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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)

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


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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

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What is high functioning autism?

Not a diagnosis: The term "high functioning autism" is a term usually referring to individuals who have some but not all symptoms of autism. It is not truly a diagnosis and usually covers a large spectrum of people who do not have autism but have many similar symptoms, such as social awkwardness, a need for extreme structure in their lives and difficulties with reading others' emotional cues. ...Read more

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How common is high functioning autism in the us?

How common is high functioning autism in the us?

Increasing quickly: The number of those diagnosed with autism is now under 1/100 with the majority of those being male and in the category of high functioning. The significant increase over short period of time suggests an environmental influence. This is likely on top of subtle genetic susceptibilities that have not yet been well defined. Genetics will take time to sort out so adjustment to environment are key. ...Read more

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How does on get tested for Asperger's/high functioning autism?

Psych testing: A psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician would be two resources for evaluation of suspected Autism. The iagnosis of 'Asperger' has fallen out of favor and is not included in Autism Spectrum categories. ...Read more

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What's the difference between high-functioning autism and asperger's?

What's the difference between high-functioning autism and asperger's?

Not much: "autistic disorder"will include as, pdd-nos & autism. Kids with as may sound like " little professors, "talk about favorite topics without conversational give-and-take( pragmatics) and without typical use of tempo, pitch & loudness (prosody). Kids with hfa struggle with language, but may quickly figure out how to make something work by seeing & handling it. Both have "normal" full-scale iq, >70. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how high functioning autism and autism differ?

Asperger's : Aspergers is sometimes referred to as high functioning autism. The symptoms are less impairing then for those found with pervasive developmental disorder or full blown autism. They are disorders on a spectrum of severity. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of high functioning autism?

Here are the : Symptoms laid out for you nicely. I have included 2 websites. www.ehow.com/about_4580174_symptoms-high-functioning... Symptoms of high functioning autism. People with autism typically have a delay in speech or social skills, mixed with some behavioral symptoms. Autism.Lovetoknow.Com/high_functioning_autism_symptoms includes: signs of high functioning autism, social characteristics, . ...Read more

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What is the difference between asperger’s disorder and high functioning autism?

What is the difference between asperger’s disorder and high functioning autism?

Probably Not Much: To my knowledge, these are expressions for the same condition. Aspergers is now part of what is called the autistic spectrum, a range of conditions sharing characteristic of autism, but with different levels of severity. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between high functioning autism and regular autism?

What is the main difference between high functioning autism and regular autism?

Hmmm: High functioning is exactly that. Able to achieve in school, get higher education, possibly be self sufficient, attain some social appropriateness. Regular autism is very variable. Severe autism is a tragedy. There are no known genomic or neurologic factors at this time that allow us to distinguish outcomes. Most important is love, behavioral intervention & acceptance. ...Read more

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What is the difference between asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism?

Mostly language: The major difference between ausitm ANS asperger's is early language development--relatively normal in the latter. So-called high-functioning autism typically means average or above iq, which usually implies fairly good language. Even so, language measures typically most distinguish the two. That's why new criteria being considered will lump everything under autism spectrum disorder. ...Read more

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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