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Low Level Autism
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any significance of head circumference 19 percentile at birth and 89 percentile at 8 years? Child does have level 1 autism diagnosis.
In light of recent scientific findings of high folic acid levels possibly linked to autism, please explain what are 'high levels?"
Newer observational: data: per Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, maternal plasma folate (folic acid) (vitamin B9) concentrations >59 nmol/L & vitamin B12 concentrations >600 pmol/L, respectively, the incidence of autism ?es more than 17-fold. See: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/863216 for a publicly available summary from an analysis presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) 2016. ...Read more
My B12 levels were 981 ng/L (range 191 -900) a few months ago & Folate 19 ug/L (range 3.8 -20). Pregnant now & worried re: the studies linking autism.
No worries: Autism is a set of symptoms without proven causes, and will likely be found to be several different disorders with a variety of causes. Meanwhile, there will be news of "possible" links to this or to that, as each year goes by. Someday, there will be proven links and proven causes. As always, everything in moderation, meaning take prenatal vitamins but don't overdo it, and eat a variety of foods. ...Read more
Maternally derived: Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.Muscle weakness ( like ptosis/droopy eyelids), blindness, deafness & progressive neurologic disorder with developmental regression +/- autistic behaviors are some known symptoms. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected. ...Read more
Please let me know if there is any between mitochondrial disorder, ptosis, autism & low prealbumin?
Possibly: Mitochondrial disorders can have varying symptoms. Ptosis, hypotonia and muscle issues are a common finding. Autism or cognitive impairment is often also associated with certain mitochondrial disorders. Prealbumin may relate to altered metabolism due to the mitochondrial disorder. Suggest discussing more formal genetic testing with a geneticist. ...Read more
I feel low why? I am beginning to be too sensitive to critism and someone telling me ivan talking too much i get sad and anxious I have autism and ocd
Maybe: You are just going through a lot right now. I know it's very hard. Then when you think people aren't accepting of you you get down on yourself and that makes you feel low and sad. But remember what a very special person you are! list your special talents and abilities so you can look at them objectively and not rely on your feelings! there is not another person like you in the the world! ...Read more
Is it harmful to have high folic acid levels in body prior to getting pregnant? I have read high folic acid prior to pregnancy my cause autism, true?
How much of a 5000mcg Methyl B12 sublingual would actually be absorbed? I'm vegan & I just found out I'm 8 weeks pregnant and I was taking 1 every 2 wks. Concerned that levels would have spiked and harmed my baby. esp re: new links to autism
B12: The recommended daily allowance of B12 in pregnancy is 2.4 mcg. Most of what you are taking will be excreted into the urine as B12 is a water soluble vitamin. There isn't a confirmed causation between high B12 levels and autism. Most studies look at association rather than causation. ...Read more
Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years.   there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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