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What is the best type of pediatric doctor to evaluate for autism?

What is the best type of pediatric doctor to evaluate for autism?

Pediatrician: And if your pediatrician needs help, a specialist in child development or child psychiatrist should be able to evaluate. ...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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Which type of doctor specializes in autism?

Which type of doctor specializes in autism?

Developmental Peds: A developmental and behavioral pediatrician has completed a 3 years pediatrics residency and then goes on to a 3 year fellowship for developmental and behavioral pediatrics. We specialize in working with children with developmental and behavioral issues. Autism is one of our biggest specialties. A child psychiatrist will also see and treat children with autism. Ask your doctor for a referral! ...Read more

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What doctor specializes in children with autism, Down syndrome (with special needs). ?

What doctor specializes in children with autism, Down syndrome (with special needs). ?

Developmental peds: A developmental pediatrician specializes in developmental and behavioral problems in children, including autism, Down Syndrome, ADD and some other issues. If you are looking for a developmental pediatrician in your area, you can ask your general pediatrician for a referral or you can look on the American Academy of Pediatrics website: www.aap.org. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats autism?

What type of doctor treats autism?

An expert in Autism: Behavioral pediatricians & child psychiatrists are the most likely specialists to provide ongoing care; also some child neurologists. More importantly, the md must have much experience & a great commitment to serving autistic patients. Autism is very complex. The md needs an intimate professional longterm relationship w/ the fam & should guide the ed, behav & social interventions as well as meds. ...Read more

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What would be a good way for me to ask my doctor if I have autism?

Clear and politely: And he will most likely proceed to perform a comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluation to rule out this and any other psychiatric conditions; or refer you to a psychiatrist for this. ...Read more

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Does it matter if a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by his doctor?

Does it matter if a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by his doctor?

Mild autism: While mild is better than severe, being on the pdd spectrum still places any child at risk for educational and social challenges. Best to get a good, comprehensive evaluation of the child's strengths and weakness and promote the strengths, but provide support for any weaknesses discovered. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

Sure: Children with asperger's can be extremely bright and high functioning. This might not be readily diagnosed in all cases. ...Read more

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Why can't doctors figure out what causes autism?

There are many known: Causes: > 30 known syndromes, "copy repeat errors" in small bits of dna in certain genes, factors that change the function of certain fetal genes early in pregnancy, (e.g., toxins, viruses & ? Folic Acid levels). Specific atypical white matter development is seen on brain mri's in infants long before they show clinical signs of asd. The ? Is, what triggers the expression of the altered genes. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose babies with autism?

How do doctors diagnose babies with autism?

Observation : I am not sure what age range you mean but the diagnosis is not usually made under the age of three. This does not mean there are not signs that are very suggestive, and that needed therapies should be withheld. There are screening tools that are used and at very young ages may not be as accurate. There are also some children that will improve with therapy and avoid diagnosis. Close followup key. ...Read more

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Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism? I'm starting to believe that myself.

Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism?  I'm starting to believe that myself.

Not researchers, who: Have found that autism, like asthma & diabetes type i, has many genetic "set-ups" or epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes. These impact fetal brain development in ways that allow "triggers" to cause signs of ASD white matter development on MRI at 6 mos. Showed signs of ASD 6-18 mos. Later. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Dr. Chad Rudnick
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Pediatrics (Definition)

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