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Help please! is autism just a nice way to say retardation?

Help please! is autism just a nice way to say retardation?

No, but...: Autism and mental retardation (mr) are distinct diagnoses with clear definitions. However, many individuals have both; and studies have shown that, these days, many families prefer a diagnosis of autism to that of mr. Autism can have full range of intelligence of mentally retarded to genius level; mr means that the person is functioning at a much lower mental age than their actual age. ...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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Are there any mentally retarded people who are also savants, like in autism?

Are there any mentally retarded people who are also savants, like in autism?

Definitions change: The original term was "idiot savant." the reason these rare individuals are of such interest is that often their overall capabilities, what most of us would think of as intelligence, is quite low, and yet in one or two specific areas, they have skills vastly superior to the average population. The term "autistic savant" is now preferred, but mental retardation usually is a part of the picture. ...Read more

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Is autism person is mentally retarded , do they have professional lives? Are they nomrally weak in studies

No: Autism presents with a spectrum of symptoms. Some can function in society quite well. Some are quite proficient in math studies ...Read more

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I just turned 21 yesterday and my friend says I'll be fine but I'm worried cause I'm high functioning autism and worried about the effects on autisn?

I just turned 21 yesterday and my friend says I'll be fine but I'm worried cause I'm high functioning autism and worried about the effects on autisn?

Maturing: Turning 21 solidifies for many that you are an adult albeit a young adult. You're likely responding to a new awareness of what others your age are doing academically and socially. The process of separating from home is well underway, perhaps a sensitive area for you as friendships and interacting with others may be quite painful. Having a therapist's help may make a big difference. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Doctors say my little cousin has autism. How can I tell?

Most common features: By 18-24 months, children should: -point at what interests them; -look where parent points; -pretend-help with house work; -play with toys appropriately (pretend cars, dolls, etc are real) -maintain eye contact absence of these, or presence of abnormal repetitive behaviors such as rocking or flapping, raise suspicion of autism. ...Read more

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A lot of people mistake my shyness with autism. I'm actually an introvert but many people say that I have I autism. I don't know what to do.

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder Level I, or Asperger Syndrome, impairs one's ability to make & sustain friendships because it''s hard to understand that other people have a different point of view than yours, sustain a conversation on a topic not of your choosing or make eye contact when talking to a someone. If this is the case, then ask your doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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My son is 11months, 1 week he walks on his own and says mama but he is not intersted in pointing or clapping. Should i be concerned about autism?

My son is 11months, 1 week he walks on his own and says mama but he is not intersted in pointing or clapping. Should i be concerned about autism?

A specific " mama": Used to get your attention, with smiles of delight when you look at him & say, yes, i'm mama!" is fantastic! acquiring words to label things is not the same as communicating. Pointing for what you want is a 12-month milestone, pointing to share interest in objects is 14-16 mos. Mimicking simple games like peek--boo, pat-a-cake & waving "bye" is his job now. Just show his doctor at his 12-mo check. ...Read more

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On autism spec, age 29, dad says memory get replaced by false memory often. Recently, mistook my mailbox for another, until landlady corrected me.

I don't see a: Question, but i guess you are wondering if your father's comment is correct. We all distort reality in our minds to varying degrees. Is it more so in people with autism? I don't know because I have never seen the world through their eyes. Even having a grandson with autism, he is too young to state with certainty that his vision of the world is necessarily any more distorted than mine or your dads. ...Read more

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If school says child has autism spectrum symptoms, what happens next?

If school says child has autism spectrum symptoms, what happens next?

Second opinion: A school should not diagnose autism. They may suggest that a formal evaluation be done by a qualified professional who could make an accurate assessment of your child. Then a referral for applied behavioral analysis could be provided. They could work with your school to provide the best setting for optimal outcome. ...Read more

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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