Top
10
Doctor insights on: Defeat Autism Now Doctors

Share
1

1
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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
599 doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

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


3

3
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

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
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 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

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
Are there doctors with autism disorder? Is it a considered a taboo if they have it?

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

8

8
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

9

9
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

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
500 doctors shared insights

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more