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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 (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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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?

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?

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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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