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Doctor insights on: List Of Functional Skills For Children With Autism

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How are fine motor skills affected by autism?

How are fine motor skills affected by autism?

Usually affected: Most children with autism have fine motor skills that are delayed and for some they never catch up even with years of therapy. This can make writing difficult as well as buttons, zippers, socks and even flushing a toilet. When a child is young it is important to address with therapy but also to remember that there are often other more useful skills they can acquire in spite of this deficit. ...Read more

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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Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap.Org or app. ...Read more

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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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If my partner and i both have autism, could we pass it on to our children?

If my partner and i both have autism, could we pass it on to our children?

Geneticist: If available to you, consultation with a geneticist would be very helpful. They can evaluate the two of you with regard to potential genetic conditions and give you a reasonable estimate of your chances of having a child affected with autism. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Can children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

No: Unless there is an underlying case of macrocephaly from hydrocephalus the "standard" autistic child has a smiler size head to anyone else. ...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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Can brigance assessment be used to children with autism?

Can brigance assessment be used to children with autism?

Teachers screen: kids in PK - elementary school with the Brigance System to obtain age-equivalents in specific abilities for yearly revision of Individual Educational Plans. Child Psychologists & Neuropsychologists use standardized tests of IQ & adaptive skills at age 5 & older to diagnose Intellectual Disability, comorbid in 35-65% of kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder & other tools to define degree of ASD. ...Read more

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Why are family holidays difficult for children with autism?

Breaks the routine: Many autistic people are very comfortable in their routine and like the things the same day after day. Holidays often bring more people, different decor, more noise, different food. These changes can be very hard for the autistic patient to accept. They might with draw to the comfort of their own space or room. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks.org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more

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What is the difference between high functional autism and aspergers?

What is the difference between high functional autism and aspergers?

You say potato,: I say po-tah-toe... Seriously, the terms are interchangeable, except that asperger's diagnosis is no longer "in the book.". ...Read more

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What is the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

What is the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

Depends on child : There is no general answer to this question. Occupational therapists experience with autism are your best resource. ...Read more

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What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in children with autism ?

What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in children with autism ?

Redirection: As with most kids, trying to change what is happening at the moment by directing the child to do something different. We too often yell at kids for bad behavior, so pick your battles and save the important reprimands for major stuff. Most of the other behaviors should attempted to be changed by reinforcement of new projects or challenges. ...Read more

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Which is the new medication for treating autism in children and teenagers?

Which is the new medication for treating autism in children and teenagers?

Abilify (aripiprazole) for symptoms: In my experience, Abilify (aripiprazole) can often ameliorate the irritability of some children who have a diagnosis of autism. Suramin, used for years as an anti protozoan agent, has shown some promise in mice for reversing some aspects of a theoretic cause of autism and is apparently now in human clinical trials. Perhaps this is what you had in mind when asking about a new autism medication. ...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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Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

I think it's from: Both the delays in social development + perseverative interest in anything that's preferred. The simplistic language of pre-school shows is delivered in high-pitched, emphatic, repetitive " snippets", great for delayed echolalia. Age-appropriate shows have confusing complex language ; social interactions. Game shows have sound effects, short verbal interchange, rolling credits ; catchy music. ...Read more

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Could exposure to china's lead-based paint products cause autism in children?

Could exposure to china's lead-based paint products cause autism in children?

Unlikely : The mental impairments associated with lead toxicity are qualitatively different from the autism spectrum, so childhood exposure to these compounds while bad, would not yield autism. There is room for speculation on whether a mothers exposure to toxic substances in life could cause the genetic codon changes in her eggs that are later identified in autistic kids. ...Read more

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For what length of time does it take for children to get diagnosed with autism?

M-CHAT...: ...Is valid starting at about 18 months. The shorter version is available here: http://www.Howtolearn.Com/2012/04/the-long-the-short-of-it-autism-screening-test-goes-mini-for-maxi-time-savings/. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
641 doctors shared insights

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