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How Does Autism Affect Your Body Or Brain
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What causes autism symptoms (is it incorrect brain cell connections, incorrect brain chemical transmitters, etc…)?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autism: Not that i know of.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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