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

ADOS: Here is a video about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svkb83-igka&sns=em but basically it is for ruling out autism. Some components may lead to intervention targets but a good psychologist can walk you through goal setting based upon a good evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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


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I need to know what is an autism assessment like?

I need to know what is an autism assessment like?

Medical vs school: Evaluations by physicians include assessment of symptoms through interviews of child and parents and diagnostic laboratory tests to rule out other similarly presenting conditions like pku that would require different approaches to treatment. School evaluations are by interdisciplinary teams of educational professionals. Reference: http://www.Autism-society.Org/about-autism/diagnosis/. ...Read more

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Can brigance assessment be used to children with autism?

Can brigance assessment be used to children with autism?

Teachers screen: kids in PK - elementary school with the Brigance System to obtain age-equivalents in specific abilities for yearly revision of Individual Educational Plans. Child Psychologists & Neuropsychologists use standardized tests of IQ & adaptive skills at age 5 & older to diagnose Intellectual Disability, comorbid in 35-65% of kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder & other tools to define degree of ASD. ...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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What is a autism multi disaplinary assesment in child who's 5 , does this lead to dignosis thanks?

What is a autism multi disaplinary assesment in child who's 5 , does this lead to dignosis thanks?

A multidisciplinary: Assessment might include input from providers such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, speech/ language pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker, special education specialist or a developmental specialist. Yes, the purpose is to make a diagnosis ; to help determine the child's needs. Take care. ...Read more

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31month boy not talkin morethan 10 sng word,normal hearin.Assesment result:Severe expressive delay no autism.Born with vacum does it damage brain part?

31month boy not talkin morethan 10 sng word,normal hearin.Assesment result:Severe expressive delay no autism.Born with vacum does it damage brain part?

Unrelated to vacuum: Generally, using vacuum to help deliver a baby's head is not related to problems the child has in development or brain function. Even with today's knowledge and technology, many cases of childhood brain problems still have unknown causes (that we may figure out in the next 20-50 years). Meanwhile, keep playing with and talking with the child, do all checkups & vaccines, and just hope for the best. ...Read more

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If a child has mild autism, should they be placed in a normal classroom instead of a special one? Will this help them to mentally develop at an appropriate rate?

If a child has mild autism, should they be placed in a normal classroom instead of a special one? Will this help them to mentally develop at an appropriate rate?

Highly variable: Autism consists of a wide spectrum of disability. Mildly autistic children can sometimes function and thrive in a streamline classroom, but each child's education program and support should be highly individualized by a team of school (teachers, psychologist, therapists) and pediatrician. ...Read more

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Any medicine for my 5 yr kid who has autism and still can't speak?

No Medicines fix it: Over the years a variety of medicines & diets have been studied in autism. None have provided any evidence based or predictable improvement although you can find glowing testimonials about a few. There are some medicines that physicians use to help with mood issues or aggressive behavior, but these only help manage symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why so many believe you can't have autism and schizophrenia ?

Can you please explain why so many believe you can't have autism and schizophrenia ?

Stigma: I'm afraid to say that it is a part of the stigma associated with mental illness in general. You have those who refuse to believe in a diagnosis of autism or schizophrenia alone. Let alone comorbid diagnoses. I would suggest to suffer those folks with dignity and maintain an open mind regarding mental illness. ...Read more

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A lot of people mistake my shyness with autism. I'm actually an introvert but many people say that I have I autism. I don't know what to do.

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder Level I, or Asperger Syndrome, impairs one's ability to make & sustain friendships because it''s hard to understand that other people have a different point of view than yours, sustain a conversation on a topic not of your choosing or make eye contact when talking to a someone. If this is the case, then ask your doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for evaluation. ...Read more

Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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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