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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Overview)

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 on the autism spectrum.


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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
530 doctors shared insights

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Overview)

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 on the autism spectrum.


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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

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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Autism spectrum disorder (Tip)

The primary goals of autism treatments are to lessen deficits and to lessen family stresses. ...See more

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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

Learn about your condition
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Listen, listen, listen
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Practice stress management and mindfulness
2x day
Do not be afraid to Ask for feedback
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What are classic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

What are classic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

Varies: Autism disorders occur on a spectrum from fairly mild impairment to very severe. Patients with ASD have problems with social interaction, communication, processing sensory information and intellectual disabilities. For a complete list and more explanation look at the cdc site. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html. ...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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Autism spectrum disorder (Tip)

More than 500,000 people in the United States have some form of diagnosed autism. ...See 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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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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Autism spectrum disorder (Tip)

Challenging behaviors are usually the primary obstacle in supporting children with autism/asd. ...See more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Visit your medical provider for accurate diagnosis
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Wear a wrist brace at night
daily
Take pain medications as directed
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Use proper posture when performing tasks
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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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What is asd (autism spectrum disorder) and how can it be treated?

Aspergers: Watch these two shows for my most clear answer. Autism spectrum and aspergers in 8 mins. http://youtu.be/xg1ngp1ngds. Aspergers and the dsm5 http://youtu.Be/f5sfe6dqhro. ...Read more

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Autism spectrum disorder (Tip)

There are degrees of autistic spectrum disorders. It's a continuum of symptoms, not categorical. ...See more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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What is the treatment for autism spectrum disorder?

What is the treatment for autism spectrum disorder?

Multi-dimensional: Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if that autism spectrum disorder is a disease to be cured and done away with or a different way of?

Can you tell me if that autism spectrum disorder is a disease to be cured and done away with or a different way of?

Not cured: But recovery is possible. It matters greatly what the symptoms are and how the person learns to adapt. Watch the hbo movie "temple grandin" to see her story about how she learned to function in society. Many different treatments work for some people and not for others. Every patient with ASD is unique their treatment should be individualized. ...Read more

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Autism spectrum disorder (Tip)

Find something they are good at and help them develop those skills. They need positive feedback. ...See more

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
Weekly
Join Spec ED Parents Organization
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

A developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more