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Are there symptoms of dyslexia not associated with language or math?

Are there symptoms of dyslexia not associated with language or math?

Reading: There are several types of dyslexia, but what they have in common is the difficulty in reading comprehension. With proper instruction, this can be overcome. ...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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Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Not always: Autism is a categorical diagnosis based on observable behaviors. Genetic tests are part of medical evaluation, as are thorough physical & neurological exams. We examine & measure head size (often large) facial features, & other body parts for dysmorphism (unusual appearance) & use a woods lamp to see abnormal skin pigmentation.. Over 30 known syndromes cause autism & intellectual disability. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Name that diagnosis: Your question is very complex as is your child. It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause. ...Read more

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Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Yes.: Once sex is cheapened, unfortunately in the child -molested's eye, sex is devalued. This has been unfortunately been shown to be true. Not for everyone in that situation, but for many! ...Read more

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Which conditions link brisk knee jerks and absent plantar response, amongst others symptoms such as..?

Which conditions link brisk knee jerks and absent plantar response, amongst others symptoms such as..?

Nerve damage foot: Can be nerve damage in the leg/foot at the level of the knee, muscle weakness in the calf/leg, restriction/disease in ankle/foot joints preventing motion, or improperly performed test. Follow up with nerve conduction velocities and EMG studies with a neurologist. Other etiologies/causes are possible. If with severe pain, then immediate testing and evaluation for vascular compromise necessary. ...Read more

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Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Run the gamut: Autism spectrum disorders run the gamut from from retardation in classic autism to normal intelligence with poor social interaction. ...Read more

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Are maternal depression or symptom severity associated with breastfeeding intention or outcomes?

Are maternal depression or symptom severity associated with breastfeeding intention or outcomes?

Yes: Breastfeeding difficulties and depression tend to run together - it's not entirely clear whether the depression affects breastfeeding, or breastfeeding problems lead to depression. I've blogged about this here: http://bfmed.Wordpress.Com/2013/05/30/breastfeeding-and-depression-its-complicated/. ...Read more

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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read more

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Assessments for autism spectrum disorders? Which places in the u.S. Don't over-diagnose or under-diagnose?

Assessments for autism spectrum disorders?  Which places in the u.S. Don't over-diagnose or under-diagnose?

See below.: If there are concerns regarding any developmental issue, first stop is at the pediatrician's for a full exam and history (including development). If the pediatrician agrees with your concern, the next step is with either a pediatric neurologist or developmental-behavioral specialist for further evaluation and management. As long as a complete eveluation is done, there's no need to travel elsewhere. ...Read more

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Are intrusive thoughts a part of aspergers or a sign of something more? (regarding 7 y/o with as dx)

Are intrusive thoughts a part of aspergers or a sign of something more? (regarding 7 y/o with as dx)

Intrusive thoughts: Are not specific to any condition, may happen to anyone but most dismiss them. They can be distressing & may occur in obsessive-compulsive disorder, ptsd, other anxiety disorders, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, adhd, loss of reality contact, etc. People with aspergers may have intrusive thoughts & may have some of the conditions above. Seek psychological/psychiatric eval. ...Read more

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Do autism patients show symptoms of extreme anger?

Do autism patients show symptoms of extreme anger?

Many are aggressive : But not all. Here is an excellent resource on the issue. (i live with my grandson who is 6 years old and has autism. He seems to get aggressive if he does not understand why he is being told " no.") www.Autism.Com/index.Php/treating_tips video presentation: addressing challenging behaviors: strategies for tantrumming, aggression, self-injury. ...Read more

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Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?

Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?

No: Motor tics are, generally speaking, a biological condition, responsive to behavioral techniques, and medication. ...Read more

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14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch: These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? ...Read more

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Do MRI scans show signs that someone may have an intellectual disability (otherwise known as mental retardation)?

Do MRI scans show signs that someone may have an intellectual disability (otherwise known as mental retardation)?

No: MRI scans show views of the anantomy of the brain. It cannot tell intellectusl ability, but it can detect abnormalities of brain structure that can help identify specific patterns related to mental retardation, and areas of abnormal development or damage. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more