is needed and aovidance of overdiagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Overview)

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 and treatment if necessary.


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How does autism affect the brain?

How does autism affect the brain?

No one knows: Autism is defined as a group of symptoms. They probably have many causes. Although there are several good theories and some studies that show brain changes in autistic people at this point no one knows the answer to your question. ...Read more

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Living with Autism (Checklist)

Seek specialty consultation with a child neurdevelopmental specialist
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Is synesthesia a symptom of autism?

Is synesthesia a symptom of autism?

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

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What are the symptoms of autism?

What are the symptoms of autism?

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 more

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What are the beginning signs of autism? What are things to look for in young children?

What are the beginning signs of autism? What are things to look for in young children?

Discuss with your dr: Autism may begin to show signs as early as 6 months; it's characterized by: -impaired social interaction (less cuddly, less eye contact, harder to soothe) -delayed communication (delayed speech, unusual gestures) -restricted interests/repetitive behavior (echolalia, ritualistic behavior, unusual movements) it's worth mentioning your concern to your child's dr, as early intervention may help. ...Read more

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Could an autism diagnosis be wrong? Many other professionals are questioning the dx. Also, he did not qualify for the preschool disability program.

Could an autism diagnosis be wrong?  Many other professionals are questioning the dx.  Also, he did not qualify for the preschool disability program.

Not uncommon: Sometimes we have to observe a child in different ways. Our neuropsychologist sees patients first & gets the best out of them on standardized tests. Then they see me (db pede) when they're tired, but they've had a snack. With parental permission, i push the buttons that bring out autistic behaviors, if there. Atypicality that we see that way may not fulfill school eligibility guidelines. ...Read more

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I just heard kinect can help diagnose autism. Are there tests like that for asperger's syndrome?

I just heard kinect can help diagnose autism. Are there tests like that for asperger's syndrome?

No: Are you asking about the xbox kinect? If so, there is no good evidence for help diagnosing anything as of yet! ...Read more

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

Only to clarify: The ados is designed to differentiate autistic disorders from other developmental disorders. If there is really a question of diagnosis, it can help. Once diagnosed, the score really doesn't do much for therapeutic planning. That should be done by an experienced therapist and and experienced educator. ...Read more

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

Mental health pro: Start with either a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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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


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