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Autism Worse In Puberty
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
Autism: Puberty can be thought of as a river being held in check by a dam. Negative or inhibitory impulses hold back puberty from starting early. Any "crack" in the dam can bring on puberty earlier by canceling these inhibitory impulses. Tumors, trauma, seizures, or even neuro chemical imballances may do this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies by person: I have seen kids go both ways. There are some autistic kids who by their early teens are able to be assimilated into regular classrooms becomes they have made so much progress with therapy. I've also seen kids become increasingly aggressive and problematic as they hit puberty. Research shows that early intervention and social and language therapy are key to improved behavior and general health. ...Read more
MORE COMPLICATED: Adhd has its problems, but usually attention, impulsivity and some cognitive issues like learning disabilities and others. Autism involves more difficulty in relatedness with others, thought, emotions, etc. In a sense both are spectrum disorders, though adhd is more easily treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My son is on risperidone for autism and aggressive behavior but his aggression has got significantly worse with each dose increase.Should that happen?
While risperidone : Decreases aggression in many individuals with autism, it can aggravate & increase aggression in some which is considered intolerable. Work with your prescriber to determine if the aggression you now see is from autism & circumstances happening in your son's life or an actual side effect to the risperdione. Keeping a daily log of behavior & situations can assist you & prescriber. Best wishes to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on child: Like all of us, children with autism continue to develop over time both physically and mentally. Puberty can have an especially profound effect--good or bad--both because of increased size and because of emerging cognitive skills. In general, aggressive behaviors grow less as children age into adults, but social interactions and language may actually diminish over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more
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