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Which type of doctor specializes in autism?

Which type of doctor specializes in autism?

Developmental Peds: A developmental and behavioral pediatrician has completed a 3 years pediatrics residency and then goes on to a 3 year fellowship for developmental and behavioral pediatrics. We specialize in working with children with developmental and behavioral issues. Autism is one of our biggest specialties. A child psychiatrist will also see and treat children with autism. Ask your doctor for a referral! ...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 is the best type of pediatric doctor to evaluate for autism?

What is the best type of pediatric doctor to evaluate for autism?

Pediatrician: And if your pediatrician needs help, a specialist in child development or child psychiatrist should be able to evaluate. ...Read more

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How do you find a good doctor or type of therapy that helps with autism?

Autism clinic : I don't know exactly where you live, but you should start by looking for a clinic that specializes in autistic spectrum disorders, probably in a large medical center in your area. The specialists can do the appropriate assessments, and they can help you to find the right referrals near you. You may have to travel to find the right clinicians, but it will be worth it. ...Read more

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My daughter is 12 year old and is showing signs of autism. How do I know if she really is autistic and should I see a doctor?

Autism Spectrum D: Autism Spectrum Disorder can vary greatly in presentation. Higher functioning autistics can be diagnosed later in childhood and early adulthood. Diagnosis is usually done by a neurologist or psychiatrist. Here is a great website about Autism called the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism www.thinkingautismguide.com ...Read more

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Why can't doctors figure out what causes autism?

Why can't doctors figure out what causes autism?

There are many known: Causes: > 30 known syndromes, "copy repeat errors" in small bits of dna in certain genes, factors that change the function of certain fetal genes early in pregnancy, (e.g., toxins, viruses & ? Folic Acid levels). Specific atypical white matter development is seen on brain mri's in infants long before they show clinical signs of asd. The ? Is, what triggers the expression of the altered genes. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats autism?

What type of doctor treats autism?

An expert in Autism: Behavioral pediatricians & child psychiatrists are the most likely specialists to provide ongoing care; also some child neurologists. More importantly, the md must have much experience & a great commitment to serving autistic patients. Autism is very complex. The md needs an intimate professional longterm relationship w/ the fam & should guide the ed, behav & social interventions as well as meds. ...Read more

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What would be a good way for me to ask my doctor if I have autism?

Clear and politely: And he will most likely proceed to perform a comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluation to rule out this and any other psychiatric conditions; or refer you to a psychiatrist for this. ...Read more

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What is an autism doctor called?

Confusing question: There are few if any doctors that only deal with autism. Within the treating universe for this condition are primary care docs, pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, speech pathologists, applied behavior analysts, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a doctor who treats autism called?

Several: Those who treat people with autism include Pediatric and adult neurologists, child and adult psychiatrists and behavioral psychologists. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does my autism spectrum test score mean?

See psychiatrist: You should see a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who can take a thorough history and interpret the test and your score. Trying to interpret the score without getting to know your history who you are, is an inexact approach. ...Read more

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How can a doctor know if a child has autism or mental impairment?

How can a doctor know if a child has  autism or mental impairment?

See below: The distinction maybe hard to determine. However a good history and some screening tests will aid in the diagnosis. Plus observation is a very strong tool. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have adhd, or autism, or none of the above?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have adhd, or autism, or none of the above?

Neurodevelopmental: Disorders (A) present with symptoms in childhood (B) cause the person who has them harmful dysfunction in academics, behavior &/or peer interaction & (C) cause functional impairment in at least 2 settings, like home & work or home & school. If these criteria fit, ask your family of origin for childhood history & seek a referral from your doctor for evaluation by mental health professionals. ...Read more

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What doctor specializes in children with autism, Down syndrome (with special needs). ?

What doctor specializes in children with autism, Down syndrome (with special needs). ?

Developmental peds: A developmental pediatrician specializes in developmental and behavioral problems in children, including autism, Down Syndrome, ADD and some other issues. If you are looking for a developmental pediatrician in your area, you can ask your general pediatrician for a referral or you can look on the American Academy of Pediatrics website: www.aap.org. ...Read more

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Is it possible for ds to be misdiagnosed as autism and how can I get my child's doctor to check my child for ds?

Is it possible for ds to be misdiagnosed  as autism and how can I get my child's doctor to check my child for ds?

Down Syndrome : Doesn't preclude a diagnosis of autism, tho autistic regression can occur later than 15-21 mos. In children with down syndrome. All children with intellectual disability &/ or autism deserve blood tests called genetic microarray or cgh & dna probe for fragile x to look for genetic errors that can cause either or both. Down syndrome can be diagnosed by chromosome analysis, as well. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old if i go to the doctor now at 19 would they still have it on my record?

I was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old if i go to the doctor now at 19 would they still have it on my record?

Maybe,maybe not: This somewhat depends on the extent of the record. Sometimes such labels are used in early childhood and are found not to fit well when the kid is older.If so, the early label becomes part of the history. Someone found to be developmentally delayed at 3 may catch up by their teens and the label would obviously not apply. Such is the problem with observational diagnoses. ...Read more

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How do you get a child tested for autism if everyone, including doctor's refuse? My child has the signs and symptoms.

How do you get a child tested for autism if everyone, including doctor's refuse? My child has the signs and symptoms.

Get another doctor!!: Your concerns must be addressed; to be dismissed by your doctor is concerning. Your child should be appropriately tested and a referral to a specialist is warranted. Persevere, early treatment can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Can any doc explain if vaccines contain enough mercury to cause autism?

Doesn't happen: Although the issue has been studied thoroughly over many years,research has never linked thimerosal with autism or any other condition.The issue comes up as a fear or theory, but no data exists to support the idea.Mercury was removed from childhood vaccines by the early 90's, but autism frequency has increased. Newer data points to genetic factors present at conception as a cause. ...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