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What does it mean to be a high-functioning autistic person?

What does it mean to be a high-functioning autistic person?

Varies : Very often that term is used interchangeably with aspergers. In general the biggest area of difficulty for these patients is language and social interactions. There can be difficulty reading and understanding the subtleties of human interactions as it relates to conversation and body language. Interpretation is literal and sarcasm not understood. Sheldon on the big bang theory is good example. ...Read more

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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 typical is it for high functioning autistic adults to live with their parents?

How typical is it for high functioning autistic adults to live with their parents?

Depends : High functioning individuals may still struggle with the skills needed to completely live independently and require additional help. If they do not live in an area that has services for adults this role may completely fall to the parents. If they are fortunate there may be supervised adult housing and vocational training that will lead to increased independence. ...Read more

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How can I help my high functioning autistic sister. She is a 14 year old that isn't very social and my parents don't know how to help her.

How can I help my high functioning autistic sister. She is a 14 year old that isn't very social and my parents don't know how to help her.

Refer to: : Suggest to your parents to ask her pediatrician about referring her to a social skills group or to a therapist who specializes in kids with high-functioning autism or aspergers disorder.. As this diagnosis has become more recognized, more therapists and groups are available. Her school counselor could even help with this. ...Read more

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Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

It's possible that a: Child with autistic spectrum disorder who acquires a large vocabulary but doesn't use it for age-appropriate reciprocal social i communication & has overdeveloped pattern recognition & rote memory is perceived as being precocious in developing preschool skills, while his non-compliance for non-preferred tasks, perseveration in preferred tasks & stereotypies are perceived as personality traits. ...Read more

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My child has high functioning autism but feels an urge to make weird sounds that he can not stop?

My child has high functioning autism but  feels an urge to make weird sounds that he can not stop?

One idea: Asperger's / high function autism can run with Tourette's. I have a physician colleague who has this and is easily managed by a specific medication. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could a child w developmental delay be diagnosed w high functioning autism w ADHD & gdd/asperger all at the same time?

Could a child w developmental delay be diagnosed w high functioning autism w ADHD & gdd/asperger all at the same time?

Poly-dx: While some developmental diagnoses speak to different areas of development (e.g., cognitive delay, social disability like autism) it is unlikely (and in the case of autism and aspergers) or even inappropriate to diagnose all you listed as co-existing. Seek a second opinion from a developmental pediatrician and/or early childhood psychologist. ...Read more

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What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

Exposing or allowing: any child access to illicit drugs, like passive smoking of marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, etc., is Child Abuse. Kids' tox screens can be + for inhalants. Laws require doctors, therapists, school nurses, teachers, etc., to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services. Most kids with ASD tolerate tiny doses of psychotropic meds, but some develop mania, psychosis, stupor, etc. ...Read more

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Which remedy might work in improving an autistic child's functioning?

Which remedy might work in improving an autistic child's functioning?

Combination approach: Consider the combination of a behavioral approach monitored by a behavioral therapist, using cognitive behavioral therapy and medication to relieve the anxiety that often underlies autistic children's behavior. A social pragmatics group would give the child an opportunity to interact with other children in a structured and monitored setting. ...Read more

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What's an effective way to train or discipline autistic child?

What's an effective way to train or discipline autistic child?

Different Strokes...: Each autistic child is so different, that this question needs to be asked of your therapist , in order to design a unique plan for your child. ...Read more

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Is high functioning autism degenerative?

Is high functioning autism degenerative?

Generally not: Individuals with high functioning autism often show improvement over time and have symptoms that overlap with asperger's disorder. ...Read more

Discipline (Definition)

Discipline is a topic that includes recommendations on how to systematically train a person to have good moral behavior, follow important rules, know right from wrong, learn strong work habits, etc... Discipline should be seen ...Read more