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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 (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 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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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