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How is autism classified into different levels?

How is autism classified into different levels?

Individuality: Autism spectrum disorder is the generic umbrella term covering children with autism. Because it is a spectrum there are more severely affected and less severely affected people ..So high functioning and low functioning. Every patient is unique and each one has differing strength and weaknesses. The diagnosis code covers them all at this time with one code...299.0 i hope that helps. ...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 is used to treat someone with low function autism?

What is used to treat someone with low function autism?

Intensive therapy: Starting as early as possible intensive therapy such as ABA (applied behavioral analisis) has the best success rate for maximizing skills. A team approach is required. ...Read more

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Can domeone please ex plain autism to me.The symptoms and are there certain levels?

Can domeone please ex plain autism to me.The symptoms and are there certain levels?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is a categorical diagnosis made when history ; clinical observations reveal qualitative impairments in age-appropriate social communication ; reciprocal social interactions plus narrow, restricted areas of interest or repetitive, stereotypical, non-functional movements. The level is based on the child's need for behavioral ; educational supports. See autismspeaks.Org/what-autism. ...Read more

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Has autism been classified into different useful levels or are patients still getting lumped together?

Both: Currently there three basic classifications: asperger's, autistiism, & pervasive developmental disorders. But these are somewhat ill-defined & each encompasses a broad spectrum of levels of function. Better definition & classification of autistic spectrum disorders is currently under consideration but is likely to be difficult if not impossible. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

Autism: His sleep problem may be due to difficulty unwinding from agitation or from recurrent fears at night. A good bedtime routine, sleep hygiene can help him, find out what soothes him. Physical daytime activities that get him tired at night may help. Work with a child psychiatrist, medications can help with low functioning autism. ...Read more

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Could autism usually come with a low iq/?

Current studies: show 40-68% of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder also have Intellectual Dusability, IQ <70. 25% have epilepsy, more inkids with ASD & ID. ADHD in 40-70% (of all).Learning disabilities & executive function deficits( taking in, organizing, processing & acting on information) are common in those with avg.-above avg. IQ 90 or >. Lack of theory of mind in all. Tics, 9%. Sleep problems, 50-70%. ...Read more

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Will increasing bdnf levels prevent autism in children?

Will increasing bdnf levels prevent autism in children?

Unusually high level: of the signaling peptide BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) have been detected in children w/ autism. BDNF regulates birth and differentiation of brain cells (neurons). Barbara Hempstead et al (Weill Medical College, Cornell Univ) propose that BDNF may be over-expressed in the brains of these children, causing neurological defects that lead to the disorder but causation not yet proven. ...Read more

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I have notice I am becoming very sensitive to critism such as mum telling me I am talking too much. I have autism i feel low as I am getting senstive.

I don't know if you: Are in any form of treatment right now. There are psychoeducational groups for people who have high functioning autism - to allow them to build on social skills. If your believe that you are becoming overly sensitive - cognitive behavioral therapy may help. And if the relationship with your mum is strained - family therapy can also be beneficial. Take care. ...Read more

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Can high anxiety levels cause autism spectrum disorder?

NO: Severe anxiety does not cause asd. However, children with very severe anxiety disorders can be miss diagnosed as asd! additionally, patient's with ASD can be very anxious! ...Read more

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Is a single mutation mthfr common in children with autism? If homocysteine levels are normal, should I be concerned?,

More research needed: The mutation mthfr has been implicated in a variety of psi strip illnesses from schizophrenia to down's syndrome. Homocysteine levels san be normal in autism. At this juncture no one has been able to find the cause of autism much more research is needed.Take mthfr with a grain of salt. There is absolutely no evidence that it can cause autism. ...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