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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
Is adhd, add and odd forms of autism like aspergers, alway thought they were part of the spectrum?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers