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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 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 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?

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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How does on get tested for Asperger's/high functioning autism?

Psych testing: A psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician would be two resources for evaluation of suspected Autism. The iagnosis of 'Asperger' has fallen out of favor and is not included in Autism Spectrum categories. ...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?

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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42wf.have 18yrsold.tried to get pregn for 10yrs ,was told <5% chance. Well,i am 6wks pregn! my husband is54! autism,chromos abnormalities.Worried !1?

High risk: you should be followed at a high risk OB clinic because of maternal & paternal age, amniocentesis should be done, keep all follow up appointments, eat healthy & take your prenatal vitamins & folic acid. Best wishes ...Read more

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How to get SSI for autism help?

See your PCP first.: Have your pcp refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist to evaluate the autism then go to the social security office and apply for disability. You can get an application on line. You can contact the social security office and get help from their staff on how to fill the appropriate forms. Once the forms are submitted, they will let you you know if he is qualified ...Read more

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Can autism child ever get better?

Yes: Hope should never be lost with this kids, and patience. However, like everyone else, they have a "ceiling" which should not be construed as a barrier to help them reach the closest to their full potential; everybody has limitations and areas of better performance. ...Read more

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Why is it 1 in 42 boys that get autism?

Why is it 1 in 42 boys that get autism?

Numbers vs real life: Some people have a theory that toxins in the environment may be one of the causes of autism. The word toxins refers to substances that are increased in our world due to our modern, industrialized society. That means all the things that we use, or that are used to produce the goods we have, can be the toxins in our environment. There are too many chemicals or substances to count. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a child to get tests for autism?

How long does it take for a child to get tests for autism?

Hard to say: Depends on what and how many instruments the doctor use and how many hours the insurance company is willing to reimburse. Ranged from 4 to 12 hours and these include doctor's report writing time. ...Read more

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I think i may have some sort of autism. How do I get tested?

Autism test: There are a few tests for adults although there isn't one test that can definitely tell you you have autism. Most folks will use the autism spectrum quotient test for adults. There are a number of sites online where you can down load the test (and even score them). If you are concerned you may wish to talk to your regular doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best way to get my child with autism to try new foods?

What's the best way to get my child with autism to try new foods?

Speech/Language &: Occupational Therapists also work together on feeding issues related to sensory issues in children with ASD. Issues with smell, taste, texture & color of foods can make it difficult to insure that a child with ASD eats a well-balanced diet. I endorse this book by Ernsperger & Stegen-Hanson, but I have no financial interest in it. It helps get past " love the whites, hate the greens". ...Read more

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I wanted to know where and how can I get a mild autism diagnosis?

Evaluation: Consider seeing a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist for a diagnostic evaluation if your are an adult. If this is for a child - see a developmental pediatrician. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
641 doctors shared insights

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