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If a child's father did drugs but the mother did not do any could the child develop autism from the drugs the father did?

If a child's father did drugs but  the mother did not do any could the child develop autism from the drugs the father did?

That has yet to be : Proven, although some old studies showed Cocaine could attach to sperm & children of men with chronic alcoholism have lower overall iq's than the general population. Drugs are teratogens that have to pass through the mother's bloodstream & cross the placenta to the fetal brain to cause damage. While no illicit drug specifically causes autism, it may be part of the neurodevelopmental profile. ...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 are the chances that their child will have autism if the mother has aspergers and father does not?

What are the chances that their child will have autism if the mother has aspergers and father does not?

It depends on the : Results of the mother's genetic testing -comparative genomic hybridization or genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x. Ask your ob-gyn for pre-pregnancy genetic counseling with review of a 3- generation family history of both parents for medical & psychiatric illnesses & review of lab results. Have a flu vaccine & begin folate (folic acid) supplements 400 ?g/day at least 3 mos. Prior to conception. ...Read more

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Chances of autism for fathers 55 and older and genetic changes for mothers 42 . I am 42 and pregnant! (2 pregnancy have 18 yrs old)?

Autism mild but...: A slight inreased risk of autism and autosomal dominant diaorders associated with older dads but a marked increased risk for trisomy because of maternal age. Non-invasive diagnosis of trisomies by analysis of fetal DNA in maternal blood may be done as early as 9 weeks gestation. Amniocentesis is only for confirmation of an abnormal result. see http://www.ds-health.com/risk.htm ...Read more

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What are some signs or symptoms that a parent may observe if their infant has autism?

What are some signs or symptoms that a parent may observe if their infant has autism?

In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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Help please! is autism genetic, can it be passed from parent to child?

Help please! is autism genetic, can it be passed from parent to child?

Yes and no: Autism is complicated disorder genetics of which are not well understood. There is no single gene that causes it and there multiple genes responsible. As a rule of thumb if a parent has autism the chances of transmitting to children becomes higher or at least aspects of it get passed on to next generation. ...Read more

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Hi can anyone please tell me what happens at feedback appointment /outcome with autism intervention team for child , parent appointment only thankyou ?

Parents become not : only integral members of the intervention team, they inform the team of family priorities, strengths & needs. The professionals explain the child's measured cognitive, adaptive & motor levels & the measured degree of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Then, the entire team creates an individualized treatment plan with outcome measures. See: https://www.autismspeaks.org/site-wide/uk ...Read more

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My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped. Is this a sign of autism? I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped.  Is this a sign of autism?  I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

Good question, good: Answers! a 6-mo.Old baby communicates non-verbally;e.g., lifting his/her arms to be picked up. For receptive language, begins to inhibit a behavior;e.g., when you say "no" in a low, firm voice while removing him/her from something you don't want touched. Stranger anxiety, also. The aap's healhy child app can be personalized or go to www.Aap.Org & firstsigns.Org has developmental screens. ...Read more

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Have slim pcos and conceived my 1 year old son with clomid. Just read a study linking maternal pcos to autism in baby. Now so nervous about him! Help?

ASD many factors: Fortunately, the incidence of autism spectrum disorder is generally only 1-2 %, and although there appears to be increase in frequency, there is also more awareness which leads to increased diagnosis. The Swedish study suggested a 59% increase in women with PCOS, which brings the likelihood from 1-2% to 1.6-3.2%. Still a 97% chance your child will NOT have Autism as many women with pcos attest ...Read more

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What are the genetic basis of autism? Is this disorder paternal or maternal?

What are the genetic basis of autism? Is this disorder paternal or maternal?

Both: Parents each give 50% of a child's genes so equaly likely to contribute what ever risk they have genetically. There are some specific gene abn assoc with autism. Snp-single nucleotide polymorphisms(genes that have mistake based minor abn) that result in things like enzyme dysfunction have been identified associated with autism. Most often complex and hard to pinpoint. ...Read more

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If a mother has autism, will her baby have autism too? I heard a cause of autism is through genetics, so i'm just wondering?

Not always: There are some specific genetic abn that can be identified and are often transmitted from parent to child. Most often the genetic underpinning is complex and only has a possible 50% chance of being transmitted directly.Though autism has some genetic basis, it is far from being inherited directly, there are also many environmental factors. A parent with autism is likely to have kids with some issue. ...Read more

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Can drug use cause autism or any learning disability from father?

No: any drug use by the father is not associated with increased risk of autism or genetic disorders in his children. Multiple exposures of the mother during pregnancy have been associated with increased risk of autism. Recently low vitamin D levels and folate in the first trimester have been implicated. ...Read more

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My son is 11months, 1 week he walks on his own and says mama but he is not intersted in pointing or clapping. Should i be concerned about autism?

My son is 11months, 1 week he walks on his own and says mama but he is not intersted in pointing or clapping. Should i be concerned about autism?

A specific " mama": Used to get your attention, with smiles of delight when you look at him & say, yes, i'm mama!" is fantastic! acquiring words to label things is not the same as communicating. Pointing for what you want is a 12-month milestone, pointing to share interest in objects is 14-16 mos. Mimicking simple games like peek--boo, pat-a-cake & waving "bye" is his job now. Just show his doctor at his 12-mo check. ...Read more

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I have a developmentally delayed son with odd behaviour. I have suspected autism, but his mother is in denial.Please suggest a course of action that we can take.

I have a developmentally delayed son with odd behaviour. I have suspected autism, but his mother is in denial.Please suggest a course of action that we can take.

Consider CHAT screen: When infants and toddlers show developmental delay, parents often blame themselves for delays which could not have been foreseen or prevented. I would recommend a chat autism screen as well as a denver developmental screen by your pediatrician. If 2 or more delays in speech, fine motor or gross motor skills, your pedi should refer you to a developmental specialist and speech/physical therapy. ...Read more

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My mother was heavily exposed to Agent Orange when she was pregnant with me. Could it have contributed to my autism?

May have...: There is no research that I have found that Agent Orange is causative for autism (I wish we had some research that showed SOMETHING was causative but that still doesn't exist); however, there are some reports of increases in developmental delays and parental reports of Autism spectrum symptoms in those with prenatal exposure. ...Read more

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While pregnant, if the mother smokes marijuana does it increase the chances of baby having autism, or any type of disabilities?

While pregnant, if the mother smokes marijuana does it increase the chances of baby having autism, or any type of disabilities?

In a way, yes: Some of the toxins you inhale with every cigarette will enter your blood and travel thru the umbilical cord to baby.It is well documented that the newborn of a marijuana smoker will have a smaller skull volume & the question of related learning problems has been difficult to sort out. Reliable data based on single agent exposure is not readily available. ...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