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How common is it for somebody to get autism?

How common is it for somebody to get autism?

Depends: The current belief is that 1 out of 150 children can be diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. However, there is concern that the criteria for autistic spectrum disorder are to broad. ...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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I want to vaccinate our baby but I am so scared of causing autism. Alternative schedules? Any suggestions?

I want to vaccinate our baby but I am so scared of causing autism. Alternative schedules? Any suggestions?

Confusion understood: Over the past 3 decades the vaccine haters have claimed they cause crib death, cerebral palsy & now autism. Research suggesting autism with vaccines was found to be fraud & the doctors lost their licenses. We know the present protocol for vaccine use is safe & effective & doesn't cause autism. Alternate schedules have no benefit to baby & increase the pain days of infancy. Discuss with ur dr. ...Read more

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How old is too old to get tested for autism or aspies?

How old is too old to get tested for autism or aspies?

Depends: Depends on what tests the psychologist uses. Some are good for kids till 22 years old, one can be used on people 6 years of age and above. ...Read more

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Does someone with autism commonly get over loud noise?

Noise sensitivity: It is possible to get over sensitity to loud noises. Those who are most anxious are most susceptable. Cognitive behavioral training may help reduce the anxiety levevel. If necessary some antianxiety medications may also help. ...Read more

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Can there be a reason to get final diagnoses of autism?

Yes: Although an official diagnosis is not needed to start necessary therapies do not be afraid of a label. Some therapies like aba, which are very helpful, are not covered without an official diagnosis. Other services, like respite care or grants and other funding may not be accessible without it. If social security is needed for long term care it will also be necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if i didn't want my kid to get autism, so i refused the MMR for him?

What to do if i didn't want my kid to get autism, so i refused the MMR for him?

Sad for your kid: You took a myth created as fraudulent research by dr wakefield (who lost his license because of the fraud) and now leave your child susceptible to an illness that can kill him.We are now finding genetic errors in kids with autism that are present at conception.There is no link to the mmr, although their are many that continue to push the idea. It is sad that parents are caught up in this battle. ...Read more

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For what length of time does it take for children to get diagnosed with autism?

M-CHAT...: ...Is valid starting at about 18 months. The shorter version is available here: http://www.Howtolearn.Com/2012/04/the-long-the-short-of-it-autism-screening-test-goes-mini-for-maxi-time-savings/. ...Read more

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Read article today saying courts have confirmed MMR and autism link. My son is getting ready to get his 1 year shots! what do I do? Help!

There is no link: There has not been a study that has passed muster with the medical comminity that has linked MMR or any other immunization with the develoopment of Autism. At best it an urban myth. those who claim a link are preying on families desterate to find a cuase of their child's autism. do not fear having your child immunized. ...Read more

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My son has autism. He is not a picky eater however he will not sit to eat. Sometimes I have to feed him to get him to eat. What can I do about this?

My son has autism. He is not a picky eater however he will not sit to eat. Sometimes I have to feed him to get him to eat. What can I do about this?

Behavioral therpay: A little compromise, reward mechanism and positive feedback helps. For example, if the autistic child likes a certain activity or desert, one can use those as a positive reinforcement tool. A reward mechanism is created where the child knows he or she will get rewarded after the meal is completed. One on one consultation with a behavior therapist can provide many tools. You are a good mom. ...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