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Two questions: what are the likes and differences between aspergers and autism? And, how is each treated?

Two questions:  what are the likes and differences between aspergers and autism?  And, how is each treated?

Aspergers autism : Think of autism as extreme aspergers. Autism typically severe language delays and cognitive impairment. Here is a video about aspergers. http://youtu.be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...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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What is asd (autism spectrum disorder) and how can it be treated?

Aspergers: Watch these two shows for my most clear answer. Autism spectrum and aspergers in 8 mins. http://youtu.be/xg1ngp1ngds. Aspergers and the dsm5 http://youtu.Be/f5sfe6dqhro. ...Read more

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What is autism?

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?

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 overdiagnosed?

Is autism overdiagnosed?

It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read more

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Is autism only confined to industrialized nations?

No: Autism has a world wide prevalence of 2-4%. This is true for industrialized countries as well as developing societies. There is a genetic component as well as an environmental one. Even in africa, the incidence is about the same as in europe or us. Iceland has a remarkably increased incidence, the audie of which is not yet clearly understood. ...Read more

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I am wondering what causes autism or is this all a mystery?

Origin is elusive: Autism(a) and similar disorders have stumped researchers for ages. Recently, multiple fine defects have been found on micro array studies of the chromosomes of kids with a ; asd. This suggests misplaced genetic material may be involved very early in fetal life.This could suggest environmental toxins prior to or during pregnancy.More credible studies are needed ; less attention to junk science. ...Read more

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What is autism/pica?

Unrelated: Autism is a disorder characterized by impaired impaired social interaction and communicatoin and odd behaviors. Pica is a phenomenon of eating non-food items regularly, e.g., dirt or paint chips. The latter can occur with autism, but it is not a specific characteristic of that disorder. ...Read more

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Can MMR cause autism?

Can MMR cause autism?

No: Although it is likely that environmental exposures have contributed to the recent rise in autism, there is no credible evidence that the MMR vaccine has caused or contributed to increased autism. The study that first raised the concern has now been discredited as fraudulent. Autism is more common in babies born near superfund sites or with high levels of organophosphate pesticides. ...Read more

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Can autism run in families?

Yes: There does seem to be a genetic or hereditary effect in autistic spectrum disorders. It is not clearly predictable in its expression. ...Read more

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Can autism be misdiagnosed?

Can autism be misdiagnosed?

Autism: Absolutely, make sure this diagnosis is made by a mental health professional who specializes in treating autism. Of course is perfectly accepatable to obtain a second opinion. My best. ...Read more

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Are hie and autism related?

Ummm, not really. : Hie or hypoxia-ischemic encephalopathy is causative in many behavioral and learning disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Autism is the result of a confluence of genetic predisposition and neurotoxicity. So someone with perfectly typical genetic endowment can have hie, while a much more minimal cortical insult could make autism penetrate. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for autism?

No. The goal is to: diminish deficits in social communication & reciprocal social interaction & to substitute socially-acceptable movements & behaviors for atypical stereotypies & narrow, restricted areas of interest so that a person with ASD can be nearly indistinguishable from neurotypical peers. Prognosis depends on degree of ASD, level of cognition & early response to therapy, now starting as early as 12 mos. ...Read more

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Have to do to prevent autism?

Wish we knew!: Yours is the million $ question with no answer. Family history and environment play their roles, but there is no easy checklist of things to do and avoid. If there is a strong family history of autism spectrum in your or your partner's family, your chances would be higher, so some people choose to adopt in those cases. The best path, though, is to live healthy and love the child you get! ...Read more

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Any use of secretin for autism?

No: How convenient it would be if you just needed to give a shot to cure autism. Unfortunately, this is not the case. ...Read more

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What is high functioning autism?

Not a diagnosis: The term "high functioning autism" is a term usually referring to individuals who have some but not all symptoms of autism. It is not truly a diagnosis and usually covers a large spectrum of people who do not have autism but have many similar symptoms, such as social awkwardness, a need for extreme structure in their lives and difficulties with reading others' emotional cues. ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat autism?

Is there any way to treat autism?

YES!: See a true expert for multi-dimensional care. Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive meds play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. ...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