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My 1 year old may be showing signs of autism. Is there a test for this?

My 1 year old may be showing signs of autism. Is there a test for this?

Comprehensive eval: While there are some standard ways to assess autism they are best used as part of a comprehensive evaluation of the child. You are very wise to have the child evaluated early because the earlier effective intervention begins the easier it will be. ...Read more

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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My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

Autism: His sleep problem may be due to difficulty unwinding from agitation or from recurrent fears at night. A good bedtime routine, sleep hygiene can help him, find out what soothes him. Physical daytime activities that get him tired at night may help. Work with a child psychiatrist, medications can help with low functioning autism. ...Read more

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4 year old has autism, what can we expect?

4 year old has autism, what can we expect?

Prognosis depends : on degree of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, level of cognition & early response to treatment. Treatment is intensive, repetitive, ongoing educational & behavioral therapy geared at your child's developmental age. Yout resource is on http://here.doh.wa.gov/materials/autism-guidebook/13_AutismGd_E10L.pdf. Take care of yourself. It's a marathon, not a sprint. No parent can do this alone. ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my 2 year old has autism?

What's the best way to know if my 2 year old has autism?

Observation : Because there are no blood tests to test for autism, we rely on behavioral observations. For parents here are a few questions: does your child make eye contact? Will they imitate you? Do they respond to their names? Do they play with a wide variety of toys? Does your child point to show you things? If you answer no to 2 or 3 of these, see your pediatrician and share your concerns. Best! ...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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If i suspect my 1 year old boy has autism, what should I do?

If i suspect my 1 year old boy has autism, what should I do?

See a specialist: I would consider 1st talking to your pediatrician. Who can refer you to local specialists.I would get involved with autism research institute(ari) an excellent clearing house for up to date information .Sidney bakers 360 autism is an internet information source that connects you with a knowledgeable autism community. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me symptoms of autism in a two year old boy?

It varies: Autism is an incredibly complex problem that manifests itself in many ways. If you are looking for a simple answer like you would get for a simpler disease (eg: chicken pox causes fever and rash), then you will be frustrated. There are books on this subject....Big ones. If you are concerned that your child is autistic, you need to see your pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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How could a 4 year old with autism be different to a 4 year old without?

Delayed speech: A 4 year old with autism will have had delayed speech and language. They will also play alone more and not want to interact with others as much as a non-autistic 4 year old will. There are always grey areas so if you think your 4 year old is not developing normally or talking as the should, see your pediatrician as soon as possible. Early intervention is very helpful at that age for your child. ...Read more

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Why doesn't my 3-year-old son with autism answer to his name? He knows his name, hears well, and has quite a bit of speech, so he should be able to.

Common autism trait: One of the hallmarks of autism is the impaired ability to recognize or interact to social cues in the usual way. No one really knows why this happens, but is quite common in autistic children. If possible, a hearing screen can be performed to make sure hearling loss is not a contributing factor. ...Read more

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How can I help my 2-1/2-year-old with suspected autism until he gets approved for services? Is there any intervention i can do on my own while waiting

Autism Intervention: You can learn how to improve the non verbal communication with your child. Please look in the information posted online on this subject, and practice observing the child's responses to your interactions. For example, how is communicating anger, need for affection, hunger, tiredness, etc. And how is expressing relief of tension, pain, or other feelings. Write notes to bring to the evaluation ! ...Read more

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How can I help my 2-1/2-year-old with suspected autism until he gets services? Is there any intervention i can do on my own while we wait for approval

Be proactive : There are many interventions that can be helpful. Some are provided by therapists and some can be undertaken by the parents. While waiting to have services such as speech, ot, pt and behavioral to be put in place look for a provider in your area who understands that additonal interventions may be helpful and can guide you. Check national autism websites for local providers. Be persistent. ...Read more

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What are some signs of autism in a 5 year old girl?

Autism at 5: Doesn’t show a wide range of emotions shows behavioral extremes (unusually aggressive, fearful, sad, shy) is unusually withdrawn and not active in social situations is easily distracted and has trouble focusing on an activity for more than five minutes doesn’t respond to people or responds only superficially can’t tell the difference between real and make believe doesn’t participate in a wide vari. ...Read more

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What to do when school teachers tell your 5 year old has autism?

Speak to your doctor: Do not panic. speak to your pediatrician about your concern. There are behavioral scales that pediatricians can use to diagnose autism. Alternatively, you may get a referral to a psychologist specializing in autism. ...Read more

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Can my school district diagnose my 3 year old with autism?

Maybe: At 3 kids in the us qualify for the "child find" program that seeks to identify kids with developmental problems that would interfere with educational success.Parents can self refer to the special services departments of their local school system to arrange an evaluation. ...Read more

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Im a 21 year old male . What exactly is high functioning autism? Apparently I am disgnosed with it. :( is that a bad thing?

Forget the label: If you are functioning well, then i would simply forget the label. If you heading into difficulties you should seek out psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment just as anyone else would. The label at this point could only be helpful in terms of entitlements, but it sounds like you will not be needing them provided you are able to live independently. It is possible that the label no longer applies. ...Read more

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I have a question about autism with my 4 year old its alot plz email me its easier always lose my comments ryansbabymom.nb@gmail.com?

Healthtap: has a function (at nominal cost ) that will allow you to dialog via your emails. You select the provider that you wish to obtain info from. I would suggest a Developmental specialist, child psychiatrist or child psychologist - or any of the doctors that answer a lot of autism questions on Healthtap. ...Read more

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My 13 year old is having the measles booster jab at 13, will it cause autism?

No: There is no evidence that immunizations cause autistic spectrum disorders; especially at 13 years of age! get the shot if his doctor recommends it! ...Read more

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Why is my 6 year old with autism wetting his pants again after learning not to?

Why is my 6 year old with autism wetting his pants again after learning not to?

Depends: How long has he stayed dry? If he's been continent for at least 6 months, some medical conditions, e.g. Uti, overdrinking, kidney disease, have to be ruled out. ...Read more

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My daughter is a six year old with autism, who is having crying spells everyday lately, is this normal?

No!: Please get your child to see a specialist in autistic disorders right away. These kids are quite special and have an extremely unique way of learning. Music, the arts have been quite helpful in contributing in easing frustration in these very special kids. Please don't delay, sooner the better. ...Read more

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I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?

Meds can help...: ..A lot! 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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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