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Almost 3 yr old daughter told probable autism. diangosis semantic pragmatic disorder, attention concentration deficit, hyperactive disorder. Need explained?

Almost 3 yr old daughter told probable autism. diangosis semantic pragmatic disorder, attention concentration deficit, hyperactive disorder. Need explained?

You deserve more: It sound like your toddler is diagnosed with potentially serious mental disorders. You deserve an explanation and your daughter's physician should arrange a meeting to discuss them with you- and also alternative differential diagnoses. 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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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and asperger's are very similar, don't you think that ADHD could be a variant of the autism spectrum?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder  and asperger's are very similar, don't you think that ADHD could be a variant of the autism spectrum?

No I do not: Adhd and asperger/autism spectrum disorders are distinctively different. Adhd is a disruptive behavior disorder with few problems with socialuzation at it's core. Asds have a great deal to do with a person being socially perplexed. It is possible to have one or the other or both. Also, the treatments for adhd in terms of medications do not help much with the social impairments seen in the asds. ...Read more

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Doctors! what actions do you think might decrease the cases of new (non-familial) autism?

A few things are : Known to ? risk of a woman's having a child with ASD if they're done prior to conception: taking a daily folate (folic acid) supplement, having a flu vaccine ( if not, having a flu shot the 2nd trimester), checking immunity to rubella, avoiding alcohol, tobacco & drugs, checking safety of prescribed meds, herbs & supplements, weight reduction if obese, & good prenatal care to avoid pre-term delivery. ...Read more

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What is ?The difference between autism and developemental verbal dyspraxia?

See below: Autism effects speech, cognition, and socialization. Speech apraxia/dyspraxia only effects speech. ...Read more

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Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

Bizzarre behavior: This may be a self soothing mechanism like rocking, other consoling mechanisms. Her severe autism leaves her without the normal social negative reinforcement of neurotypcal kids, meaning, she doesn't have the social awareness to remind her to stop the behavior. You may have some degree of success with social skills training with a therapist. Never spank her. Positive reinforcement works best! ...Read more

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Son with autism woke up with red cheeks and they are hot. He does not have a fever. What could this be? Cheeks have been a little red and splotchy for a couple of days now. He is somewhat non-verbal, so not able to tell me if he is feeling uncomfortabl

Son with autism woke up with red cheeks and they are hot.  He does not have a fever.  What could this be? Cheeks have been a little red and splotchy for a couple of days now.  He is somewhat non-verbal, so not able to tell me if he is feeling uncomfortabl

There : There is a possibility that he could have fifths disease - a common, relatively harmless viral infection - most often seen in kids and characterized by red cheeks followed by a lacy rash on the arms, legs and body. Some people will also have fever for a day or two. It typically resolves on its own without treatment. The only time we really worry about this virus is if it infects someone who is pregnant or someone with a chronic blood disease such as sickle cell anemia. I attached a website with more information about fifths disease. If you do not think this is what he has, if he has a chronic blood disease or has spent time with a pregnant woman while ill, or if he is acting sick at all, give his doctor a call. Good luck! ...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

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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Hyperactivity (Definition)

Hyperactivity is a term that describes a physical state in which a person is abnormally active. It may be caused by hormonal or emotional disorders, and may also be present in children ...Read more