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What are the specific symptoms of autism?

What are the specific symptoms of autism?

Social Impairment: Autism spectrum disorder is a brain based developmental disorder that is characterized by an individual who has significant trouble with social functioning. They may have language impairments and frequently have difficulty with reading social cues. They tend to think very concretely in many ways. They can have a variety of behavioral difficulties from aggression to adhd. ...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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How can I i determine autism in an adult?

How can I i determine autism in an adult?

The same DSM-V : criteria of qualitative impairments in social reciprocity & social communication plus narrow, restricted areas of interest or stereotypical motor movements with onset before age 3 are used by adult psychiatrists, neuropsychologists & psychologists to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorder in adults as for diagnoses in children. ...Read more

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How can I you determine autism in an adult?

How can I you determine autism in an adult?

Adult diagnosis: It can be difficult to find a provider. I suggest a psychiatrist or psychologist evaluation. Contact your local autism support group for suggestions. ...Read more

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How are kids vs adults diagnosed with autism?

Same way: The autism diagnostic observation scales are geared at different age levels, pre-verbal & verbal. Cognition ( intellect), processing of verbal & non/verbal information, language comprehension & expressive non-verbal & verbal social communication, reciprocal social interaction, & presence of stereotypies or narrow, restricted areas of interest are all tested. Social understanding @ 6 & >up by tops. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of a teen with autism?

What are the characteristics of a teen with autism?

Autism: Impaired social interaction like withdrawn or unfriendly not talking a lot to peer group.Steriotyped and repetitive patterns of behavior sometimes mentally retarted with communication problems. ...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 are the characteristics of a child with autism?

Superficially..: These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. There are varying degress of severity.Early dignosis and appropriate therapy improves greatly the prognosis.The cause currently is unknown. ...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

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What are common characteristics of people with autism?

What are common characteristics of people with autism?

Same but different: Generally there are speech/language deficits, social interaction difficulties, altered patterns of thinking/processing, sensory integration difficulties, and possibly stereotypical movements. The spectrum of presentation of these difficulties is HUGE and every person with ASD is a little different. Think Rain Main on the lower end of functioning and Sheldon from Big Bang Theory on the high end. ...Read more

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How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

Each child is unique: 12 diagnostic features are divided, 4 in each of 3 categories: social; communication; stereotypical behavior. Diagnosis requires 2 from social and at least 1 from @ of the others, but a total of at least 6. Therefore, a lot of individual variability exists. Each feature of the 12 occurs often but not necessarily a majority of the time and no one appears definitely all the time. ...Read more

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In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

Statistics: Its a way of rephrasing the statistics. The cdc states 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism by age 8. ...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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What are good resources for services or information regarding adults with autism?

Online: Several associations and societies have websites and advocate for people affected with this condition. All of them surely will help you find local chapters in your area, will share tips, support, referrals, resources. ...Read more

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Can an adult be diagnosed with autism, or is it something he has to have from childhood?

Can an adult be diagnosed with autism, or is it something he has to have from childhood?

Yes. : 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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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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Can you tell me the symptoms of autism in teens and adults?

Can you tell me the symptoms of autism in teens and adults?

Good Website: http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/autism-symptoms

core problems include:
social interactions and relationships.
Verbal and nonverbal communication.
Limited interests in activities or play. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks.org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more

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Do adults with asperger's/autism "coo" and "flap" among other involuntary noises?

Do adults with asperger's/autism "coo" and "flap" among other involuntary noises?

They could: Depending on the severity of the autistic symptoms; including the degree of intellectual impairment and communication difficulties, even adult patients can continue with these classic symptoms. ...Read more

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In autism- if the increase is from diagnosis, should adult diagnosis be through the roof?

In autism- if the increase is from diagnosis, should adult diagnosis be through the roof?

Different era : Those who showed signs of autism many years ago were tossed into classes for the mentally retarded and or special schools without specific labels.As adults they functioned at whatever level possible, often kept at home or at state schools. Its hard to tell a tiger from other cats until you know the difference. ...Read more

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Which specific vaccines are linked to autism disorder?

None: No vaccine is linked to autism. The one article that advanced this idea was published in a british medical journal, the lancet, a few years ago. Last year, the author admitted that he had falsified the data. Avoiding proper vaccination on these grounds is not only harmful to your child, but to the population as a whole. ...Read more

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How can an adult get a diagnosis for autism spectrum?

Autism in adults : Autism spectrum d/o can b diagnosed via clinical interview and a collaborative info from the family .There are assesment scales also used for that.It all depends what it's needed for. The treatment for depression anxiety or other issues for some autism does not need any rating scales.Contact a psychiatrist or psychologist good luck. ...Read more

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What help is there for adults with autism spectrum disorders?

What help is there for adults with autism spectrum disorders?

See below: There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may help for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

Autism in adults: Adults have difficulty maintaining work or social relations ships as they cannot stay focused. Some jos that involve no interpersonal skills are greatly performed. ...Read more

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Types of psychotherapy what type of therapy is used for young adults with autism?

Types of psychotherapy what type of therapy is used for young adults with autism?

Autism: The spectrum of autism is very broad. Therapies can range from talking to behavior shaping. For young adults as well as children, social skills and language communication skills should be targeted for improvement. ...Read more

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If an adult was suspicious that they have an autism spectrum disorder; what's the way to get diagnosed?

If an adult was suspicious that they have an autism spectrum disorder; what's the way to get diagnosed?

See a psychologist.: They will do a complete evaluation, including psycholological testing, which will almost always give the correct answer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if any other adult males with autism, ocd, or anything similar find they cannot get an erection quickly with?

Can you tell me if any other adult males with autism, ocd, or anything similar find they cannot get an erection quickly with?

Erections: In my experience the difficulty with obtaining an erection is often due to the medications they are taking such as ssris for ocd. There is, to the best of my knowledge, any particular reason for those disorders themselves to cause erection difficulties. There may be some other issue and seeing your family physician would be a good start. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 doctors shared insights

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