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Is autism transmitted?

Is autism transmitted?

Its not contagious,: if that's what you mean. There are genetic links that run in families, so in that sense there is greater likelihood of ending up with autism or something related if one or more of your biological parents have it. But, genetics is very far away from being able to predict what child will get it, given the parent's symptoms. If this is your concern, find a genetic counselor for the latest... ...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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Is autism misunderstood?

Is autism misunderstood?

By some yes,: Autism can present so many different levels of severity. Impaired social skills, impaired communication, impaired relationships can present in different degrees in different people. From my perspective, some with partial symptoms, not enough for a formal diagnosis, still can benefit from treatment to improve. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

What is an "autism stare"?

Failure to: make eye contact. Gaze avoidance. A blank look on one's face, not visually interacting. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

Uncomfortable gaze: Kids with autism are uncomfortable with eye contact. They can learn in therapy to make eye contact and often what happens is they can develop a trained "stare" in which they are trying to make eye contact (which is terribly innately uncomfortable for them) and they end up " over doing it" so to speak. I think this is what you are referring to. ...Read more

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What are the cause of autism?

What are the cause of autism?

Not Yet: We know from results of massive amounts of research that immunizations are not the cause.As yet, there are many theories , but nothing remotely proven. ...Read more

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How to know if I have autism?

I doubt it: Chances are, if you are writing FOR YOURSELF right now. You do NOT have autism. An autistic person wouldn't care enough about it nor be understanding of the vast outside world enough to write the question and ask the internet. Hope that helped. Be well : ) ...Read more

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What are some signs of autism?

What are some signs of autism?

Lack of social skill: Autism usually presents with a delay in language skills and lack of social skills. Watch for eye contact which should be present but often is not in autism. They frequently do not respond to their name and often have repetitive and unusual behaviors. ...Read more

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How to know if you have autism?

How to know if you have autism?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand THAT other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely than just social anxiety or other issues. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism?

What are the symptoms of autism?

ASD: Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013 , it is called autism spectrum disorder.Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas. Social interaction communication(verbal and nonverbal) behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have autism?

Why do you ask?: And why not ask instead, "How can I be happy and productive, finding love and meaning, whoever I may be? How can I use my unique combination of skills and personality traits to build a good life for myself? Can I learn to understand people better, talk to them more easily, and perhaps find more satisfying relationships? If I focus really well on academics, how can I excel?" ...Read more

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What medicines are used for autism?

See below:: Anxiety and depression: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri's) for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Antipsychotic meds (thioridazine, fluphenazine, chlorpromazine, haloperidol) & atypical antipsychotics (zyprexia/risperidone) to treat severe behavioral problems. Anticonvulsants;stimulants;antidepressants, naltrexone, lithium, & benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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Is it know what way is autism inherited?

No: There are many types of autism presentations as well as inheritance. For some indiv there are actually identified genetic abn(pku untreated is autism), some inheritance is of genetics for abnormal enzyme function, (poor digestion of certain proteins)for many at most a vulnerability is inherited. ...Read more

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What statements about autism is coorect ?

What statements about autism is coorect ?

Autism : Autism , is a condition that children are born with . There are three major areas of impairment.:communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors or interests. Every individual is affected differently. The autism speaks website has good basic information explaining what to look for if you suspect autism. ...Read more

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Could everyone have some degree of autism?

No: While everyone may have a symptom that is used to classify and diagnose autism, true autism is a constellation of a number of these symptoms in different areas. For instance, excessive thirst can be a symptom of diabetes, but not everyone who has the symptom of excessive thirst has diabetes.Similarly, "one" symptom or quirky behavior or social awkwardness or speech delay alone does not autism make. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of autism in baby?

What are the first signs of autism in baby?

In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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What are the earliest signs of autism in a child?

What are the earliest signs of autism in a child?

Some early signs are: decreased eye-to-face gaze at any time & ABSENCE OF social smile by 2 mos., reciprocal gooing & cooing by 4 mos., raising arms to be picked up & babbling @ 6 mos., imitating " pat-a-cake", etc. & consistent turning to name @ 9 mos., responsive wave "bye" @ 10 mos., & pointing with index finger for wants @ 12 mos. Having bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") is also a clue. See firstsigns.org. ...Read more

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Please advise me. What do you think causes autism?

Please advise me. What do you think causes autism?

Autism: Truth is we do not know what causes autism. As time goes on pervasive developmental disorder is a spectrum of disorder ranging from mild to what we traditionally thought of as autistic children. The rise in incidence maybe some factor or may simple be our increasing awareness of it. ...Read more

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How to know what is autism and the leads to of it?

Developmental dis. : It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes. ...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