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Doctor insights on: If Left Untreated Can Autism Be Fatal

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can the symptoms of add, if undiagnosed and untreated cause autism?

Can the symptoms of add, if undiagnosed and untreated cause autism?

No: Untreated add will not lead to autism. Certainly signs of autism maybe confused with add or adhd.

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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


Dr. Robert Sterling Dr. Sterling
Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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My son who is a adult with autism, I notice his left upper are seems to be swollen or larger than his right upper arm, and a small bump?

My son who is a adult with autism, I notice his left upper are seems to be swollen or larger than his right upper arm, and a small bump?

A Stitch In Time...: If he exhibits a lot of pain in that area or if he is reluctant to use that arm or if the skin feels warmer than the other arm or the swelling increases then have him examined by a doctor. Sounds like he bumped or otherwise injured that area or an infection is brewing so if you have any doubts about it, get him checked sooner than later.

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

It's more of a red: Flag that she needs a neurological exam by her pediatrician. Depending on prenatal, perinatal & post-natal history, there may have been changes in development of the white matter of her brain on the side opposite the extremities she disregards or doesn't use as well. If deep tendon reflexes & muscle tone/strength are asymmetrical, an MRI & pediatric neurology consult are warranted.

Dr. David Reid Dr. Reid
Psychiatry
42 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition (because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck!

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can you tell me about autism?

Can you tell me about autism?

Autism spectrum: Autism spectrum disorders are a set of complex neurobehavioral disorders that include social impairments, communication problems, and fixed, repetitive stereotypical movements. The most severe form of disorder in this group is classical autism -- but there are also milder forms known previously as asperger's. There's much more info than 400 characters will allow: http://tinyurl. Com/6y86go.

Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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How can you deal with autism?

How can you deal with autism?

Excellent source: Go to autism speaks. Org for a raft of information.

Dr. Carlos Satulovsky Dr. Satulovsky
Psychiatry
24 years in practice
National University of La Plata Faculty of Medicine
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When can autism be diagnosed?

Very: There is no "official" age at which the diagnosis can be formulated, however, some of the criteria is only observable (or the lack thereof) after the kid is supposed to reach a milestone (verbal skills, etc). Review the criteria dsm4 and you will have a clear idea of why. That said, some genetic diseases (deletions, isodicentrism, etc) associated with autistic features can be diagnosed at any age.

Dr. Shariq Refai Dr. Refai
Psychiatry
9 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Where to go to diagnose autism?

Where to go to diagnose autism?

A psychiatrist.: See a psychiatrist. There are people who specialize in autism. There are therapist and providers who specialize in autism. Search for local providers.

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Why do kids with autism regress?

Kanner's 1943 paper: On autism described autistic regression in ~ 30% of toddlers, same as today. Neuroimaging of siblings of kids with autism shows atypical development of white matter at 6 -12 mos. & decline in gaze directed toward faces from 6-36 mos. In sibs who develop clinical autism up to 18 mos. After white matter changes appear, showing that autistic regression is far more gradual than previously thought.

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Dr. James Courey Dr. Courey
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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What can I do to treat my autism?

Hmmm.....: Rather than "getting rid of your autism" you may be better served by seeking the help of a life coach. This life coach can help you learn strategies for managing your day to day in the so-called "typical world" making life less stressful. As the father of a teenager with autism, I want to empower you to embrace your autism & work with it, not against it. Use your talents & gifts to move forward.

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors: Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks. Post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD.

Dr. Jon Ahrendsen Dr. Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
35 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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How can you help someone with autism?

How can you help someone with autism?

Care & Attention: See what upsets them and try to avoid it. See what sooths them and try to facilitate it. Other items depend on their level of functioning and communication. Sometimes they might need help in new situations and you could help provide comfort or a safety net for them. Talke to others that care for and help autistic children and adults.

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Dr. Barbara Toohill Dr. Toohill
Clinical Psychology
8 years in practice
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
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How can autism affect everyday life?

Pervasive effects: Autism and related disorders have significant impact on the life of the individual and his or her family. They often experience social anxiety and difficulty with relationships, difficulty planning and organizing daily living tasks (eg bills and finances), and difficulty with consistent work performance. Look for books bt tony atwood for quality, extensive info on the subject.

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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How can I tell if my child has autism?

In infancy?: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns. Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out!

Dr. Neeta Jain Dr. Jain
Pediatrics
23 years in practice
LLRM Medical College
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Does gfcf diets help symptoms of autism?

Does gfcf diets help symptoms of autism?

Diet: Diets generally have no effect on autism though some people think controlling and modulating diets do effect communication

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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What are some symptoms of classic autism?

What are some symptoms of classic autism?

Core symptoms of: Autism are qualitative impairments for chronological age in social communication (both verbal & non-verbal) & reciprocal social interaction + repetitive stereotyped, non-functional movements &/or narrow, restricted areas of interest.. Firstsigns. Org has checklists to screen for developmental delays & autism in infants & toddlers. "red flags" for all ages are on www. Aap. Org's healthy child.

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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How can I I determine autism in an adult?

The same DSM-V: Criteria of qualitative impairments in social reciprocity & social communication plus narrow, restricted areas of interest or stereotypical motor movements with onset before age 3 are used by adult psychiatrists, neuropsychologists & psychologists to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorder in adults as for diagnoses in children.

Dr. David Hoffman Dr. Hoffman
Clinical Psychology
17 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Can you tell me how can autism affect you?

Autisms affects: Agree with previous. In terms of understanding what it is like, typical people prioritize social stimuli and track it, individuals with autism see social information as equal to other stimuli. Great example is watching a movie where a couple are talking embracing, typically people focus on the faces of people interacting. Ind with Autism eyes focus elsewhere (pic on wall, tree, background).

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Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Is it possible to lose an autism diagnosis?

Overcome - disprove: Autism is a label. For some it can be a diagnosis, and for others just a description of strong behavior. Many become labeled as autism as a child, but as they mature, they outgrow or overcome the autism behavior. They can then disprove the "diagnosis".

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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