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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
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
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 3 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
Numbers vs real life: Some people have a theory that toxins in the environment may be one of the causes of autism. The word toxins refers to substances that are increased in our world due to our modern, industrialized society. That means all the things that we use, or that are used to produce the goods we have, can be the toxins in our environment. There are too many chemicals or substances to count. ...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
Autism test: There are a few tests for adults although there isn't one test that can definitely tell you you have autism. Most folks will use the autism spectrum quotient test for adults. There are a number of sites online where you can down load the test (and even score them). If you are concerned you may wish to talk to your regular doctor. ...Read more
Autistic Spectrum: Disorder begins before age, but many toddlers have deficits in social communication ; social reciprocity with less obvious stereotypies (non-functional, repetitive movements) ; they're too young to have narrow, restricted ateas of interest. Careful observation reveals repetitive, sensorimotor acts like banging ; dropping toys or lining up objects. The diagnosis requires deficits in all 3 areas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Speech/Language &: Occupational Therapists also work together on feeding issues related to sensory issues in children with ASD. Issues with smell, taste, texture & color of foods can make it difficult to insure that a child with ASD eats a well-balanced diet. I endorse this book by Ernsperger & Stegen-Hanson, but I have no financial interest in it. It helps get past " love the whites, hate the greens". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Evaluation: Consider seeing a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist for a diagnostic evaluation if your are an adult. If this is for a child - see a developmental pediatrician. ...Read more
Autism diagnosis: I agree with colleagues that autism is a life-long disorder. That said, keep informed with the latest autism news, join autism support groups, plan to reassess the diagnosis if there is improvement or decline in overall functioning . Get a second opinion. See: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Autism I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. Consult a child psychiatrist for workup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Yes, but do more.: 1st, this question begs a response like "padded walls are not a legitimate treatment". But it is a reasonable question. Head-banging, destructive rage, etc, may be problems that need practical steps. I suspect there is a material that "gives" a bit &is durable that can't be pulled off or chewed.Still, the ultimate approach however is to get meaningful med treatment to reduce rage, anxiety, confusion. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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