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Wanted to know if autism behaviors become worse with age?

Wanted to know if autism behaviors become 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

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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Can a child get autism or becomes autistic at age 5? What are the odds ?

Can a child get autism or becomes autistic at age 5? What are the odds ?

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

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Could autism/aspergers/bipolar get worse if someone is transsexual?

Could autism/aspergers/bipolar get worse if someone is transsexual?

No : Autism can lead to a lot of difficulties, and so can transgerder status. I don't think one makes the other worse. ...Read more

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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

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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'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 more

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How to get SSI for autism help?

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

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Can autism child ever get better?

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

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How common is it for somebody to get autism?

Depends: The current belief is that 1 out of 150 children can be diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. However, there is concern that the criteria for autistic spectrum disorder are to broad. ...Read more

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Would i be able to have undiagnosed autism at age 18?

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

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At what age are you too old to be diagnosed with autism?

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

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