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Does my 20th month girl twirling her fingers all the time indicate autism? My sil nurse thinks so and casually mentioned it!

Does my 20th month girl twirling her fingers all the time indicate autism? My sil nurse thinks so and casually mentioned it!

Need more info: Odd movements are one more "criteria". But socialization deficits are much more important in diagnosis: poor eye-contact, no seeking attention (stretch arms/cuddle), disregard of others, no interactive play, poor emotional reciprocity, poor imaginative play, speech atypicalities, "self-centeredness", poor capacity for empathy. Consult a behavioral pediatrician or child psychiatrist. ...Read more

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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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A 14 month old raises his hands around bright lights, gruntsand exhales. He is delayed, has curved pinky finger, eats non-food items and has a short neck. Autism?

A 14 month old raises his hands around bright lights, gruntsand exhales. He is delayed, has curved pinky finger, eats non-food items and has a short neck. Autism?

Neurodevelopmental: Disorders of genetic origin can present with dysmorphism (unusual physical features), developmental delays & autistic behaviors. The asq & the m-chat screening tests are at firstsigns. Org. A pediatric visit with the results may lead to referral to a developmental/ behavioral pediatrician. Also, your state's early intervention program can assess development & provide therapy without a diagnosis. ...Read more

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15 mth old crosses her middle and index fingers on 1 hand. She's advanced mentally. She can bear weight on legs but isn't walking. Could it be autism?

15 mth old crosses her middle and index fingers on 1 hand. She's advanced mentally. She can bear weight on legs but isn't walking. Could it be autism?

Gross motor delays &: Involuntary posturing may be signs of Cerebral Palsy or genetic neuromuscular diseases like congenital myopathies & mitochondrial diseases, not Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Upper limits of normal for walking = 16 mos. If her muscle tone/strength & deep tendon reflexes are abnormal & she has fine &/or gross motor delays on screening (firstsigns. Org), she needs to see a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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Is the cure about autism found?

Is the cure about autism found?

No: Autism is a label used for a pattern of behavioral, social and learning issues that arise from a poorly defined origin. Supportive care helps the kid over his/her lifetime and most see some improvement. However, no one treatment or group of treatments will cure this process. Ongoing research should help us understand what helps the best. ...Read more

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How to get SSI for autism help?

See your PCP first.: Have your pcp refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist to evaluate the autism then go to the social security office and apply for disability. You can get an application on line. You can contact the social security office and get help from their staff on how to fill the appropriate forms. Once the forms are submitted, they will let you you know if he is qualified ...Read more

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Can you tell me what autism is?

Different processing: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that effects in individuals ability to connect and relate to the outside world.. If has a wide range of severity and is frequently associalted with nutritional and digestive variations. There are many coping strategies that individuals develop that can lead to a variety of variably dysfunctional symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I know if I 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 is Autism a risk factor for?

Autism can lead to:: Failure to thrive, Generalized seizures in children, Vitamin C deficiency, Seizure disorder, Sensory processing disorder. ...Read more

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What do autistic and autism mean?

"Into oneself" from: The Greek word transliterated incorrectly as " autismos". It's the same root word as for "automatic, ", self-driven, etc. Dr. Kanner coined the diagnosis in the 40's for children who responded more to internal cues than to environmental stimuli; e.g., who laughed or cried without an external stimulus or hummed, rocked, & paid no attention to others, now Autistic Spectrum Disorder Level 3. ...Read more

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What are some signs of mild autism?

See below.: Mild autism is characterized by persistent abnormalities in social interactions, restricted & highly focused interests, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. There's often limited ability to have spontaneous social interactions and a failure to develop friendships. There may be delays in other developmental areas as well. ...Read more

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Where are autism rates the highest?

Ubiquitous: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prevalence rates are actually fairly equivalent across the United States. The diagnosis of ASD continues to rise, possibly due to more clear guidelines for the diagnosis being established. Research is on-going to help us understand ASD better, and of course researchers are still looking for an underlying cause (or causes) for asd. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have autism?

How do you know if you have autism?

At your age?: The fact you are asking the question in the first place at the age of 49 in the second place makes it highly unlikely in that you need worry about identifying this disorder if you're looking to diagnosis yourself. And though we do not know everything about this problem we have learned pretty well how to identify it early on. You are more than welcome to present your symptoms for opinion. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is autism?

Neurodevelop Disorde: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal & nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Because the etiology of autism is not clearly understood, prevention is not possible today. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Autism?

The tests for Autism include:: Autism Screening Questionnaire, Autism Spectrum Quotient, MRI of brain, EEG, Genetic testing, Neuropsychological testing, Hearing test. ...Read more

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Are autism and attachment issues related?

No,: Autism is a neurological condition present before birth and manifesting at some point in infancy.
Attachment issues can occur in any child exposed to prolonged, insufficient and/or inconsistent parenting. ...Read more

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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

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Is it possible for autism to be fully cured?

Hard to say: Since there is no one test or feature to rely on for early diagnosis, some kids are labeled early on that later don't meet the criteria for diagnosis. As we come up with more reliable testing and markers (gene studies), it is likely that a clearer picture will emerge. Most kids that carry the label will improve over time and some will function well with minimal assistance. ...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