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Autism Is A Neurological Disorder
My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
Maternally derived: Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.Muscle weakness occurs in all;blindness, & deafness in some. A progressive neurological disorder with developmental regression with or without autistic behaviors occurs in some types. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Partially: Unfortunately, sensory processing disorder is not fully recognized or embraced by all in medical and behavioral and therapy fields. Sensory defensiveness or hyper-reactivity to various stimuli, can be seen in autism, but also in anxiety, depression, mental retardation, adhd of any type and other situations. Many therapies are available, they help some, not all. I'd be wary of any cure claim. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a single transverse palmarcrease in both hands correlated to autism or disorders in the spectrum?
Maternally derived: Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.Muscle weakness ( like ptosis/droopy eyelids), blindness, deafness & progressive neurologic disorder with developmental regression +/- autistic behaviors are some known symptoms. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected. ...Read more
Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?
Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis of a set of observable behaviors with many different etiologies, or causes. The underlying deficits that cause difficullty in joint attention, gaze monitoring, pretend play, face recognition, processing social/emotional information, social communication, social reciprocity & stereotyped, repetitive movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest are unique to ad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same: Autism & autistic disorder are the same. As of may 2013, the new diagnostic manual is changing things, getting rid of asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder & creating an umbrella term of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to include individuals with lifelong problems in social interactions & unusual interests or bizarre behaviors. Exact changes are not yet public but will be soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?
No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis. It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities. Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings. If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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