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How common is it for somebody to get autism?

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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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

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


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Why does it seem like autism is so common now?

Added toxins possibl: Many in the world of medical treatment of autism feel that the added number of chemicals that we are exposed to have an influence. Some even think that we are too clean in today's world and our children's immune system are not as robust. Assaults, by toxins, infections, poor diets, gmo foods, and yes vaccines have all been implicated and dismissed by experts. Truth is probably somewhere in middle. ...Read more

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What is autism and are other common mental illnesses?

What is autism and are other common mental illnesses?

Too Broad to answer: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that presents in early childhood. Patients on the autism spectrum vary significantly in their clinical presentation but share difficulties in the speech/language realm, sensory integration and social interactions. The term " common mental illness" is very broad and covers multiple diagnoses which may have variety of causes. Send more specific question. ...Read more

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What are common characteristics of people with autism?

What are common characteristics of people with autism?

Same but different: Generally there are speech/language deficits, social interaction difficulties, altered patterns of thinking/processing, sensory integration difficulties, and possibly stereotypical movements. The spectrum of presentation of these difficulties is HUGE and every person with ASD is a little different. Think Rain Main on the lower end of functioning and Sheldon from Big Bang Theory on the high end. ...Read more

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Help please! is autism as common in australia than the us?

Help please! is autism as common in australia than the us?

Autism incidence: Autism is around 1% of us children today with prevalence of 1 out of 88 live births. About 1 in 100 children in australia is diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) or nearly 250, 000. Here are some websites for more info: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/autism/data.Html http://www.Autismspectrum.Org.Au/a2i1i1l237l113/what-is-autism.Htm. ...Read more

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Is it common for a child with autism to not want to ride a bike?

Anything new will be: Rejected at first. Kids with autism do not retain complex, novel information quickly & require repetition of the movement. Remember, verbal instructions may not work & he has difficulty mimicking your motor movements, like he did with pat-a-cake & peek-a-boo.Pictorial cues, books about riding a bike & possibly phyical therapy to teach him how to ride a stationary bike may have to happen first. ...Read more

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How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

Each child is unique: 12 diagnostic features are divided, 4 in each of 3 categories: social; communication; stereotypical behavior. Diagnosis requires 2 from social and at least 1 from @ of the others, but a total of at least 6. Therefore, a lot of individual variability exists. Each feature of the 12 occurs often but not necessarily a majority of the time and no one appears definitely all the time. ...Read more

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How common is it for kids with autism to gobble their food and eat very fast?

How common is it for kids with autism to gobble their food and eat very fast?

No commonality: There is no real "common" characteristic among children with autism spectrum disorder, other than altered perceptions of socialization. I know plenty of kids, without asd, that gobble and eat too quickly. So, this trait is not really characteristic of kids with asd, but could be considered characteristic of some kids and teenagers in general. ...Read more

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How common is high functioning autism in the us?

Increasing quickly: The number of those diagnosed with autism is now under 1/100 with the majority of those being male and in the category of high functioning. The significant increase over short period of time suggests an environmental influence. This is likely on top of subtle genetic susceptibilities that have not yet been well defined. Genetics will take time to sort out so adjustment to environment are key. ...Read more

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What is the difference between high functional autism and aspergers?

What is the difference between high functional autism and aspergers?

You say potato,: I say po-tah-toe... Seriously, the terms are interchangeable, except that asperger's diagnosis is no longer "in the book.". ...Read more

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Is it common for a child with autism to have some sort of eating disorder?

Is it common for a child with autism to have some sort of eating disorder?

Picky eaters: The most common abnormal eating pattern seen in children with autistic spectrum disorders is having a very narrow range of types of food he will eat. It's the picky eater of childhood taken to the extreme. He may refuse a certain food based on its texture or consistency, regardless of flavor and smell. Dealing with chronic constipation is a common challenge. Try to get a daily multivitamin in him. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is pedophilia perversion a common side effect of autism?

No: There is no evidence that this is the case. People with autism , often have unusual preoccupations, but there is no reason to believe pediphilia would be one of them. Though admittedly we have limited data here. ...Read more

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Child mental health problems. How common are the real psychiatric problems, not autism or add?

Child mental health problems.  How common are the real psychiatric problems, not autism or add?

Wow, where to begin?: I'm not sure what's "not real" about autism or adhd; but, in prepubertal children, there's also anxiety, sometimes depression, & learning disabilities. After puberty, depression and anxiety increase markedly, as do eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder. Not counting adhd (8-10% of the population), in any one year, serious other illness affect about 10-12% of the child population. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in teens?

Multiple impairments: Autism is a disorder that involves qualitative impairment in several different realms including things such as impaired use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye to eye gaze, , failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level, lack of social reciprocity. Also impairments in communication, restricted repetitive behaviors, etc.. Look to dsm4tr for more details. ...Read more

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Is a single mutation mthfr common in children with autism? If homocysteine levels are normal, should I be concerned?,

More research needed: The mutation mthfr has been implicated in a variety of psi strip illnesses from schizophrenia to down's syndrome. Homocysteine levels san be normal in autism. At this juncture no one has been able to find the cause of autism much more research is needed.Take mthfr with a grain of salt. There is absolutely no evidence that it can cause autism. ...Read more

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What is autism?

Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years. [1] [2] there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression). ...Read more

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What is autism?

Developmental dis. : It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

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. ...Read more

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What causes autism?

Mostly genetic.: More and more genetic links to autism and autism spectrum disorders (asd's) are being found; there's even genetic testing available for siblings of patients with asd's to see if they have it, too. Good studies have shown there's no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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Is autism transmitted?

Is autism transmitted?

Its not contagious,: if that's what you mean. There are genetic links that run in families, so in that sense there is greater likelihood of ending up with autism or something related if one or more of your biological parents have it. But, genetics is very far away from being able to predict what child will get it, given the parent's symptoms. If this is your concern, find a genetic counselor for the latest... ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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