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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...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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Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Not always: Autism is a categorical diagnosis based on observable behaviors. Genetic tests are part of medical evaluation, as are thorough physical & neurological exams. We examine & measure head size (often large) facial features, & other body parts for dysmorphism (unusual appearance) & use a woods lamp to see abnormal skin pigmentation.. Over 30 known syndromes cause autism & intellectual disability. ...Read more

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Which symptoms do autistic children have, say at the age of 2?

Which symptoms do autistic children have, say at the age of 2?

The M-CHAT screen : (firstsigns.Org) captures qualitative impairments in social reciprocity: joint attention, gaze monitoring, pointing at items to share interest. Atypical social communication may be absent language, words mixed with bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") or deviant (saying the alphabet before "mama, dada, & bye-bye). Stereotypies, repetitive non-functional movements, may be hard to spot before 3. ...Read more

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What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

It's common: While i don't have a specific percentage, it's pretty common, and most of the kids i see have a sleep disorder of some sort. Sometimes it's difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, winding down, or having a correct day/night cycle. There are medications that can help, but consult with your pediatrician and / or a sleep expert to get a specific regimen. ...Read more

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What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

Watch the child: Red flags: lack of or regression of language development, lack of pointing to objects, lack of eye contact, doesn't play with toys in a 'typical fashion'. More obsessed with the parts of toys (eg wheels) than the toy itself. Intense interest in certain objects. Repetative movements, toe walking, lack or normal bowel movements (either too loose or too hard, or alternating). None for sure, . ...Read more

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Why do siblings have different rates of acquiring language skills?

Why do siblings have different rates of acquiring language skills?

Siblings differ: Siblings differ in language skills just as they differ in sports skills and academic skills. We share only about 50% of ouor genes with our siblings, unless we are indentical twins. But even identical twins show individual variations, like differences in finger prints and preferences for certain activiites. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

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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When are the new autism criteria coming out? Do autistic kids have to be re-diagnosed?

When are the new autism criteria coming out? Do autistic kids have to be re-diagnosed?

May 2013: The new DSM5 came out in May 2013 . No your child does not have to be re diagnosed. Continue with his therapies, pediatrician and or developmental pediatrician's visits and or psychologist/psychiatrist care. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

Autism in adults: Adults have difficulty maintaining work or social relations ships as they cannot stay focused. Some jos that involve no interpersonal skills are greatly performed. ...Read more

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What are autism and ADHD affected infants?

What are autism and ADHD affected infants?

Differences: I would look at the primary symptoms of social connection/disconnection. Autistic children are more difficulty to engage, establish eye contact, follow faces, learn familiar faces, and often don't coo or babble with their care givers. Adhd infants are usually quite social and interactive with their caregivers. In fact, because we give them so much attention, they may not even seem inattentive. ...Read more

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Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Sek referral to the : Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Evaluation+Services+Child+Development+Unit. The Autism team is affiliated with Autism Speaks: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/autism. They will help you with all aspects of evaluation, treatment & family support services. ...Read more

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Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity? .

Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity? 

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1) No. 2) Yes: Adhd-primarily inattentive type (ia) replaced add as a diagnosis when research showed that the underlying neurobiological & neurochemical bases were the same as for adhd-combined type, which has significant symptoms of both inattention & hyperactivity/impulsivity.Adhd-ia is the most common type but c (or h/i in preschoolers) is more commonly referred. Ia is related to academic difficulties. ...Read more

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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read more

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What percentage of individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome get married? Who do they marry?

Unknown: As far as i'm aware, those statistics are not known. The percentage for autism would be much lower than for both asperger's and for the general population. I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage for asperger's was similar or only slightly lower than the general population. ...Read more

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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

Statistics: Its a way of rephrasing the statistics. The cdc states 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism by age 8. ...Read more

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Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Run the gamut: Autism spectrum disorders run the gamut from from retardation in classic autism to normal intelligence with poor social interaction. ...Read more

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Is there a whole range of aspergers types? I've met 3 people with aspergers and they are not alike.

Is there a whole range of aspergers types?  I've met 3 people with aspergers and they are not alike.

Not really: The core issues of asperger's disorder are the same, and there are no subtypes, at least with current diagnosis. However, just as there many variations of people with no disorder, those with ad can be quite different in terms of severity of symptoms, overall intelligence, specific interests, and awareness of their difficulties and efforts they make to overcome them. ...Read more

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and asperger's are very similar, don't you think that ADHD could be a variant of the autism spectrum?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder  and asperger's are very similar, don't you think that ADHD could be a variant of the autism spectrum?

No I do not: Adhd and asperger/autism spectrum disorders are distinctively different. Adhd is a disruptive behavior disorder with few problems with socialuzation at it's core. Asds have a great deal to do with a person being socially perplexed. It is possible to have one or the other or both. Also, the treatments for adhd in terms of medications do not help much with the social impairments seen in the asds. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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