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What's a autism spectrum disorder?

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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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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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 Deficit in social communication/ interaction, poor eye contact, speech delay, reliance on nonverbal communication, withdrawn ; spends time in solitary play; 2.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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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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How do I interpreting autism spectrum quotient score?

It depends: There are different developmental screens that are used to make the diagnosis of autism and they will each have a different method of scoring and reporting the outcome. Most of them look at similar areas of functioning that are consistently found to be atypical in children with autism. When your provider goes over the results of the screening they can give you more information. ...Read more

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Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Not likely: While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance. And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism. ...Read more

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What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Autism spectrum dis: These are all terms used to describe, what is now, a single classification called autism spectrum disorder. This is a developmental brain disorder that affects a person's ability to relate to other people and the world around them in a typical fashion. ...Read more

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Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Terms are changing: For several decades, pdd (pervasive developmental disorder) was the broad term that included autism asperger's disorder, and several other rare but similar disorders. Gradually, the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has gained favor, and the new manual appear to be doing away with pdd in favor of ASD as the broad term. Also, autism and asperger's disorder by go away as distinct diagnoses. ...Read more

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Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap. Org or app. ...Read more

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What to tell me about PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Can be similar: Autism, aspergers (often called high functioning autism) and pdd- nos are all considered autism spectrum disorders and fall under the pervasive developmental delay category. Stereotypically as you move from classic autism to hfa you see an increase in the level of communication, decrease in stereotypic movements and sensory dysfunction and increased ability to be self sufficient and interact. ...Read more

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What are the possible therapies and treatments for an adult on the autism spectrum?

Many: Social skills training is available and is often offered in a group setting from speech pathologists. A person with autism can learn and practice how to read social cues and how to respond in appropriate ways to certain social situations. If sensory issues are involved many people can get help from a good occupational therapist through sensory integration. Sometimes counseling can also be of help. ...Read more

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Please tell me can halitosis lead to a person experiencing autism spectrum symptoms?

No: Halitosis is generally caused by bacteria somewhere in the oral environment or in the air passages. autism has never been linked to halitosis or visa-versa in a cause an effect relationship. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have OCD or autism spectrum repetitive behavior please help me?

What to do if I think I have OCD or autism spectrum repetitive behavior please help me?

OCD vs ASD: You should consult your doctor for a referral to mental health professionals for evaluation. There are many approaches to managing the symptoms of both, non medication approaches including cognitive behavioral training as well as medications. ...Read more

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My 3.3 year old daughter diagnosed of Autism Spectrum Disorder. What is my intervention?

Wide range of things: Find if possible a Developmentalist and go from there. Impossible to answer in 400 spaces! ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for autism spectrum disorders? I have not heard of anything that works consistently.

Yes: A randomized, controlled study of the early start denver model, a comprehensive developmental behavioral intervention, showed, if started at <30 mos. & continued for 2 yrs., improvement in iq, adaptive behavior & degree of autism. Aba done 25-40 hrs./wk shows qualitative improvement even in kids without dramatic improvement as a result of comorbid intellectual disability. ...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?

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?

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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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?

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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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


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