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My 14 month old sits on his knees raises his hands (usually around bright lights), grunts, shakes, and exhales. He is delayed. Is this autism?

My 14 month old sits on his knees raises his hands (usually around bright lights), grunts, shakes, and exhales. He is delayed. Is this autism?

Only 1 symptom: The diagnosis of autism requires your child to have a certain number of criteria to make the diagnosis. While the movement you are describing sounds like it might meet be one of the criteria, there must be a constellation of criteria to actually diagnose. You need to see a professional who is skilled in this area so appropriate diagnosis can be made and the right treatment initiated. ...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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Is it possible there is a cure (s) for autism and schizophrenia?

Is it possible there is a cure (s) for autism and schizophrenia?

Not yet: However, researchers are trying to find ways to cure them. Schizophrenia can be maintained well on medications. They are also making advances in communication skills for autistic people using computerized technology which is very hopeful. ...Read more

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How is asperger’s syndrome related to autism?

How is asperger’s syndrome related to autism?

Related: Usually the Asperger patient has better language ability than the autistic patient. One could also consider them to be different sections of a spectrum of continuity. Some people call it high functioning autism. In my opinion the exact label doesn't matter a great deal, it is what are the needs of the child and make sure those needs are addressed. ...Read more

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What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

Considerable: Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays. Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between asperger’s disorder and high functioning autism?

Probably Not Much: To my knowledge, these are expressions for the same condition. Aspergers is now part of what is called the autistic spectrum, a range of conditions sharing characteristic of autism, but with different levels of severity. ...Read more

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Assessments for autism spectrum disorders? Which places in the u.S. Don't over-diagnose or under-diagnose?

Assessments for autism spectrum disorders? Which places in the u.S. Don't over-diagnose or under-diagnose?

See below.: If there are concerns regarding any developmental issue, first stop is at the pediatrician's for a full exam and history (including development). If the pediatrician agrees with your concern, the next step is with either a pediatric neurologist or developmental-behavioral specialist for further evaluation and management. As long as a complete eveluation is done, there's no need to travel elsewhere. ...Read more

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Is autism transmitted?

Is autism transmitted?

Its not contagious,: If that's what you mean. There are genetic links that run in families, so in that sense there is greater likelihood of ending up with autism or something related if one or more of your biological parents has it. But, genetics is very far away from being able to predict what child will get it, given the parent's symptoms. If this is your concern, find a genetic counselor for the latest... ...Read more

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Is autism misunderstood?

By some yes,: Autism can present so many different levels of severity. Impaired social skills, impaired communication, impaired relationships can present in different degrees in different people. From my perspective, some with partial symptoms, not enough for a formal diagnosis, still can benefit from treatment to improve. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

What is an "autism stare"?

Failure to: Make eye contact. Gaze avoidance. A blank look on one's face, not visually interacting. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

Uncomfortable gaze: Kids with autism are uncomfortable with eye contact. They can learn in therapy to make eye contact and often what happens is they can develop a trained "stare" in which they are trying to make eye contact (which is terribly innately uncomfortable for them) and they end up " over doing it" so to speak. I think this is what you are referring to. ...Read more

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What are the cause of autism?

Not Yet: We know from results of massive amounts of research that immunizations are not the cause. As yet, there are many theories, but nothing remotely proven. ...Read more

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How to know if I have autism?

I doubt it: Chances are, if you are writing FOR YOURSELF right now. You do NOT have autism. An autistic person wouldn't care enough about it nor be understanding of the vast outside world enough to write the question and ask the internet.
Hope that helped.
Be well :) ...Read more

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What are some signs of autism?

What are some signs of autism?

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 more

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How to know if you have autism?

How to know if you have autism?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand THAT other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely than just social anxiety or other issues. ...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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How to determine if I have autism?

Why do you ask?: And why not ask instead, "How can I be happy and productive, finding love and meaning, whoever I may be? How can I use my unique combination of skills and personality traits to build a good life for myself? Can I learn to understand people better, talk to them more easily, and perhaps find more satisfying relationships? If I focus really well on academics, how can I excel? " ...Read more

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What medicines are used for autism?

See below:: Anxiety and depression: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri's) for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Antipsychotic meds (thioridazine, fluphenazine, chlorpromazine, haloperidol) & atypical antipsychotics (zyprexia/risperidone) to treat severe behavioral problems. Anticonvulsants;stimulants;antidepressants, naltrexone, lithium, & benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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Why is it 1 in 42 boys that get autism?

Why is it 1 in 42 boys that get autism?

Numbers vs real life: Some people have a theory that toxins in the environment may be one of the causes of autism. The word toxins refers to substances that are increased in our world due to our modern, industrialized society. That means all the things that we use, or that are used to produce the goods we have, can be the toxins in our environment. There are too many chemicals or substances to count. ...Read more

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Is it know what way is autism inherited?

No: There are many types of autism presentations as well as inheritance. For some indiv there are actually identified genetic abn (pku untreated is autism), some inheritance is of genetics for abnormal enzyme function, (poor digestion of certain proteins)for many at most a vulnerability is inherited. ...Read more

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What statements about autism is coorect?

What statements about autism is coorect?

Autism: Autism, is a condition that children are born with. There are three major areas of impairment.:communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors or interests. Every individual is affected differently. The autism speaks website has good basic information explaining what to look for if you suspect autism. ...Read more

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Could everyone have some degree of autism?

No: While everyone may have a symptom that is used to classify and diagnose autism, true autism is a constellation of a number of these symptoms in different areas. For instance, excessive thirst can be a symptom of diabetes, but not everyone who has the symptom of excessive thirst has diabetes. Similarly, "one" symptom or quirky behavior or social awkwardness or speech delay alone does not autism make. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of autism in baby?

What are the first signs of autism in baby?

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 more

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What are the earliest signs of autism in a child?

What are the earliest signs of autism in a child?

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

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Please advise me. What do you think causes autism?

Please advise me. What do you think causes autism?

Autism: Truth is we do not know what causes autism. As time goes on pervasive developmental disorder is a spectrum of disorder ranging from mild to what we traditionally thought of as autistic children. The rise in incidence maybe some factor or may simple be our increasing awareness of it. ...Read more

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How to know what is autism and the leads to of it?

Developmental dis.: It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs of autism in adults?

Could you tell me what are signs of autism in adults?

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 more

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What are the characteristic manifestations of autism?

Autism: There are three major areas of impairment.:communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors or interests. Every individual is affected differently. The autism speaks website has good basic information explaining what to look for if you suspect autism. ...Read more

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


Dr. Prem Gupta
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Tremor (Definition)

Tremor = involuntary ...Read more