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What are the causes of autism or how is it diagnosed to young children?

What are the causes of autism or how is it diagnosed to young children?

No known cause: There is currently no known cause. A diagnosis is usually made after a psychiatrist or physician obtains a complete history and physical and bases the diagnosis on specific criteria. Often a test called the ados can provide further information in making the diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...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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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors : Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks.post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of autism in young adults?

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 more

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What is the likelihood of my children having autism?

What is the likelihood of my children having autism?

See below: 1-2% incidence in the US for autism. 6% incidence for the full spectrum of PDD. Check my health tips on PDD. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index.Shtml or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd.Shtml. ...Read more

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How does Biobita supposedly help children with Autism?

How does Biobita supposedly help children with Autism?

Not a cure: Biobita is a combination of probiotics and vitamins. While it can help the GI tract, there is no definitive evidence that it will help autism. The claims are testimonials without research back up other than describing research that was not autism specific. With that said if your child has problems with pain, chronic constipation or diarrhea, making him irritable, Biobita may help that and his mood ...Read more

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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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Please explain what food to give to children with autism?

Please explain what food to give to children with autism?

It depends,,,: First of all kids need to eat and grow so they need to consume food. But autistic kids have very restricted diets, and often crave the very food that is not good for them. The restricted diets are often not nutritionally complete. Different diets: gluten free, casein free, soy free, gaps, and feingold, have all been reported to help some, but not all. I would find a maps doctor to help you sort. ...Read more

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Please explain which food to give to children with autism?

Please explain which food to give to children with autism?

Green and organic: Any child can be sensitive to artificial ingredients. I think the biggest offenders are artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. So as organic as you can reasonably find is good. Other than that, unless they have an allergy to a food, give them whatever they will eat. The gfcf diet usually does not improve autism unless there are gastrointestinal problems. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are so many children being diagnosed with autism?

I'm wondering why are so many children being diagnosed with autism?

Better screens: One of the reasons is for sure the increasing awareness of it (thanks to the media mainly) and improvement of the diagnostic screenings in schools, hospitals etc. So, at least in part, is about finding it more effectively which gives us the impression that it became more prevalent. ...Read more

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How should you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult?

How should you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult?

See below: Diagnosis includes looking at the person’s medical history, watching the person’s behavior, & giving the person some psychological tests. But, it can be more challenging to DX an adult because it is not always possible to know about the person’s development during the first few yrs of life, and a long history of other diagnoses may complicate an ASD dx. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.htm. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is autism and why do so many children have it now?

Good question: And it cannot be effectively answered here..." autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors." great website for more info: http://www.Autismspeaks.Org/what-autism. ...Read more

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If my partner and i both have autism, could we pass it on to our children?

If my partner and i both have autism, could we pass it on to our children?

Geneticist: If available to you, consultation with a geneticist would be very helpful. They can evaluate the two of you with regard to potential genetic conditions and give you a reasonable estimate of your chances of having a child affected with autism. ...Read more

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Is anyone finding good info on natural ways to help autism in our children?

Yes: I am and so are other physicians i know. I have had good experiences with chinese medicine, homeopathy, gluten free/casein free diet, supplements and of course therapies. I have had patients experience significant improvement. I actually have two patients (who were high functioning to begin with) have their diagnosis of autism removed. While that is unusual, it shows it can happen. ...Read more

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What's a good way for us to better help the children diagnosed with autism?

What's a good way for us to better help the children diagnosed with autism?

Early Intervention : The earlier a child is diagnosed and started with therapies the better the outcomes. The plan needs to be multifactorial and may include biomedical, st, pt, ot as well as behavioral. All those who work with the child should be educated on what to expect and how best to respond to certain behaviors. Support groups for parents and respite care are key to allow them time to recharge. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between autism and an autistic disorder in children?

Same: Autism & autistic disorder are the same. As of may 2013, the new diagnostic manual is changing things, getting rid of asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder & creating an umbrella term of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to include individuals with lifelong problems in social interactions & unusual interests or bizarre behaviors. Exact changes are not yet public but will be soon. ...Read more

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What is autism, who suffers from it and does it affect children.What is the aspeger syndrome?

What is autism, who suffers from it and does it affect children.What is the aspeger syndrome?

Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis given when a person's set of observable behaviors meet criteria in the diagnostic & statistical manual used by mental health professionals & developmental/behavioral pediatricians. Because it's the quality of social reciprocity & communication + repetitive movements/narrow, restricted areas of interest, not just a delay, it requires a thorough team evaluation for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How would you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult? Is there any benefit to get a diagnosis?

Find an expert: In most areas, it would be highly unusual for someone with autism to make it to adulthood without having been diagnosed, but it still happens. Evidence suggests autism manifests between birth and age 21/2 or so. There is no specific treatment for it; but, knowing what the trouble is may help. Also, am autism diagnosis might give eligibility to programs & services restricted to that diagnosis. ...Read more

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If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis. It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities. Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings. If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read more

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What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp i. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Posture (Definition)

Posture is the position of your body, or ...Read more