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Autism Presentation Activities Or Demonstrations
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can patients (age 12) with autism and seizure disorder experience gains in cognitive and social function post seizure activity?
Seizure/Autism: Sure.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a patient who is showing signs and symptoms of schizophrenia. Fhx of bipolar disorder in the family. Patient reports auditory hallucinations, along with criteria for conduct disorder. The schizophrenia happens to be followed by affect of schizoid p
No: But they can theoretically coexist.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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.
No: There is no association.Get a more detailed answer ›
Do MRI scans show signs that someone may have an intellectual disability (otherwise known as mental retardation)?
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
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