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Is autistic kid likely to be able to drive?

Is autistic kid likely to be able to drive?

Autism: Austism is a huge spectrum. Many children with autism are highly functional and will end up as very successful adults, thriving independently including being able to drive.. However, those that are low functioning may never be able to drive. It's impossible to predict without more information ...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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Am I more likely to have a child with autism if I have a sister, uncle, and great uncle with autism? Thanks!

A 3- generation : family history of Autistic Spectrum Disorder certainly validates your query. Has any diagnosed family member had a chromosomal microarray & a DNA Probe for Fragile X, the current standard genetic testing for anyone with ASD who has no Neurodevelopmental Disorder known to have ASD as part of its profile? If so, obtain the results for pre-conceptional genetic counseling. Find out, if you can. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are military children more likely to be born with autism?

I'm wondering why are military children more likely to be born with autism?

Uncertain: On average 1 in 110 kids will be diagnosed with autism. Military families have an average of 1 in 88 kids diagnosed with autism. This statistic comes from a website seeking resources to assist military families. It is called 'act today.' i can not find a citation for this statistic. I doubt that there is a definitive answer. Families with children with autism require special resources. ...Read more

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My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

Autism's origins: New studies on chromosomal material have shown a number of autism cases related to sporadic changes(micro deletions or insertions) in the genetic code that probably occurred prior to conception. Of rare families with >1 affected child, this appears to be the case. Newly affected families have little if any chance of replicating that event, or sharing it across family lines. ...Read more

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If a child is showing signs of autism at an early age, 17 months, does that mean they are more likely to be on the more severe end of the spectrum?

Not necessarily: I find 17 months towards the later end of showing some suggestive findings. Autism is not all one entity although we tend to lump them together under one name. Most will develop many skill sets that might seem unlikely when first diagnosed. Cautious optimism should be maintained as you work with those that will provide needed therapy and direction down this unpredictable road. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

Sure: Children with asperger's can be extremely bright and high functioning. This might not be readily diagnosed in all cases. ...Read more

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What makes a child autistic?

No iron clad answer: but there is enough from studies to believe that it derives from a problem in the genes. The severity may depend on the variability of the genes being expressed and to a degree other environmental factors. Knowledge of autism is incomplete at this time so be selective about the quality of information you get. It is best to discuss any questions with your PCP who has access to evidence based info. ...Read more

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How can I deal with autistic child?

How can I deal with autistic child?

Autism: The autistic spectrum has many different presentations. Talk to your pediatrician, medications can help, in some cases, especially for the anxiety and meltdowns. There are also classes on how to work with these children. The school system will help, also. Special Ed teachers are specially trained. Try to keep to a schedule, change is very difficult. Get yourself some support, too. ...Read more

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How to know your child is autistic?

How to know your child is autistic?

ASD: This site is an excellent reference, but having your child evaluated is the best way. http://www.firstsigns.org ...Read more

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