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Aspergers signs? Son 7 was tested for dyslexia at scottish rite and research has lead me to aspergers. Repetative behaviors, rigid thinking, few frien

Aspergers signs? Son 7 was tested for dyslexia at scottish rite and research has lead me to aspergers. Repetative behaviors, rigid thinking, few frien

To find out if it is: You & his teacher can fill out the australian scale for aspergers in children for your pediatrician ( see tony attwood & o.A.S.I.S.Org, ) but it's not specific for asperger's. He needs evaluations by a neuropsychologist, developmental/behavioral pediatrician, et al in a specialty clinic to diagnose an autistic disorder. They'll need all reports from doctors, schools, slt & extensive history. ...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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I don't know how to study.Was a bright student, now college dropout, thinking of suicide, don't believe in my methods of studying, whome to visit for cure.

I don't know how to study.Was a bright student, now college dropout, thinking of suicide, don't believe in my methods of studying, whome to visit for cure.

Learning specialist: Dr. Heidi's advice is good. There are specific techniques that you need to master to be successful at studying in college. If you don't pick these up along the way, you'll get into a cycle of academic failure, declining self esteem, the wrong kinds of thoughts and moods, and eventually failure. If the depression has roots elsewhere, these must be addressed as well. ...Read more

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We know nothing about child psychiatry wards?

We know nothing about child psychiatry wards?

Visit Programs: If you are in need of psychiatric hospitalization, the fist thing to do is to have a talk with your child´s psychiatrist about different options and where he feels comfortable taking care of your child. You can visit the different hospitals and inquire about their structure and programs as well. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Yes: premature infants are at risk for learning disabilities. Many academic programs have follow up programs which include developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and developmental psychologists, who can evaluate and help manage former premies who have learning problems. ...Read more

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My daughter is 24 never diagnosed with ADHD and now wants to take aderol. Is this dangerous? College graduate 3.24 gpa high school honor roll never any problems with teachers or coaches. I believe she took aderol in college and liked the way it made her

My daughter is 24 never diagnosed with ADHD and now wants to take aderol. Is this dangerous? College graduate 3.24 gpa high school honor roll never any problems with teachers or coaches.  I believe she took aderol in college and liked the way it made her

C A U T I O N !: In a recent position paper from the american academy of neurology cautioned against the prescription of "cognitive enhancing agents" [medications 2 sharpen thinking/attention/memory] in "typical" healthy students. Read summary here: http://bit.Ly/16niytn. ...Read more

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My 5 yo son diagnosed with autism still mumbles sylablles that we can't understand.Speech theraphy once a week here philpines expensive what can I do?

My 5 yo son diagnosed with autism still mumbles sylablles that we can't understand.Speech theraphy once a week here philpines expensive what can I do?

Special Education : Are special education services for children with autism available?These include speech/language & occupational therapy as well as behavioral therapy. Ask his slt if he has joint attention, the ability to share interest in an object or event with another person, as this precedes social communication. Whether he uses asl, pecs, language or an ipad app, insist that he tell you what he wants. ...Read more

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Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism? I'm starting to believe that myself.

Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism?  I'm starting to believe that myself.

Not researchers, who: Have found that autism, like asthma & diabetes type i, has many genetic "set-ups" or epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes. These impact fetal brain development in ways that allow "triggers" to cause signs of ASD white matter development on MRI at 6 mos. Showed signs of ASD 6-18 mos. Later. ...Read more

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How to get child into private school without public school help, using my rights as parent because l believe my child has medica Issues, misdiagnosed?

How to get child into private school without public school help, using my rights as parent because l believe my child has medica Issues, misdiagnosed?

Odd idea: You get into a private school by paying for the service, not making demands of the public system. Private schools are also not required to make any accommodations for kids with special needs, be they learning or medical.Public schools are required to make these accommodations.You need to meet with a representative of your local special services department and explore your available options. ...Read more

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How do you stop echolalia. My child has PDD & is very sad to hear him repeat everything?

How do you stop echolalia.  My child has PDD & is very sad to hear him repeat everything?

It is not easy: Behavior modification using rewards can help extinguish behavior. A strategy to substitute an acceptable behavior may work. Physical reminders, like wearing a rubber band on the wrist and snapping it when repetition starts can serve as a reminder to stop. Learning to mouth words rather than speaking them may be a step. Consult an autism behavior specialist to design an individualized plan. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder(bpd), but my parents refuses to believe it, what to do?

I've been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder(bpd), but my parents refuses to believe it, what to do?

Education is the: Education is the best teach, things such as brochures, and any other information on the subjest is a good way of explaing your condition. Even support groups and therapist education on the subject can help greatly. ...Read more

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Read article today saying courts have confirmed MMR and autism link. My son is getting ready to get his 1 year shots! what do I do? Help!

Read article today saying courts have confirmed MMR and autism link. My son is getting ready to get his 1 year shots! what do I do? Help!

There is no link: There has not been a study that has passed muster with the medical comminity that has linked MMR or any other immunization with the develoopment of Autism. At best it an urban myth. those who claim a link are preying on families desterate to find a cuase of their child's autism. do not fear having your child immunized. ...Read more

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Did you hear about autism parents flocking to colorado for cannibis oil to treat their children having seziures?

Did you hear about autism parents flocking to colorado for cannibis oil to treat their children having seziures?

Although studies on : efficacy & safety have barely begun, parents of children with intractable epilepsy, with or without Autism, have purchased CBD oil in Colorado. Since medical marijuana is now legal in Nevada, affected families don't have to leave home. My hometown has always promoted cohort situational behaviors in visitors, leaving the visitors feeling slightly naughty & happy & us with no state income tax. ...Read more

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Many people who are deaf exist in Romania and I was wondering: do ENT doctors use sign language (impossible for me to understand) to comunicate with?

Many people who are deaf exist in Romania and I was wondering: do ENT doctors use sign language (impossible for me to understand) to comunicate with?

Deafness: Today there is little need for sign language with so many wonderful hearing aids, amplifiers, audio devices. The simplest cell phones can be converted to amplify sound. Many used hearing aids are available through agencies. It is important to use these so you can enjoy social contact. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms in adults for dyslexia? I have adhd, i cont focus, i can't memorize names, i add letters to words, &i flip numbers around in phone #s

What are the symptoms in adults for dyslexia? I have adhd, i cont focus, i can't memorize names, i add letters to words, &i flip numbers around in phone #s

Dyslexia is a brain-: Based learning disability. Over 90% of the time, the cause is inability to process the smallest units of sound in a language, called phonemes. The roots of your difficulties with encoding words & numbers, attention & memory can be found with evaluation by a neuropsychologist or psychologist. Knowing how your brain works lets you learn how to maximize your strengths & minimize your weaknesses. ...Read more

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I've 3 specialists i've seen for many years. I changed 2 hmo &asked my pcp for referrals-in network-she seemed2try to deny/delay them. Is that right?

I've 3 specialists i've seen for many years. I changed 2 hmo &asked my pcp for referrals-in network-she seemed2try to deny/delay them. Is that right?

Health care: Sorry for the struggle in getting to the right docs and for the delay in getting a response here. Sounds like you have insurance, which is great. The downside is that it can get complicated to get approval to go beyond your pcp. She is very likely doing all she can to get you help but you need to keep at it even though discouraged. Look up docs and make calls yourself then ask your pcp again. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old if i go to the doctor now at 19 would they still have it on my record?

I was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old if i go to the doctor now at 19 would they still have it on my record?

Maybe,maybe not: This somewhat depends on the extent of the record. Sometimes such labels are used in early childhood and are found not to fit well when the kid is older.If so, the early label becomes part of the history. Someone found to be developmentally delayed at 3 may catch up by their teens and the label would obviously not apply. Such is the problem with observational diagnoses. ...Read more

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Why can't doctors figure out what causes autism?

Why can't doctors figure out what causes autism?

There are many known: Causes: > 30 known syndromes, "copy repeat errors" in small bits of dna in certain genes, factors that change the function of certain fetal genes early in pregnancy, (e.g., toxins, viruses & ? Folic Acid levels). Specific atypical white matter development is seen on brain mri's in infants long before they show clinical signs of asd. The ? Is, what triggers the expression of the altered genes. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to diagnose someone with autism?

History and exam: Lots of questions, interacting with the child, thorough developmental history. Some places have a whole day evaluation process. ...Read more

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Doctors say my little cousin has autism. How can I tell?

Most common features: By 18-24 months, children should: -point at what interests them; -look where parent points; -pretend-help with house work; -play with toys appropriately (pretend cars, dolls, etc are real) -maintain eye contact absence of these, or presence of abnormal repetitive behaviors such as rocking or flapping, raise suspicion of autism. ...Read more

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For what reasons don't doctors diagnose autism before age 3?

Sometimes they do.: It should be able to be recognized by age 3, but if symptoms are less noticeable, and iq is high, the diagnosis may not always be determined by age 3. In some cases the diagnosis is quite obvious to an experienced clinician by age 2. Feel free to seek a second opinion. Don't let the lack of a diagnose keep you from getting your child help. Speech/occupational therapy services can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Are there doctors with autism disorder? Is it a considered a taboo if they have it?

Yes and no: Yes, there are doctors with mild Autism Spectrum Disorders. Some of them are very brilliant and skilled and usually nobody knows about their diagnosis. I wouldn't say its taboo in the medical profession. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Doctors! what actions do you think might decrease the cases of new (non-familial) autism?

Doctors! what actions do you think might decrease the cases of new (non-familial) autism?

A few things are : Known to ? risk of a woman's having a child with ASD if they're done prior to conception: taking a daily folate (folic acid) supplement, having a flu vaccine ( if not, having a flu shot the 2nd trimester), checking immunity to rubella, avoiding alcohol, tobacco & drugs, checking safety of prescribed meds, herbs & supplements, weight reduction if obese, & good prenatal care to avoid pre-term delivery. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor specializes in autism?

Developmental Peds: A developmental and behavioral pediatrician has completed a 3 years pediatrics residency and then goes on to a 3 year fellowship for developmental and behavioral pediatrics. We specialize in working with children with developmental and behavioral issues. Autism is one of our biggest specialties. A child psychiatrist will also see and treat children with autism. Ask your doctor for a referral! ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose babies with autism?

How do doctors diagnose babies with autism?

Observation : I am not sure what age range you mean but the diagnosis is not usually made under the age of three. This does not mean there are not signs that are very suggestive, and that needed therapies should be withheld. There are screening tools that are used and at very young ages may not be as accurate. There are also some children that will improve with therapy and avoid diagnosis. Close followup key. ...Read more

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Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism? I'm starting to believe that myself.

Not researchers, who: Have found that autism, like asthma & diabetes type i, has many genetic "set-ups" or epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes. These impact fetal brain development in ways that allow "triggers" to cause signs of ASD white matter development on MRI at 6 mos. Showed signs of ASD 6-18 mos. Later. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats autism?

What type of doctor treats autism?

An expert in Autism: Behavioral pediatricians & child psychiatrists are the most likely specialists to provide ongoing care; also some child neurologists. More importantly, the md must have much experience & a great commitment to serving autistic patients. Autism is very complex. The md needs an intimate professional longterm relationship w/ the fam & should guide the ed, behav & social interventions as well as meds. ...Read more

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What would be a good way for me to ask my doctor if I have autism?

Clear and politely: And he will most likely proceed to perform a comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluation to rule out this and any other psychiatric conditions; or refer you to a psychiatrist for this. ...Read more

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What is an autism doctor called?

Confusing question: There are few if any doctors that only deal with autism. Within the treating universe for this condition are primary care docs, pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, speech pathologists, applied behavior analysts, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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Does it matter if a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by his doctor?

Does it matter if a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by his doctor?

Mild autism: While mild is better than severe, being on the pdd spectrum still places any child at risk for educational and social challenges. Best to get a good, comprehensive evaluation of the child's strengths and weakness and promote the strengths, but provide support for any weaknesses discovered. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

Sure: Children with asperger's can be extremely bright and high functioning. This might not be readily diagnosed in all cases. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a doctor who treats autism called?

Several: Those who treat people with autism include Pediatric and adult neurologists, child and adult psychiatrists and behavioral psychologists. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does my autism spectrum test score mean?

See psychiatrist: You should see a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who can take a thorough history and interpret the test and your score. Trying to interpret the score without getting to know your history who you are, is an inexact approach. ...Read more

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How can a doctor know if a child has autism or mental impairment?

How can a doctor know if a child has  autism or mental impairment?

See below: The distinction maybe hard to determine. However a good history and some screening tests will aid in the diagnosis. Plus observation is a very strong tool. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have adhd, or autism, or none of the above?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have adhd, or autism, or none of the above?

Neurodevelopmental: Disorders (A) present with symptoms in childhood (B) cause the person who has them harmful dysfunction in academics, behavior &/or peer interaction & (C) cause functional impairment in at least 2 settings, like home & work or home & school. If these criteria fit, ask your family of origin for childhood history & seek a referral from your doctor for evaluation by mental health professionals. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
644 doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

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