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My 20 year old autistic daughter does lot of self talking. Any suggestions to stop it?

My 20 year old autistic daughter does lot of self talking.  Any suggestions to stop it?

Why stop it?: This is her way of expressing herself. I would not want to stop her talking. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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How long does it normally take for autistic children to begin talking?

How long does it normally take for autistic children to begin talking?

Highly variable: Some children are only minimally delayed, others never learn to talk. Autism is a highly variable disease. ...Read more

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My eight year old autistic brother talks to inanimate objects. Is this normal?

Talking to objects: Depending on the severity of your brother's autism, he may not relate to people in a social way. It is not uncommon to relate to inanimate objects and imaginary friends. ...Read more

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What exactly is the "autism stare" people keep talking about?

What exactly is the "autism stare" people keep talking about?

Stare not at you: Sometimes kids seem to zone out , stare but not at people, almost as though they are"snowed" . This is felt by some to be the effect of maldigested products of casein &/or gluten that behave like endogenous opiates-but this in controversial. ...Read more

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My autistic nonverbal girl age 7 screams every time my wife and I talk, how do we stop this?

Audiology: Evaluation by an audiologist with expertise in auditory integration therapy will determine if specific therapies addressing abnormal response to sounds would help. She may find certain frequencies of sounds to be painful . ...Read more

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My 7 year autistic son only talks when he wants something . He has very little social skills . Will he ever be able to live independently as adult ?

My 7 year autistic son only talks when he wants something . He has very little social skills . Will he ever be able to live independently as adult ?

Prognosis for kids: With autistic spectrum disorder depends on level of cognition, degree of ASD & early response to therapy. Studies show 14-44% favorable outcomes.(http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3619174/). Having early communication & a full scale iq > 70 (stable from ~ age 7) are favorable. Social/adaptive skills remain. ...Read more

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When do signs of autism first appear? Passed MCHAT but was diagnosis with HFA at 3 years. Other than late talking, other signs didn't appear till 2.8 years.

First two years: Autism is a disorder, first diagnosed by leo kanner in the 1940's characterized by a lack of social and emotinal relatedness, there is no social smiling, no recognition of important people, ie mother. Often they have blank stares. Poor reaction to shange, prefer things to stay the same. Stereotypical and repetitive movements (finger flap) and repetitive vocalizations. Dsm5 may change things. ...Read more

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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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3 years old son not talking yet only 15 single words not autistic understands everything and nothing wrong with his physical activities so inteligent?

Confusing statement: A 3 yo who only uses 15 single words is showing a delay in speech and language development. This can occur apart from other syndromes like autism. The receptive or understood words tend to progress much faster than spoken words. An evaluation by a speech and language professional is indicated so a plan of therapy can begin. This has been routine in the US for at least 4 decades. ...Read more