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Manic Night Laughing In Autism
I am concerned about autism in my 15 month old. He isn't talking yet and doesn't always respond to his name. He does laugh and play games.
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
Hi i'm 23and have got ADHD and autism worry I am going to be sick every night when it gets dark and that makes me feel sick how do I stop that feeling?
Anxiety: Anxiety is very common in people with autism spectrum disorders. A counselor can help you develop better coping techniques. Sometimes low doses of ssris (prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, lexapro) can help decrease overall anxiety. Talk to your doctor about options. ...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 2 more doctor answers
Autism spectrum: Autism spectrum disorders are a set of complex neurobehavioral disorders that include social impairments, communication problems, and fixed, repetitive stereotypical movements. The most severe form of disorder in this group is classical autism -- but there are also milder forms known previously as asperger's. There's much more info than 400 characters will allow: http://tinyurl.Com/6y86go. ...Read more
Very: There is no "official" age at which the diagnosis can be formulated, however, some of the criteria is only observable (or the lack thereof) after the kid is supposed to reach a milestone (verbal skills, etc). Review the criteria dsm4 and you will have a clear idea of why. That said, some genetic diseases ( deletions, isodicentrism, etc) associated with autistic features can be diagnosed at any age. ...Read more
Kanner's 1943 paper : On autism described autistic regression in ~ 30% of toddlers, same as today. Neuroimaging of siblings of kids with autism shows atypical development of white matter at 6 -12 mos. & decline in gaze directed toward faces from 6-36 mos. In sibs who develop clinical autism up to 18 mos. After white matter changes appear, showing that autistic regression is far more gradual than previously thought. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hmmm.....: Rather than "getting rid of your autism" you may be better served by seeking the help of a life coach. This life coach can help you learn strategies for managing your day to day in the so-called "typical world" making life less stressful. As the father of a teenager with autism, i want to empower you to embrace your autism & work with it, not against it. Use your talents & gifts to move forward. ...Read more
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