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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

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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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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Why can't doctors figure out what causes autism?

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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What do doctors do to diagnose someone with autism?

History and exam: Lots of questions, interacting with the child, thorough developmental history. Some places have a whole day evaluation process. ...Read more

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Doctors say my little cousin has autism. How can I tell?

Most common features: By 18-24 months, children should: -point at what interests them; -look where parent points; -pretend-help with house work; -play with toys appropriately (pretend cars, dolls, etc are real) -maintain eye contact absence of these, or presence of abnormal repetitive behaviors such as rocking or flapping, raise suspicion of autism. ...Read more

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For what reasons don't doctors diagnose autism before age 3?

Sometimes they do.: It should be able to be recognized by age 3, but if symptoms are less noticeable, and iq is high, the diagnosis may not always be determined by age 3. In some cases the diagnosis is quite obvious to an experienced clinician by age 2. Feel free to seek a second opinion. Don't let the lack of a diagnose keep you from getting your child help. Speech/occupational therapy services can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Are there doctors with autism disorder? Is it a considered a taboo if they have it?

Yes and no: Yes, there are doctors with mild Autism Spectrum Disorders. Some of them are very brilliant and skilled and usually nobody knows about their diagnosis. I wouldn't say its taboo in the medical profession. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Doctors! what actions do you think might decrease the cases of new (non-familial) autism?

A few things are : Known to ? risk of a woman's having a child with ASD if they're done prior to conception: taking a daily folate (folic acid) supplement, having a flu vaccine ( if not, having a flu shot the 2nd trimester), checking immunity to rubella, avoiding alcohol, tobacco & drugs, checking safety of prescribed meds, herbs & supplements, weight reduction if obese, & good prenatal care to avoid pre-term delivery. ...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