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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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Is repetitive behavior a sign of mental illness?

Is repetitive behavior a sign of mental illness?

It may be,: Depending on the age of the person and what the behavior is. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an autism spectrum disorder?

What sort of problem is an autism spectrum disorder?

Biologic disorder: What is now being called ASD is a cluster of disorders that have in common major disruption typically from a very early age in the development of social interactions, communication, and behaviors. The cause(s) remain unknown. The core feature is a markedly diminised to absent ability to socially connect with others. Language is absent or odd, as are some behaviors. ...Read more

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Is echolalia a common symptom of pdd?

Is echolalia a common symptom of pdd?

Yes: Echolalia is normal in you infants and may occur in a few other disorders, mostly language delay, but it is especially common in autism and other forms of pdd. It can be both immediate (echoing back something just said) and delayed (echoing a word or phrase from an earlier time such as from a watching a movie. In some, it is quite elaborate, including not just words but tone and gestures too. ...Read more

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Is constant avoidance of situations a personality disorder?

Is constant  avoidance of situations  a personality disorder?

Possibly: There are people with avoidant personality disorder who may consistently avoid social settings. This is also seen in schizoid personality disorder. However, this type of symptom can be found in other emotional problems as well, such as depression and various types of anxiety. ...Read more

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Is synesthesia a symptom of autism?

No: Synesthesia--the cross-over of one sense to another (touch to visual, e.g.) has been reported to be possibly more prevalent in high-functioning individuals with autism. However, there is no evidence to suggest that it is an underlying cause of autism itself. It may help to "explain" some savant abilities, although that remains to be seen. ...Read more

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Is attention defeset disorder a form of autism?

Is attention defeset disorder a form of autism?

No: These are two completely different disorders. They can co exist, however. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic motor tic disorder and movement disorders?

What is the difference between chronic motor tic disorder and movement disorders?

One of many!: Professionals use the term movement or motor disorders to identify a group of neurological disorders with a common denominator: they all have some kind of abnormal movements. Persistent or chronic tic disorder is only one of these movement disorders. Individuals with this disorder have one or several persistent tics for at least one year. Usually, this conditions starts before 18 years of age. ...Read more

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Is sensory processing disorder on the autism spectrum? Is there a cure?

Is sensory processing disorder on the autism spectrum?  Is there a cure?

Partially: Unfortunately, sensory processing disorder is not fully recognized or embraced by all in medical and behavioral and therapy fields. Sensory defensiveness or hyper-reactivity to various stimuli, can be seen in autism, but also in anxiety, depression, mental retardation, adhd of any type and other situations. Many therapies are available, they help some, not all. I'd be wary of any cure claim. ...Read more

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Is developing inappropriate facial expressions a symptom of dementia?

Is developing inappropriate facial expressions a symptom of dementia?

Possibly...: If one has dementia, that could explain such symptoms; otherwise, emotional, neuropsychological and/or organic factors would need to be explored. ...Read more

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Is asperger's syndrome a type of autism?

Is asperger's syndrome a type of autism?

Yes.: There are degrees & variations of autism. Aspergers does have a particular set of characteristics, but it can be considered a subset of autism. Aspergers is probably going to fade away as a discrete diagnosis soon. It is being lumped into the category now more commonly known as autistic spectrum disorder (asd). ...Read more

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Help please! is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a group of disorders?

Group: This is a collection of different issues based on abnormal intellectual, communication or developmentall problems. It includes autism, asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental delay not otherwise defined.The classification is a needs based one rather than on origin.Classification allows schools and therapists to get appproval for the special therapy they require. ...Read more

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Could aspergers/high functioning autism be a type of developmental delayment?

A developmental : delay is failure to achieve a developmental milestone by the time 90% of tots do so. "DD" is used until a child can undergo formal IQ testing, ~ age 5-6 yrs. Delays in reciprocal social interaction like not waving "bye" back to someone at 10 mos. & in social communication like not pointing at desired objects at 12 mos. are early signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a Neurodevelopmental Disorder. ...Read more

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What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp i. ...Read more

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Is OCD a typical part of autism or can someone just have OCD and autism?

Is OCD a typical part of autism or can someone just have OCD and autism?

No: Each is a separate condition. However, many autistic people engage in repetitive acts. These often do not seem to be compulsive, however, in that rather than feeling like they must do them many autistic people enjoy the repetitions (even if those around them do not.). ...Read more

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Is obscene language (coprolalia) a typical symptom of ts?

Is obscene language (coprolalia) a typical symptom of ts?

In some cases: Repeated, stereotypical movements called "tics" are typical in ts (tourette's syndrome). Some patients have a vocal component. Most of the time, the patient emits a simple sound. Some of the time the sound is a "curse" word. ...Read more

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Is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a bunch of disorders?

Really Both are true: It is called spectrum just because how a person can present can vary greatly. Some cases are mild, some are severe, and the lines are very blurry to tell where one type ends and another begins. Impairments of social functioning is the key hallmark of the ASD spectrum, and some have other issues like communication, speech, learning disabilities, sound or visual sensitivities. ...Read more

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Is toe-walking a sign of autism?

Is toe-walking a sign of autism?

Not necessarily: Some kids are toe walkers by choice. They do it for a while and then they stop. Kids with CP tend to be toewalkers more than autistic kids. This is not to say that autistic may not be toe walkers. To answer your question, just being a toe walker does not mean that your kid is autistic. ...Read more

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Is an arm tic a common sign of tourette's syndrome?

Can be: Motor tics, and simple tics are often seen before complesx tics in tourette's disorder. Symptoms can vary over time but usually have a peak around age 9 or 11. ...Read more

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Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Autismspeaks.org: There is increased risk of seizures with any brain pathology, be it cerebral palsy, intellectual disability or autism. The more severe the pathology, the higher the risk. Children with autistic spectrum disorders have a 2% risk of clinical epilepsy by age 5 & an 8% risk by age 10.If the child with autism also has intellectual disability, the risk is 35% at age 5 and 67% by age 10. ...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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

A developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more