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Hi my 2 year old daughter eats hair and likes sucking anything metal I took her to the doctors and he mentioned pica and gave me information about it. On the information it mentioned autism I was wondering if I can have my daughter tested for this and wo

Hi my 2 year old daughter eats hair and likes sucking anything metal I took her to the doctors and he mentioned pica and gave me information about it. On the information it mentioned  autism I was wondering if I can have my daughter tested for this and wo

Definitely: If your child is having unusual symptoms, take her to a center specializing in evaluations of young children. If funds are a problem, see if easter seals has a program near you. Some behavioral pediatricians are trained in evaluating children this age, as a psychologist. Your pediatrician should have referrals. You definitely want an expert with toddlers. Good luck. ...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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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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Is autism misunderstood?

By some yes,: Autism can present so many different levels of severity. Impaired social skills, impaired communication, impaired relationships can present in different degrees in different people. From my perspective, some with partial symptoms, not enough for a formal diagnosis, still can benefit from treatment to improve. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

What is an "autism stare"?

Failure to: make eye contact. Gaze avoidance. A blank look on one's face, not visually interacting. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

Uncomfortable gaze: Kids with autism are uncomfortable with eye contact. They can learn in therapy to make eye contact and often what happens is they can develop a trained "stare" in which they are trying to make eye contact (which is terribly innately uncomfortable for them) and they end up " over doing it" so to speak. I think this is what you are referring to. ...Read more

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What are the cause of autism?

Not Yet: We know from results of massive amounts of research that immunizations are not the cause.As yet, there are many theories , but nothing remotely proven. ...Read more

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How to know if I have autism?

I doubt it: Chances are, if you are writing FOR YOURSELF right now. You do NOT have autism. An autistic person wouldn't care enough about it nor be understanding of the vast outside world enough to write the question and ask the internet. Hope that helped. Be well : ) ...Read more

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What are some signs of autism?

What are some signs of autism?

Lack of social skill: Autism usually presents with a delay in language skills and lack of social skills. Watch for eye contact which should be present but often is not in autism. They frequently do not respond to their name and often have repetitive and unusual behaviors. ...Read more

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How to know if you have autism?

How to know if you have autism?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand THAT other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely than just social anxiety or other issues. ...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