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How does autism affect the brain?

How does autism affect the brain?

No one knows: Autism is defined as a group of symptoms. They probably have many causes. Although there are several good theories and some studies that show brain changes in autistic people at this point no one knows the answer to your question. ...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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How does autism affect the brain?

It's complicated...: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by persistent impairments in social communication, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors, interests, or activities. How it affects the brain itself is more complicated. Go to NINDS.NIH.GOV and search: Autism, for more detailed answers. Consult a HealthTap provider as needed. ...Read more

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Could a brain pacemaker be used to treat autism disorders?

Could a brain pacemaker be used to treat autism disorders?

No, but creative: Since actual changes in size & density of neurons ( nerve cells), disruptions in connections between nerve cells and number of connections have been found in parts of the brain that process emotions ((e.g., hippocampus) & in the cerebellum, changing the electrical impulses would probably not correct function. Keep thinking, though. Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy does help. ...Read more

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Can brain injury lead to autism?

Can brain injury lead to autism?

Not by definition: A brain injury under the age of three, would fit the research definition as a cause of cerebral palsy and any associated limitations would be part of it. After three, the limitations would be brain injury related. The complex interplay of language, social and other features of autism do not fit a the pattern of an injury as it affects too many different areas of the brain at the same time. ...Read more

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Could autism cause you to have brain developmental disorders?

Yes: Autism is diagnosed by a combination of developmental delays such as in speech and social interactions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Asperger disorder and autism? Do doctors know which part of the brain is affected?

Degree of severity: Although there are technical differences for making the diagnosis, in practice, autism is seen as a spectrum disorder. The most severe are diagnosed with autism. Those with the mild symptoms asperger's, and those with symptoms somewhere in between sometimes diagnosed as pdd, nos. The mildest may not diagnosed with anything, but may be thought of as quirky, rigid, or clueless. ...Read more

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Does every baby that flaps his hands have autism or some other brain problem?

Does every baby that flaps his hands have autism or some other brain problem?

No: Hand flapping could be a passing stage. It does not always indicate autism or brain disorder. It should likely be monitored for a period of time to see if it continues. Also, i would be more concerned if other symptoms were present at the same. For example, speech delay, lack of eye contact, lack of interest in their surroundings. Insistence on nonfunctional routines, etc. ...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


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more