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What are the beginning signs of autism? What are things to look for in young children?

What are the beginning signs of autism? What are things to look for in young children?

Discuss with your dr: Autism may begin to show signs as early as 6 months; it's characterized by: -impaired social interaction (less cuddly, less eye contact, harder to soothe) -delayed communication (delayed speech, unusual gestures) -restricted interests/repetitive behavior (echolalia, ritualistic behavior, unusual movements) it's worth mentioning your concern to your child's dr, as early intervention may help. ...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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What causes children to walk on their tip-toes . Is that a sign of autism?

What causes children to walk on their tip-toes . Is that a sign of autism?

Toe-walking that: persists > 3 months after a tot's first 10 independent steps is atypical. Drops in blood flow & oxygen, especially in late 2nd trimester can cause " tight heel cords", very mild cerebral palsy, more common in preemies. MRI & microscopic post-mortem studies of brains of people with ASD show abnormalities in areas that control motor planning & in axons that transmit signals. Other causes exist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How is someone diagnosed with autism? What are the signs?

Qualitative impair-: ments in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + stereotypical, repetitive movements &/or narow, restricted areas of interest are the atypical observable behaviors required for a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Signs & symptoms are specific for different ages & stages of development or levels of cognitive ability. These are listed on www.autismspeaks.org ...Read more

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What are the causes of autism or how is it diagnosed to young children?

No known cause: There is currently no known cause. A diagnosis is usually made after a psychiatrist or physician obtains a complete history and physical and bases the diagnosis on specific criteria. Often a test called the ados can provide further information in making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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On the spectrum children and autism?

On the spectrum children and autism?

PDD-NOS: The diagnostic and statistical manual iv-text revision defines pervasive developmental disorder as having some, but not all, of the criteria for autism. The dsm-v will combine pdd-nos, asperger's syndrome and autism into autistic disorder, so that all children " on the spectrum" may receive funding and services. Autistic disorders are neurodevelopmental, but still defined as psychiatric disorders. ...Read more

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What are the signs of autism in an infant?

Depends on age: Typically parents and providers start to notice signs closer to a year as they realize there have been delays in milestones and speech is not developing. Prior to that you may notice that a child prefers not to be held or does not seem to make eye contact and smile and is missing milestones. Alternately you may see an inconsolable child who does not sleep much combined with delays. Low tone also. ...Read more

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Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read more

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What are the signs of autism in an infant?

What are the signs of autism in an infant?

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! ...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