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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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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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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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If a child is showing signs of autism at an early age, 17 months, does that mean they are more likely to be on the more severe end of the spectrum?

Not necessarily: I find 17 months towards the later end of showing some suggestive findings. Autism is not all one entity although we tend to lump them together under one name. Most will develop many skill sets that might seem unlikely when first diagnosed. Cautious optimism should be maintained as you work with those that will provide needed therapy and direction down this unpredictable road. ...Read more

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What's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

What's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

Cause Unknown: Risk factors include genetics, pre-/perinatal factors, neuroanatomical abnormalities, & environmental factors. No single gene can account for autism. There seems to be multiple genes involved. Possibly maternal gestational diabetes, maternal/paternal age over 30, bleeding after first trimester, use of prescription medication during pregnancy, & meconium in the amniotic fluid but not conclusive. ...Read more

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Autism spectrum over asperger?

Autism spectrum over asperger?

Because the same: Deficits in social understanding (e.g., lack of theory of mind & facial recognition) underlie autism, asperger syndrome & pdd-nos, autistic spectrum disorder is the dsm-5 diagnosis that includes all 3. The myth is that all people with as have " genius" iq's; when the current definition of as requires an iq > 70, in the "normal" range, not necessarily avg. Or above, . ...Read more

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What are autism spectrum disorders?

What are autism spectrum disorders?

Latest umbrella term: For decades, the broad term for disorders like autism has been pervasive developmental disorder (pdd). It included autism, asperger's disorders, and several other seemingly related disorders. For the past 10 years of so, ASD has become increasingly popular and probably will be the new umbrella term for autism and related disorders in the new diagnostic manual due out in a year or so. ...Read more

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I need to know what is autism spectrum?

I need to know what is autism spectrum?

A big umbrella: This is a collective term that pulls together several separate diagnoses under one supposedly unifying term. Autism, aspergers syndrome and pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified, make up the spectrum. It is more a term preferred by academics and bureaucrats that track the funding for their specialized supportive care. I find it rather loosely supported by an actual link. ...Read more

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How are autism, and autism spectrum different?

How are autism, and autism spectrum different?

Autism more severe: Autism is the term used to describe the severely affected person. Autism spectrum disorder describes the milder forms of autism where the affected person has some behaviours typical of autism but is not severely autistic. ...Read more

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What's a autism spectrum disorder?

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more

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Is it true that men are higher on autism spectrum?

Is it true that men are higher on autism spectrum?

Not sure of question: It absolutely is the case that many more males than females have autism--in the order of 4-5 times more. Why is not known, but it actually is pretty common in child mental health: a wide range of early-onset disorders, including adhd, learning disorders, and autism, are much more common in males than in females. That said, females can definitely have autism of the same severity as males. ...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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How can an adult get a diagnosis for autism spectrum?

Autism in adults : Autism spectrum d/o can b diagnosed via clinical interview and a collaborative info from the family .There are assesment scales also used for that.It all depends what it's needed for. The treatment for depression anxiety or other issues for some autism does not need any rating scales.Contact a psychiatrist or psychologist good luck. ...Read more

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I need to know what is autism spectrum or pre autism?

I need to know what is autism spectrum or pre autism?

AUTISM SPECTRUM: Disorder: cause: multifactorial, genetics play role. Diagnosable at 18m. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication/ interaction, poor eye contact, speech delay, reliance on nonverbal communication, withdrawn ; spends time in solitary play; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities, tantrum like rages if disruption of routine, mouthing of objects. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for autism spectrum disorder?

No, but individuals: with ASD have varied symtoms and medicaions may be useful intreating specific symtpoms, such as hyperactivity or anxiety or aggression with medicaions that are used with other primary disorders, such as anxiety disorder or ADHD. Consultation with a specialist is a medical center may be helpful. ...Read more

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What are classic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

What are classic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

Varies: Autism disorders occur on a spectrum from fairly mild impairment to very severe. Patients with ASD have problems with social interaction, communication, processing sensory information and intellectual disabilities. For a complete list and more explanation look at the cdc site. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism, autism spectrum?

What is the difference between autism, autism spectrum?

Semantics: The diagnosis of autism has broadened. The term has also been softened with euphemisms like "asd" (autistic spectrum disorder). Clinically, the terms are now interchangeable. ...Read more

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Where could I find a description of the autism spectrum?

PDD : Dsm is the book and apa and aacap and nimh and american academy of paeds and yale developmental center and every university has a website which has information zero to three also has information. ...Read more

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Is it ok to marry a man with an autism spectrum disorder?

Depends: "it depends if he wants to marry you." there are so many variables that are unknown in any marriage. Autistic people can have happy productive lives with a partner. Make sure you communicate and have realistic expectations about the future. There are adult support groups for adults with autism. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism and autism spectrum?

Not much: Autism is currently a diagnosis that meets a specific set of diagnostic criteria. We know that their are a great number of people who do not meet this set of criteria, but still are very much autistic in nature. This is why there is a spectrum of autism diagnoses. This is predicted to change soon to only one diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder; early recognition and early treatment are the key. ...Read more

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