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Autism Reaching For A Brighter Future
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
My 14 month old sits on his knees raises his hands (usually around bright lights) , grunts, shakes, and exhales. He is delayed. Is this autism?
Only 1 symptom: The diagnosis of autism requires your child to have a certain number of criteria to make the diagnosis. While the movement you are describing sounds like it might meet be one of the criteria, there must be a constellation of criteria to actually diagnose. You need to see a professional who is skilled in this area so appropriate diagnosis can be made and the right treatment initiated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any research going currently for autism.. Would it be possible to completely rule out autism in future. Kindly reply?
The American Academy: Of pediatrics' journal "pediatrics" nov. 2012 has a separate supplement of updates in autism diagnosis & treatment. Some recent studies confirm the recommendation that all women of child-bearing age take daily Folic Acid supplements, as it significantly reduces the risk of autism as well as neural tube defects & other genetic accidents. Being immunized against the " flu" is also important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe, but not much: Genetic influences with autism are actually quite strong--identical twins have a nearly 100% concurrence of the diagnosis in some studies. However, there is no single gene, and inheritance is quite complicated. Here's a good overview: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/heritability_of_autism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: We are learning more and more about medical factors that both cause and worsen symptoms of autism. Have your child in the ongoing care of a developmental pediatrician who can arrange for medical testing as necessary. Obtain early intervention services and special education services as well as social security coverage. Plan ahead for adulthood with the assistance of the regional centers in yourarea. Many adults with autism can be cared for in group settings or private homes geared to caring for their needs and allowing independence to the degree possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There is no evidence based studies that support this idea. This is a cult idea promoted by the anti-vaccine crowd in the present era.Thirty years ago they pushed the idea it caused cerebral palsy, twenty years ago they pushed the idea it caused crib death. As each issue is eventually proven unrelated they take up a new idea.Sadly, their efforts have resulted in much fear & many preventable deaths. ...Read more
ASD: Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013 , it is called autism spectrum disorder.Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas. Social interaction communication(verbal and nonverbal) behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many, many: Think of how you'd behave if you thought everyone knows what you know, feels the way you feel, & wants to do what you want to do. You couldn't lie, but you couldn't know why people go away sometimes when you're just stating a fact, why they say no when you tell them what to do or why they tell you to do something you don't want to do. If you think in pictures, language is a second language. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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