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My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?

My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?

Excellent question: Start w/family doc. He/she will probably have appropriate referrals for you. You may see a neurologist to rule out medical conditions. Ultimately a clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist will be helpful. Peace and good health. ...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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Is autism associated with celiac disease?

Is autism associated with celiac disease?

No: Autism is a complex neurobiological inherited disorder that is worsened by environmental toxins. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that prevents absorption of gluten from the diet. There is no scientific evidence the two are related. Years ago, there was a flurry of thinking that malabsorption of gluten could lead to or worsen autism. This has been disproven. ...Read more

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Are chromosomal disorders considered as autism?

Are chromosomal disorders considered as autism?

No: Many kids with chromosome disorders have difficulties with communication and behavior and function similar to autistic or pdd patients in the autism spectrum. By convention, having such a medical diagnosis makes such a label inappropriate. ...Read more

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Can Autism be confused with Schizoaffective disorder?

Autism: Yes it is possible to confuse the two conditions ...Read more

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What's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

What's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

Cause Unknown: Risk factors include genetics, pre-/perinatal factors, neuroanatomical abnormalities, & environmental factors. No single gene can account for autism. There seems to be multiple genes involved. Possibly maternal gestational diabetes, maternal/paternal age over 30, bleeding after first trimester, use of prescription medication during pregnancy, & meconium in the amniotic fluid but not conclusive. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the autism disorder where kids bite their lips off?

Lesch Nyhan Syndrome: With self-mutilation is not associated with behaviors categorized as autistic spectrum disorder. However, ASD can present as a separate neurodevelopmental disorder in any child with a specific genetic or epigenetic set-up for it, whether they have another inheritable disorder or not. See http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001655.Htm. ...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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Help please! is autism disorder hereditary?

Not necessarily: Genetic factors do play a role. If there is someone in the family with autism, it increases the chances of getting it. However, in most cases it is not a purely genetic disease. Other factors (environmental and perinatal) seem to play a role as well. ...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