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What's an autism spectrum disorder?

What's an 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

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

Depends: "It depends on 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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Could any expert explain autism spectrum disorder? Thanks!

Could any expert explain autism spectrum disorder? Thanks!

Why do you ask?: You'll need to decide for yourself whether we need to medicalize / give special names to natural human variability. Perhaps the real question is, "How can we help a youngster / young adult who is perhaps shy, clumsy, socially awkward, better at strength / endurance sports than team / coordination sports, quiet, really good at science / math, narrow-focused to be HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL? ...Read more

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Can you predict if your child has autism spectrum disorder?

Sometimes: 3 characteristics of normal young babies have been found to be a good screen for autism: 1) baby looks at your face, 2) shared smile at 2 months, 3) frequency of vocalization. If these are not present, a parent should be concerned. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

Autism in adults: Adults have difficulty maintaining work or social relations ships as they cannot stay focused. Some jos that involve no interpersonal skills are greatly performed. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have kids with a man with autism spectrum disorder?

Is it ok to have kids with a man with autism spectrum disorder?

A Serious Matter: The decisions to take a mate and have children are likely the most important decisions we face in our lifetime. Our ability to have and/or rear children is dependent upon our ability to parent in a responsible manner and not dependent upon a diagnosis. If you select a spouse with a known condition, be sure that you fully understand the condition and especially the long term prognosis. ...Read more

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My child diagnosed of Autism Spectrum Disorder what should I do?

My child diagnosed of Autism Spectrum Disorder what should I do?

Access Services : Start with your physician and work on a plan to access the local services in your area. I don't know the age of your child, but early intervention services are key. Try your school district, speech and occupational therapy may be necessary. Early intervention with helping your child with social skills training will help! Best of luck and hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can it be no problem to marry a man with autism spectrum disorder?

Can it be no problem to marry a man with autism spectrum disorder?

Sure!: If you don't mind a man who perhaps has a focus on science rather than ball-games. "Autism spectrum disorder" is probably asperger's, a mixed blessing that gives intellectual focus plus a weird tendency to be a jerk without meaning to be. By adult life aspies are often productive & happy. Accept if he has zero natural social graces. It's more important to love a partner than understand them. ...Read more

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What do I do if I might be suffering from autism spectrum disorder?

See your provider : It would be unusual to made it to adulthood without having been diagnosed and this not something that develops as an adult. An exception would be aspergers in its stereotypical form. If you have mainly struggled with social interactions and perhaps some anxiety, ocd, mood disorder and physical awkwardness it is possible. Start with your primary care provider. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Autism spectrum disorder?

Autism: 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 on the autism spectrum. ...Read more

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Is anything suspected to cause autism spectrum disorder in children?

Is anything suspected to cause autism spectrum disorder in children?

Yes...suspected: Not proven. There is a gene on chromosome 16 that may contribute. Heavy metal toxicity may contribute. Demyelination of nerves in the central nervous system can lead to it as can brain inflammation. There is no causal link to vaccines, but they are still suspect in the clinical experience of many parents and practitioners. ...Read more

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What are the differences between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

What are the differences between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

The same deficits : In reciprocal social interaction caused by lack of joint attention, facial recognition & theory of mind underlie all types of autism. Autistic spectrum disorder is now the diagnosis that "lumps" autism, as & pdd-nos in the dsm-v. There was a misperception that the old diagnosis of as always implied superior cognitive skills. The dsm-iv required a "normal" iq (> 70), not necessarily avg. Or >. ...Read more

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Who do you go to see if you have possible autism spectrum disorder?

Who do you go to see if you have possible autism spectrum disorder?

Your regular doctor: Your regular, primary care physician, such as your family medicine doctor, your pediatrician, your adolescent medicine doctor, or your internist, is the best place to begin. She will be able to begin the evaluation process, answer many of your questions, decide if you need to see specialist such as a developmental pediatrician, a geneticist, a neurologist, a psychiatrist, or a team of experts. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for a pre-schooler with autism spectrum disorder?

What is the best diet for a pre-schooler with autism spectrum disorder?

Healthy. : Autism kids often are very selective about their food choices according to texture, taste, or smell. Try to provide a healthy diet for your spectrum child. Be patient as they work through their food idiosynchrocies. There no dietary treatments that help autism. ...Read more

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Can people with autism spectrum disorder live independently on their own?

Yes: Yes, depending on the indiviual level of functioning, many people with autism can function independantly. Of course there are those at the other end of the scale who will always need some degree of supervision. If you have met 1 person with autism, you have only met one person with autism. Everyone is unique. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that someone with autism spectrum disorder might have?

Delay in development: This is a spectrum of disorders with high functioning add, adhd, tourette at the lower end of the spectrum and lower functioning autism at the top. Apart from "trivial" illnesses in infancy, everythng seems to be o. K until about 2 years when failure of speech and/or troilet training may be the presenting symptoms. Do not hesitate to get it checked out as early as possible if such symptoms exist. ...Read more

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If you had a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. What would you do?

If you had a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. What would you do?

Seek treatment: Early recognition and early intervention are key to the successful management of these young children. They frequently respond to the use of pediatric experienced occupational and speech therapists. As they get to age 3 years the proper school environment is very important. Applied behavior analysis can be very helpful with difficult behaviors. Remeber that there are support groups present to help. ...Read more

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I do not understand the difference between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

Interchangeable: There's no difference between those terms. Spectrum Disorder is simply a newer classification term referring to a family of disorders. The same is implied by saying someone simply has "autism." You are not specifying which behavioral problem they have....just generally saying there is a particular behavior/personality disorder which is recognized with this GROUP of problems. ...Read more

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Is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a bunch of disorders?

Really Both are true: It is called spectrum just because how a person can present can vary greatly. Some cases are mild, some are severe, and the lines are very blurry to tell where one type ends and another begins. Impairments of social functioning is the key hallmark of the ASD spectrum, and some have other issues like communication, speech, learning disabilities, sound or visual sensitivities. ...Read more

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Suppose you had a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. What do you do next?

Find a Doctor: Get a dr who is experienced in dealing with asd, & 1 that is willing 2 listen 2 your concerns. Also connect with support group of other parents, they have been there & can help share experience. Educate yourself about options for treatment. No treatment works for every child, but there are scores of options available. Some only work for 5% of kids, but u don't know until you try something. ...Read more

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My son was assessed with an autism spectrum disorder by an aprn, what are the next steps?

My son was assessed with an autism spectrum disorder by an aprn, what are the next steps?

Seek assessment: You are off to a good start. Seek confirmation from a developmental pediatrician, child psychiatrist and/or child psychologist. ...Read more

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Help please! Is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a group of disorders?

Group: This is a collection of different issues based on abnormal intellectual, communication or developmentall problems. It includes autism, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental delay not otherwise defined. The classification is a needs based one rather than on origin. Classification allows schools and therapists to get appproval for the special therapy they require. ...Read more

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If an adult was suspicious that they have an autism spectrum disorder; what's the way to get diagnosed?

If an adult was suspicious that they have an autism spectrum disorder; what's the way to get diagnosed?

See a psychologist.: They will do a complete evaluation, including psycholological testing, which will almost always give the correct answer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if that autism spectrum disorder is a disease to be cured and done away with or a different way of?

Can you tell me if that autism spectrum disorder is a disease to be cured and done away with or a different way of?

Not cured: But recovery is possible. It matters greatly what the symptoms are and how the person learns to adapt. Watch the hbo movie "temple grandin" to see her story about how she learned to function in society. Many treatments work for some people and not for others. Every patient with ASD is unique their treatment should be individualized. ...Read more

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Is there really an autism spectrum disorder epidemic?

Yes, by numbers: A recent report from the centers for disease control (cdc) estimated ASD at 1 in 88 live births, the highest estimate yet. This contrasts with estimates from 20 years ago of 5-10 in 10, 000. What is unclear is why this has changed so much. Some believe it mostly is because of changing definitions and increased recognition of the problem; others insist it is a true change. Time will tell. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for autism spectrum disorder?

What is the treatment for autism spectrum disorder?

Multi-dimensional: Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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Hi. I have an autism spectrum disorder. Please suggestwho should I could talk to regarding this.

DAN doctor: Ask your physician. Look for a dan (defeat autism now) physician. Look at handle program. Consult with a chinese medicine practitioner for help in treating it as well. In my area I have a fabulous psychiatry practice who is wonderful in diagnosing and helping patients. Look for one in your area... And ask your doc first for a referral. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

A developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more