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Do blind people imagine images in their minds?

Do blind people imagine images in their minds?

Of course: People who are blind do not have different minds than anyone else. Do you imagine images in your mind? ...Read more

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 “theory of mind” or “mind blindness”?

What is “theory of mind” or “mind blindness”?

Great quesion: Two approaches exist: psychological and philosophical. From a psychological point of view there is a sense of mind that involves an awareness of consciousness and our presence in society and our ability to control our own behavior. The philosophical approach is mind versus body. Do we really exist or are we just a figment of our imagination? What is real vs dream. Are we responsible or blind? ...Read more

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My son reads minds and gives advice about my buddhist books/ he told me he is a "crystal child" and has been diagnosed with autism. Should that be?

My son reads minds and gives advice about my buddhist books/ he told me he is a "crystal child" and has been diagnosed with autism. Should that be?

Autism Diagnosis: Autism is best diagnosed with the help of a neuropsychologist, neurologist or psychiatrist. Here are two helpful websites about autism: thinking person's guide to autism http://www.Thinkingautismguide.Com/ nami- national alliance for mental illness page about autism spectrum disorders http://www.Nami.Org/template.Cfm?Section=by_illness&template=/contentmanagement/contentdisplay.Cfm&contentid=66. ...Read more

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How is asperger’s syndrome related to autism?

How is asperger’s syndrome related to autism?

Related: Usually the asperger patient has better language ability than the autistic patient. One could also consider them to be different sections of a spectrum of continuity. Some people call it high functioning autism. In my opinion the exact label doesn't matter a great deal, it is what are the needs of the child and make sure those needs are addressed. ...Read more

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What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

Considerable: Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays. Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could you go blind from covering their eye(s?

Could you go blind from covering their eye(s?

Only if you are an: Infant, you could have a 'lazy eye' develop, if you keep it covered as it would be underdeveloped visually, but look normal from the outside. As an adult, you are safe! covering your eyes in either case won't produce blindness. Maybe just more restful sleep. ...Read more

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Is it common to develop color blindness in your mid 20's?

Is it common to develop color blindness in your mid 20's?

Unusual: Color deficiency is an inherited condition. Some extremely rare strokes of the brain can affect color perception. Global disease of the retina can also lower color perception in an adult. ...Read more

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What is the rate of occurrence of color blindness in the u.S.?

What is the rate of occurrence of color blindness in the u.S.?

About 8%: The standard statistics for inherited color deficiency is about 7.5% in males and 1/2 % in females. This can vary somewhat with different racial groups. The degree of color deficiency and the type are variable so your ophthalmologist can test you and see in which category you are if that is important to you and also give you information about your family possibilities. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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