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Do Autistic Children Cry More Than Usual
How to manage crying behavior. My 3 n half yr old autistic son cries a lot. What therapies shud I work on at home.
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
My daughter is a six year old with autism, who is having crying spells everyday lately, is this normal?
No!: Please get your child to see a specialist in autistic disorders right away. These kids are quite special and have an extremely unique way of learning. Music, the arts have been quite helpful in contributing in easing frustration in these very special kids. Please don't delay, sooner the better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a single mutation mthfr common in children with autism? If homocysteine levels are normal, should I be concerned?,
More research needed: The mutation mthfr has been implicated in a variety of psi strip illnesses from schizophrenia to down's syndrome. Homocysteine levels san be normal in autism. At this juncture no one has been able to find the cause of autism much more research is needed.Take mthfr with a grain of salt. There is absolutely no evidence that it can cause autism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not really: Selective mutism implies normal speech and language in certain "safe" settings, and a voluntary resistance to speaking in other "frightening" settings or venues. Autistic children don't speak well because of their neurological deficiency. Some higher functioning autism patients may refuse to speak (in their normal way) in certain settings or with certain people, but this is not mutism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Social Impairment: An " insistence on sameness" is one of the hallmarks, an intense focus on a narrow range of subjects, poor eye contact, preference to be alone rather than to be with friends. A relative lack of empathy and interest in others. It is also not unusual for higher functioning autism or aspergers young adults to excel in business, engineering, science, technology, or even entrepreneurship. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: 1-2% incidence in the US for autism. 6% incidence for the full spectrum of PDD. Check my health tips on PDD. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index.Shtml or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd.Shtml. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Autism incidence: Autism is around 1% of us children today with prevalence of 1 out of 88 live births. About 1 in 100 children in australia is diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) or nearly 250, 000. Here are some websites for more info: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/autism/data.Html http://www.Autismspectrum.Org.Au/a2i1i1l237l113/what-is-autism.Htm. ...Read more
PDD-NOS: The diagnostic and statistical manual iv-text revision defines pervasive developmental disorder as having some, but not all, of the criteria for autism. The dsm-v will combine pdd-nos, asperger's syndrome and autism into autistic disorder, so that all children " on the spectrum" may receive funding and services. Autistic disorders are neurodevelopmental, but still defined as psychiatric disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp i. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always seen: More often i will see low or normal levels of B12 unless there is supplementation. This vitamin has a fairly complicated absorption process and is not efficient in some. If there is gut inflammation or infection or if there is an autoimmune process oral intake is not effective and you have to move to sublingual or injections. B12 works closely with folate (folic acid) and b6 and very often all need to be used. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Teachers screen: kids in PK - elementary school with the Brigance System to obtain age-equivalents in specific abilities for yearly revision of Individual Educational Plans. Child Psychologists & Neuropsychologists use standardized tests of IQ & adaptive skills at age 5 & older to diagnose Intellectual Disability, comorbid in 35-65% of kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder & other tools to define degree of ASD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Both age and behaviors may dictate what testing in necessary. Not all kids with developmental and social problems are autistic and not all autistic spectrum disorders need hours and hours of testing to clinch the diagnosis. Assuming you're talking about a child, start with a pediatrician with expertise in behavioral disorders and follow her/his advice. ...Read more
Breaks the routine: Many autistic people are very comfortable in their routine and like the things the same day after day. Holidays often bring more people, different decor, more noise, different food. These changes can be very hard for the autistic patient to accept. They might with draw to the comfort of their own space or room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks.org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more
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