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Is there any new research on autism and Down syndrome?

Is there any new research on autism and Down syndrome?

Clinical research : reveals that 10-19% of people with Down Syndrome also have Autistic Spectrum Disorder, often manifesting as regression in language & behavioral regression between 3-7 years. See sfari.org/news-and-opinion/in-brief/2014/clinical-research-down-syndrome-autism-often-coexist. Contact Dr. George T. Capone at Kennedy-Krieger Institute in Baltimore, [email protected], to participate in studies. ...Read more

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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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Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Many: Teachers, speech , physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more

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How do autism and Down syndrome affect language development?

From infancy through: adulthood people with DS have delays in receptive & expressive language, ='in some areas to cognition, usually mild-moderate Intellectual Disability, others lower..Babies, toddlers & children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder may not talk or may have bizarre jargon mixed with babbling, then words, but they lack joint attention, communicative intent & reciprocal conversational skills. ...Read more

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What is downs syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, high functioning autism, asperger's syndrome and what are the causes?

What is downs syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, high functioning autism, asperger's syndrome and what are the causes?

See below: Down's syndrome. A genetic defect that seems to occur with mother's who are older. Fetal alcohol syndrome: this is caused by excessive intake of alcohol during the pregnancy, especially the early part of pregnancy when the nervous system is developing. As to aspergers, no one is quite sure at this time. ...Read more

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Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship or just hype?

Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship or just hype?

Science support: there are many reputable physicians who hold to the concept of leaky gut syndrome. However there has not been consistent data supporting treating the intestinal problem and an improvement in autism features. ...Read more

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Description and symptoms of kids with down syndrome?

Description and symptoms of kids with down syndrome?

Many criteria: 1. Epicanthic folds give the superficial impression of mongoloid appearance. 2. A staight across palmar crease like that of an ape so it is called a symian crease.3. Obvious developmental delay.4.Often a tongue that seems to be too big for mouth. ...Read more

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What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun . . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more

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Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship? Based on junk science again, or is it something real?

Relevant for some : Although leaky gut has in the past not been considered a legitimate condition it is slowly being recognized as a valid entity and not just in patients with autism. It is related to the disruption of the normal gut flora and balance in the gastrointestinal tract. This can be triggered by antibiotic use, steroids, and chronic stress. All of these are increased which is why we see more patients. ...Read more

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Help docs, is goldenhar syndrome alike to down syndrome?

Help docs, is goldenhar syndrome alike to down syndrome?

No: Down's Syndrome is caused by a translocation of the 21st chromosome. The cause of Goldenhar syndrome is not exactly clear. Totally unrelated syndromes. ...Read more

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What kind of support is there for families whose infants have down syndrome?

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What kind of support is there for families whose infants have down syndrome?

Many support groups: Internet resources for parents of children with down syndrome include the national association for down syndrome, at www.Nads.Org, a social networking site for parents of down syndrome children at www.Downsyndrome.Com, and sids network, a world of information and support, found at http://sids-network.Org. These groups have local chapters also. March of dimes is another place to seek support. ...Read more

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Is there some sort of link between Asperger syndrome and stuttering?

Is there some sort of link between Asperger syndrome and stuttering?

No: No link at all betwen these two disorders, although individuals with asperger's syndrome also may stutter. Stuttering is often inherited, but the genetics are completely unrelated to autism and related disorders. ...Read more

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What's the relationship between trisomy 21 and down syndrome?

What's the relationship between trisomy 21 and down syndrome?

Name game: Dr.Langdon Down worked at a home for the retarded in Britain in the 1800's.He was credited for the first published description of the syndrome that would carry his name. After the human chromosomes were identified and numbered in the 1950's, DS was studied and trisomy 21 was identified in most. Later studies show an extra piece of a specific area of the 21 is all that is needed to have DS. ...Read more

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Are there fewer and fewer cases of Down syndrome now that we have prenatal testing?

No: But many of those cases are detected by the currently available testing, and some women elect to terminate their abnormal pregnancies. So there may be fewer abies born with down's syndrome. ...Read more

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Are there similarities between huntington's disease and down syndrome?

Are there similarities between huntington's disease and down syndrome?

Unrelated: Down's is due to an extra chromosome causing a variety of bodily, and mental changes. Huntington's chorea is due to a change in one chromosome which causes a rapid neurodegeneration for which there is no cure. So the only similarity is that chromosomes are responsible in both cases but the symptoms are totally different. ...Read more

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Tips for mentally stimulating a child with down syndrome?

Tips for mentally stimulating a child with down syndrome?

Early Intervention: Programs for infants with DS accelerate attainment of motor, communication, self-help/adaptive & cognitive skills through OT, PT, cognitive, behavioral & Speech/Language Therapy from 0-3, then Early Childhood Special Education beginning at age 3 + individual therapies, if possible. Ask teachers & therapists what skills your child has mastered, what he's ready to do next & how to motivate him. ...Read more

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Clippers syndrome-i have rare neurological disorder and have been to both john hopkin's, s and mayo as well as being to vanderbilt and johnson city.?

Clippers syndrome-i have  rare neurological disorder and have been to both  john hopkin's, s and  mayo as well as being to vanderbilt and johnson city.?

Pontine inflamm. dis: Chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids (clippers) is a treatable disoder. Pts. Develop ataxic gait double vision slurred speech and tingling of the face. Imaging studies reveal a characteristic pattern of punctate and cuvilinear enhancement involving the pons medulla and midbrain. Treatment wih high dose IV steroids + chronic immunosuppression. ...Read more

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What are the differences between fragile x syndrome and down syndrome?

Different chromosome: Fragile x is a condition created when an abnormality in a faulty x chromosome is allowed to interfere with the cells in the body. In females, their other x prevents most problems while males with a y cannot block the abnormality. Down syndrome has a whole or extra piece of a 21 chromosome in every cell which interferes with normal cell function. ...Read more

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Is fragile x syndrome the same degree of retardation as down syndrome?

Is fragile x syndrome the same degree of retardation as down syndrome?

Variable: They are both "genetic" conditions but they are different in the spectrum of issues they present-. People with fragile x may have subtle cognitive impairments all depending on how affected the fmr1 gene is. People with downs have an extra chromosome and kids have delayed cognition as well as physical growth and frequently heart problems.. They both may exhibit autistic traits, more so fagile x. ...Read more

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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more


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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic Chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more