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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Overview)

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 autism and Asperger Syndrome.


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Is it ok to have kids with a man with autism spectrum disorder?

Is it ok to have kids with a man with autism spectrum disorder?

A Serious Matter: The decisions to take a mate and have children are likely the most important decisions we face in our lifetime. Our ability to have and/or rear children is dependent upon our ability to parent in a responsible manner and not dependent upon a diagnosis. If you select a spouse with a known condition, be sure that you fully understand the condition and especially the long term prognosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Overview)

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 autism and Asperger Syndrome.


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Would a sensory integration disorder be a symptom of Asperger's syndrome? my now 11yr old daughter was diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder 1yr ago. however when I'm speaking to others about her symptoms the first comment I hear usually is 'oh

Hi, : Hi, concur with dr. Rinker. Aspergers syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. Autism, is the most impairing of the autism spectrum disorders. Pervasive developmental disorder comes next and children with aspergers are usually the highest functioning of three. Children with autism spectrum disorder usually have sensory overload which includes tactile stimulation. I recommend talking directly with your daughter's psychiatrist about how best to deal with her tactile sensitivity. One quick option is the use of a camisole that is made of smooth or silky material as an undergarment. It is likely to create less friction against the nipples without highlighting just her nipples. Additionally, pulling bandaids off of skin repeatedly could be quite painful - especially in a child who is already sensitive. I hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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Living with Autism (Checklist)

Seek specialty consultation with a child neurdevelopmental specialist
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Contact local support groups to seek out resources in your area
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Coordinate care with your local physician
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What are classic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

Often less social: There is not a single type of autism. Every one with this label functions a little differently. But in general each one has some depree of problem with: social skills, empathy, communication, and flexible behavior. The level of disability and combination of problems vary greatly from individual to individual. Some speak normally, others don't speak at all. ...Read more

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Suppose you had a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. What do you do next?

Find a Doctor: Get a dr who is experienced in dealing with asd, & 1 that is willing 2 listen 2 your concerns. Also connect with support group of other parents, they have been there & can help share experience. Educate yourself about options for treatment. No treatment works for every child, but there are scores of options available. Some only work for 5% of kids, but u don't know until you try something. ...Read more

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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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Nurse just called to set up appointment for my son. How do I tell him he might have autism spectrum disorder and needs to see doctor?

Neurodevelopmental : Neuro-developmental problems like autism spectrum are just that developmental problems and should not be thought of as pathology. We have yet to understand enough about the pathology of the brain/mind to even have a specific test for these disorders. An extremely important part of intervention is psycho-educational counseling for both the parents and child. ...Read more

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Is anything suspected to cause autism spectrum disorder in children?

Is anything suspected to cause autism spectrum disorder in children?

Many Theories: Sometimes a suspected genetic mutation is thought to be at fault. Sometimes experts feel the child has some type of unknown metabolic weakness of the immune system or unknown enzyme, then 1 or 2 or 3 insults to their system occur and it creates disorder in their neurochemical make up. Cdc claims vaccines are 'perfectly safe', others dispute this claim. More research is clearly needed. ...Read more

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Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Terms are changing: For several decades, pdd (pervasive developmental disorder) was the broad term that included autism asperger's disorder, and several other rare but similar disorders. Gradually, the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has gained favor, and the new manual appear to be doing away with pdd in favor of ASD as the broad term. Also, autism and asperger's disorder by go away as distinct diagnoses. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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