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Doctor insights on: Sensory Toys Good For Adults With Autism

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Will lead toys have link to autism?

Not likely : Unless a toy has been inappropriately constructed they have not for years nor should they now have lead in them. Paint should not contain lead either. This means that the risk of exposure to lead has significantly decreased for most children in this country but the incidence of autism has increased significantly. There are serious consequences of lead exposure that are neurologic but not autism. ...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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My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with toys. Is this a sign of autism?

My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with  toys. Is this a sign of autism?

Not Enough Informati: We can not tell you if his not talking much at age of 2 years and tapping his chin with toys is a sign of autism.I will suggest you get him evaluated by his pediatrician and discuss your concerns with Him/Her as the baby has to be evaluated for normal growth and development assessment to be able to answer your concern To me these two signs do not by itself suggest autistic pattern.Get him checked ...Read more

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14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch: These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? ...Read more

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What are good resources for services or information regarding adults with autism?

Online: Several associations and societies have websites and advocate for people affected with this condition. All of them surely will help you find local chapters in your area, will share tips, support, referrals, resources. ...Read more

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Is there any good data (rcts) on sensory processing disorder in kids without any other diagnosis (autism spectrum, dd, etc)? Thank you.

Is there any good data (rcts) on sensory processing disorder in kids without any other diagnosis (autism spectrum, dd, etc)? Thank you.

The American : Academy of pediatrics & coding organizations do not recognize sensory processing disorder as a stand-alone diagnosis, because it's always found as a manifestation of a neurodevelopmental disorder. Occupational therapists use the term descriptively, but it's not a medical diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I i determine autism in an adult?

The same DSM-V : criteria of qualitative impairments in social reciprocity & social communication plus narrow, restricted areas of interest or stereotypical motor movements with onset before age 3 are used by adult psychiatrists, neuropsychologists & psychologists to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorder in adults as for diagnoses in children. ...Read more

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How can I you determine autism in an adult?

How can I you determine autism in an adult?

Adult diagnosis: It can be difficult to find a provider. I suggest a psychiatrist or psychologist evaluation. Contact your local autism support group for suggestions. ...Read more

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Why are kids with autism especially good at puzzles?

Pattern recognition : & rote memory are strengths for children with autism, characterized by "spikes" in non-verbal problem-solving that confer average to above-average developmental "splinter skills, " along with significant delays in language-based learning. Ability to learn by intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational interventions unfortunately exceeds conceptual ability, social communication & reciprocity. ...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


Toys (Definition)

Toys is a topic that includes recommendations for choices of toys, and for avoiding choking or injuries when playing with toys. A toy is any object created for a person to play ...Read more