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Does Autism Get Worse With Age
Varies by person: I have seen kids go both ways. There are some autistic kids who by their early teens are able to be assimilated into regular classrooms becomes they have made so much progress with therapy. I've also seen kids become increasingly aggressive and problematic as they hit puberty. Research shows that early intervention and social and language therapy are key to improved behavior and general health. ...Read more
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
Possible: Autism and ASD is not age specific and can be diagnosed at an early childhood age at 4-5 if it meets its diagnostic criteria. Since its not a cut and dry situation in most cases, it often requires help with referral to those who specialize in this condition, like psychologists and behavioral specialists. ...Read more
On autism spec, age 29, dad says memory get replaced by false memory often. Recently, mistook my mailbox for another, until landlady corrected me.
I don't see a: Question, but i guess you are wondering if your father's comment is correct. We all distort reality in our minds to varying degrees. Is it more so in people with autism? I don't know because I have never seen the world through their eyes. Even having a grandson with autism, he is too young to state with certainty that his vision of the world is necessarily any more distorted than mine or your dads. ...Read more
I'm 30/f and my partner is 42/m. If i get pregnant this year what is risk of autism or schizophrenia due to age? Anything i can do to minimize risk?
I think your fears: Are based on older research. When very few people were having children later in life the statistics were skewed. Since this has changed i believe the risks of retardation and mental health problems are no longer showing as higher for older couples. Eat healthy foods, exercise. Relax and get good prenatal care. Enjoy your pregnancy and the beginning of becoming a parent! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your PCP first.: Have your pcp refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist to evaluate the autism then go to the social security office and apply for disability. You can get an application on line. You can contact the social security office and get help from their staff on how to fill the appropriate forms. Once the forms are submitted, they will let you you know if he is qualified ...Read more
Yes: Hope should never be lost with this kids, and patience. However, like everyone else, they have a "ceiling" which should not be construed as a barrier to help them reach the closest to their full potential; everybody has limitations and areas of better performance. ...Read more
Yes /NO : Yes it is possible but it is highly unlikely, people with the so called " high functioning autim" may in some cases go diagnosed for a long time, if in doubt seek help, there are centers for this d/o in every major city in the us. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more
Really no upper age: The diagnosis of autism really depends more on when one began to show symptoms. At any age a knowledgeable clinician might recognize relevant symptoms of autism . If the symptoms were present 'in early development' then no matter how old the individual is the diagnosis of autism might apply. The older the individual is the harder it tends to be to get good information about their early life. ...Read more
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