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Doctor insights on: Beyond Boundaries Of Autism

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Are relationships necessary for the development of human social behavior?

Are relationships necessary for the development of human social behavior?

Yes: We learn constantly by the environment and by those around us. Without relationships , we would not learn how our actions affect others. It is critical that infants and children have strong, stable relationships with consistent caregivers to promote normal social interactions. ...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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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read more

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Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Some can: It depends on the level of the child's functioning, whether there is co-existing intellectual disability and whether the family qualifies financially. You can apply for ssi and katie beckett at the same time. If you are denied ssi for financial reasons, the federally -funded katie beckett program is based on the other two factors. The level of impairment is more stringent. ...Read more

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What coping skills are required of those close to the victim of a borderline personality disorder?

What coping skills are required of those close to the victim of a borderline personality disorder?

Gentleness: Those with bpd, despite their emotional problems, are actually often better than average at noticing subtle levels of emotion. Therefore take a deep breath and help get them more comfortable by you dialing down your emotions both the positive and negative. Makes it easier for all involved in the long run! ...Read more

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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks.org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Asperger disorder and autism in terms of intense interest in subjects?

IQ & language: Many studies have shown that the main difference between autism and asperger's disorder is overall intelligence and functional language. Matched for iq, there are few differences, which is why the next diagnostic manual proposes to do away with the distinction. Intense interest in a narrow topic can and does occur with both disorders but probably more commonly with asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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What are the impacts of chemotherapy of the following factor : economic, social, cultural, environmental?

What are the impacts of chemotherapy of the following factor : economic, social, cultural, environmental?

Chemotherapy : Each of those questions questions is bet answered in a review article or dissertation not in 400 characters or less. ...Read more

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Once a child has traits of antisocial personality disorder, is there any hope of reversing the traits?

Once a child has traits of antisocial personality disorder, is there any hope of reversing the traits?

YES: Child learns from example. People around him should show love, respect, friendliness , kindness and other positive behavior for him to follow.Soon he will realize the negative attitude he is showing and later grow up to a responsible loving person. Thank god! ...Read more

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Is it possible that divorced parents at the age of 10 spark fear of abandonment?

Is it possible that divorced parents at the age of 10 spark fear of abandonment?

Divorce: It is certainly possible, try to follow your child's behavior to make sure he or she is not developing anxiety, make sure your child knows that he or she will be loved regardless, also family therapy can be very helpful in helping a child manage a divorcee successfully. Best. ...Read more

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What's the difference between autism and mental retardation other than socioeconomic status?

What's the difference between autism and mental retardation other than socioeconomic status?

Autism vs MR: Mr is a reflection of compromised intellectual skills which can be measured and categorized. I may also be seen in any medical, physical and psychological states. Autism, by contrast, is a psychological/biological psychological characterized by an inability to form relationships and relate. To the outside world. Autism means "preoccupation with the self". It may or may not effect intellect. ...Read more

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What are the cultural and social impacts of a few measles outbreaks?

What are the cultural and social impacts of a few measles outbreaks?

Vaccination: I’d be far more worried about the medical impact! however, any measles outbreak is evidence of inadequate vaccination in the community, something we’re seeing way too much of in our own country due to the growing trend of vaccine refusal by parents. My hope is that the cultural and social impact of a measles outbreak would be education and legislation focused on preventing death through universal. ...Read more

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How come the diagosis of autism spectrum disorders sort of swallowed up all the disabled children?

How come the diagosis of autism spectrum disorders sort of swallowed up all the disabled children?

It hasn't.: There are lots of disabilities other than autism spectrum disorders. The reason why it seems that autism diagnoses are more common is that we have learned that autism is not just the severe form (like rain man), but includes a whole spectrum, ranging from severe down to very mild (like asperger's syndrome). ...Read more

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What's the difference between inattention in ADHD (short attention span) and spacing out?

What's the difference between inattention in ADHD (short attention span) and spacing out?

Quite similar: The attentional problems with adhd are of two broad types: inattention and distractiibility. Inattention is trouble staying focused on a topic, even with the best of intentions, and "spacing out" can be a manifestation of that. Distractibility has to do with being unable to a new element in the environment when one needs to stay focused on something else, jumping from one activity to another. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more