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Is my toddler losing balance linked to autism?

Is my toddler losing balance linked to autism?

Not necessarily: Refined cruising, walking and running are part of the progression to normal motor skills of kids.The early toddler period is marked by occasional falls as the kid tries to master the new skills. Autistic children may have problems in movement and balance like other kids but it is not a defining feature. ...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


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If my toddler won't potty train or talk, could he have autism?

If my toddler won't potty train or talk, could he have autism?

Depends on age: Children vary a lot in when they develop these skills. Many toddlers don't do either for a long time. If the child is emotionally relating to you it probably is not autism but you should review his or her development with you pediatrician if you are worried. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a child with autism?

What are the signs and symptoms of a child with autism?

Core symptoms &: observable behaviors in a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder are qualitative impairments in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + stereotyped, repetitive movements &/or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Behaviors are compared to norms for the child's chronological & developmental ages. See firstsigns.org for the M-CHAT, age 16 mos.-4 yrs. & autismspeaks.org for specifics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism for a three year old child?

What are the symptoms of autism for a three year old child?

An autistic child: will show impaired social interaction,delayed language skills and repetitive and restrictive behaviors.There are varying degrees in different children.A three year old might have decreased eye contact with others,delay in speech &repetitive movements.However, having these signs/symptoms doesn't make the diagnosis.If you are concerned about your child,please discuss with his doctor. ...Read more

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What are the more subtle symptoms of autism in a small child?

What are the more subtle symptoms of autism in a small child?

Interaction: A very young child will just not be as interactive and vocal as would be expected, may not make as much eye contact, and may be more fascinated by or attached to an object than would be usual, though not to the extent seen in children who are more affected. ...Read more

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My child has symptoms similar to those associated with autism, but it is something else?

My child has symptoms similar to those associated with autism, but it is something else?

Absolutely: There are a number of disorders that can superficially look like autism, especially in young children. These include language disorders, something called stereotypic movement disorder, simple shyness, intellectual disability (mental retardation), and deafness, to name a few. It can even include children who are developing perfectly normally, just at a different pace than others expect. ...Read more

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If school says child has autism spectrum symptoms, what happens next?

If school says child has autism spectrum symptoms, what happens next?

Second opinion: A school should not diagnose autism. They may suggest that a formal evaluation be done by a qualified professional who could make an accurate assessment of your child. Then a referral for applied behavioral analysis could be provided. They could work with your school to provide the best setting for optimal outcome. ...Read more

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How do you get a child tested for autism if everyone, including doctor's refuse? My child has the signs and symptoms.

How do you get a child tested for autism if everyone, including doctor's refuse? My child has the signs and symptoms.

Get another doctor!!: Your concerns must be addressed; to be dismissed by your doctor is concerning. Your child should be appropriately tested and a referral to a specialist is warranted. Persevere, early treatment can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

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 more

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What are the specific symptoms of autism?

What are the specific symptoms of autism?

Social Impairment: Autism spectrum disorder is a brain based developmental disorder that is characterized by an individual who has significant trouble with social functioning. They may have language impairments and frequently have difficulty with reading social cues. They tend to think very concretely in many ways. They can have a variety of behavioral difficulties from aggression to adhd. ...Read more

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Expalin the process of having a child evaluated for autism?

Expalin the process of having a child evaluated for autism?

Pediatricians screen: For autistic spectrum disorder (see firstsigns.Org) & refer kids with + screens to a specialty team with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, child (neuro)psychologist, speech/language therapist, occupational therapist. Et al. At the same time, the state health division's early intervention program (birth-3) or the local public school district's child find team (3-5) assess & enroll in therapy. ...Read more

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Could you ever have all symptoms of autism and not have autism?

Not likely : Who has decided that all the symptoms are present but yet not made the diagnosis? A medical provider needs to be involved in this process . There are standard guidelines for making the diagnosis based on observed and reported behaviors and delays and is usually diagnosed at young age. Individuals with classic aspergers could get missed and not diagnosed till older. Need professional evaluation. ...Read more

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Is synesthesia a symptom of autism?

No: Synesthesia--the cross-over of one sense to another (touch to visual, e.g.) has been reported to be possibly more prevalent in high-functioning individuals with autism. However, there is no evidence to suggest that it is an underlying cause of autism itself. It may help to "explain" some savant abilities, although that remains to be seen. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism in teens?

What are the symptoms of autism in teens?

See below: Teens would generally exhibit: difficulty with communication; impairments in social skills & understanding how to engage & interact with others; and unusual behaviors and interests. There is a wide variability of impact on everyday functioning. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Aspergers and autism?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for people who have qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocity + stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. ASD level 1 is diagnosed if a person with impaired Theory of Mind, face recognition, social reciprocity & social communication who has cognitive, adaptive & many areas of language skills in the normal range. ...Read more

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How dose autism affect a child going to school ?

How dose autism affect a child going to school ?

Various factors: Children >2 yrs. Old with autism are evaluated through the school district by a multidisciplinary team assessment for levels of development & degree of autism. Then parents & educators make an individual educational plan, placing the child in the least restrictive setting + needed supports. Many kids who start in a pre-k "autism classroom" progress to " regular ed" class + supports after kg. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a teenager with autism?

Autism: Autism among teenagers are manifested by a withdrawn personality, unfriendly, shy with low self esteem, problem with communications, some are mentally retarded with repeatative movements. Most common is asperger symdrome. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of autism and asperger?

Varies: Can be mild to severe.They develop normally and suddenly lose their social/language skills, unusual behaviors, odd repetitive movements-hand wringing, finger twisting, unusual preoccupation, generally do not make friends easily , may seem clumsy or awkward.Some are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area eg music or math. ...Read more

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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