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Can it be no problem to marry a man with autism spectrum disorder?

Can it be no problem to marry a man with autism spectrum disorder?

Sure!: If you don't mind a man who perhaps has a focus on science rather than ball-games. "autism spectrum disorder" is probably asperger's, a mixed blessing that gives intellectual focus plus a weird tendency to be a jerk without meaning to be. By adult life aspies are often productive & happy. Accept if he has zero natural social graces. It's more important to love a partner than understand them. ...Read more

Missed Developmental Milestones (Definition)

We expect babies and children to be able to do certain things by certain ages. We know not every child is the same, and also have to take into account things like prematurity. For instance, most babies are pulling up on furniture and attempting to take a first step around their first birthday. If they get to 15-16 months and aren't doing it, we say that's a delayed ...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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What is the best diet for a pre-schooler with autism spectrum disorder?

What is the best diet for a pre-schooler with autism spectrum disorder?

Healthy.: Autism kids often are very selective about their food choices according to texture, taste, or smell. Try to provide a healthy diet for your spectrum child. Be patient as they work through their food idiosynchrocies. There no dietary treatments that help autism. ...Read more

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Can people with autism spectrum disorder live independently on their own?

Can people with autism spectrum disorder live independently on their own?

Yes: Yes, depending on the indiviual level of functioning, many people with autism can function independantly. Of course there are those at the other end of the scale who will always need some degree of supervision. If you have met 1 person with autism, you have only met one person with autism. Everyone is unique. ...Read more

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If an adult was suspicious that they have an autism spectrum disorder; what's the way to get diagnosed?

If an adult was suspicious that they have an autism spectrum disorder; what's the way to get diagnosed?

See a psychologist.: They will do a complete evaluation, including psycholological testing, which will almost always give the correct answer. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in teens?

Multiple impairments: Autism is a disorder that involves qualitative impairment in several different realms including things such as impaired use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye to eye gaze, , failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level, lack of social reciprocity. Also impairments in communication, restricted repetitive behaviors, etc. Look to dsm4tr for more details. ...Read more

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Can brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

Can brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

No: Head trauma can produce a variety of behavioral and cognitive changes, but there is no association with autism spectrum. ...Read more

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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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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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Can you predict if your child has autism spectrum disorder?

Sometimes: 3 characteristics of normal young babies have been found to be a good screen for autism: 1) baby looks at your face, 2) shared smile at 2 months, 3) frequency of vocalization. If these are not present, a parent should be concerned. ...Read more

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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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My child diagnosed of Autism Spectrum Disorder what should I do?

My child diagnosed of Autism Spectrum Disorder what should I do?

Access Services: Start with your physician and work on a plan to access the local services in your area. I don't know the age of your child, but early intervention services are key. Try your school district, speech and occupational therapy may be necessary. Early intervention with helping your child with social skills training will help! Best of luck and hope this helps! ...Read more

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Who do you go to see if you you have possible autism spectrum disorder?

Who do you go to see if you you have possible autism spectrum disorder?

Your regular doctor: Your regular, primary care physician, such as your family medicine doctor, your pediatrician, your adolescent medicine doctor, or your internist, is the best place to begin. She will be able to begin the evaluation process, answer many of your questions, decide if you need to see specialist such as a developmental pediatrician, a geneticist, a neurologist, a psychiatrist, or a team of experts. ...Read more

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If you had a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. What would you do?

If you had a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. What would you do?

Seek treatment: Early recognition and early intervention are key to the successful management of these young children. They frequently respond to the use of pediatric experienced occupational and speech therapists. As they get to age 3 years the proper school environment is very important. Applied behavior analysis can be very helpful with difficult behaviors. Remeber that their are support groups present to help. ...Read more

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I do not understand the difference between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

Interchangeable: There's no difference between those terms. Spectrum Disorder is simply a newer classification term referring to a family of disorders. The same is implied by saying someone simply has "autism." You are not specifying which behavioral problem they have....just generally saying there is a particular behavior/personality disorder which is recognized with this GROUP of problems. ...Read more

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Is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a bunch of disorders?

Really Both are true: It is called spectrum just because how a person can present can vary greatly. Some cases are mild, some are severe, and the lines are very blurry to tell where one type ends and another begins. Impairments of social functioning is the key hallmark of the ASD spectrum, and some have other issues like communication, speech, learning disabilities, sound or visual sensitivities. ...Read more

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My son was assessed with an autism spectrum disorder by an aprn, what are the next steps?

My son was assessed with an autism spectrum disorder by an aprn, what are the next steps?

Seek assessment: You are off to a good start. Seek confirmation from a developmental pediatrician, child psychiatrist and/or child psychologist. ...Read more

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Can high anxiety levels cause autism spectrum disorder?

NO: Severe anxiety does not cause asd. However, children with very severe anxiety disorders can be miss diagnosed as asd! Additionally, patient's with ASD can be very anxious! ...Read more

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Woud you please discuss the clinical aspects of autism spectrum disorder?

Many signs: Autistic spectrum disorder or ASD is notable in many signs: failure to interact with the world around; repetitive hand or body movements; delayed speech, sometimes with echolalia -- repetitive speech patterns. Most ASD can be noted by about 12-18 months of age. Developmental eval by pediatrician or ped neurologist can be helpful. There is another form in which development regresses. ...Read more

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Does mitochondrial dysfunction cause some sort of autism spectrum disorder?

Does mitochondrial dysfunction cause some sort of autism spectrum disorder?

Maternally derived: Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.Muscle weakness occurs in all;blindness, & deafness in some. A progressive neurological disorder with developmental regression with or without autistic behaviors occurs in some types. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected. ...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


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