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Strengths And Weaknesses Of Autism
Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks.org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more
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
PDD-NOS: The diagnostic and statistical manual iv-text revision defines pervasive developmental disorder as having some, but not all, of the criteria for autism. The dsm-v will combine pdd-nos, asperger's syndrome and autism into autistic disorder, so that all children " on the spectrum" may receive funding and services. Autistic disorders are neurodevelopmental, but still defined as psychiatric disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap.Org or app. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autistic Spectrum : Disorder causes diminished or absent Theory Of Mind (TOM), face recognition, social communication & social reciprocity. TOM = the ability to understand that others may react to a stimulus differently than oneself or have a different point of view. Social Anxiety or Social Phobia, discomfort around social interaction & fear of being embarrassed & judged by others, has none of the above deficits. ...Read more
Currently, the sole : diagnosis in the DSM-V is Autistic Spectrum Disorder Levels 1,2 & 3. ASD level 1, formerly Asperger Syndrome (AS) has the same underlying deficits in Theory Of Mind, face recognition & joint attention as 2 &3. However, the atypical microscopic structure of brains of children & adults with "AS" & "Autism" varies enough that some researchers feel that they are different disorders. Stay tuned. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not at all: Bipolar disorder (bd) is a waxing and waning problem with mood--depression or mania. Autism is a sustained problem with impairments in social interaction, language, and odd or unusual behaviors. Autism starts early in life and is not something you can "catch" later; bd most commonly starts in teens or later. Bd is responsive to medication; autism is not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The same deficits : In reciprocal social interaction caused by lack of joint attention, facial recognition & theory of mind underlie all types of autism. Autistic spectrum disorder is now the diagnosis that "lumps" autism, as & pdd-nos in the dsm-v. There was a misperception that the old diagnosis of as always implied superior cognitive skills. The dsm-iv required a "normal" iq ( > 70), not necessarily avg. Or >. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Autistic Spectrum -: Disorder & ADHD are neurodevelopmental disorders, each with its own neurobehavioral profile determined by history & specific observable behaviors. They are categorical diagnoses, not etiologic diagnoses that explain the genetic or other medical condition that causes the symptoms in a individual. 40-70% of children & teens with ASD also have ADHD & require multi-modal treatment for both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One option: I don't know the best job. But the military can be both mentally & physically challenging. ...Read more
Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
IQ measure: Mental retardation only reflects points in a scale of intelligency, determined through standarized tests. Autism, on the other hand, is a set of typical behaviors considered abnormal, in different areas of functioning. Dsm 4 criteria is available online, check it out. Both conditions may coexist. ...Read more
Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for people who have qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocity + stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. ASD level 1 is diagnosed if a person with impaired Theory of Mind, face recognition, social reciprocity & social communication who has cognitive, adaptive & many areas of language skills in the normal range. ...Read more
How come the diagosis of autism spectrum disorders sort of swallowed up all the disabled children?
It hasn't.: There are lots of disabilities other than autism spectrum disorders. The reason why it seems that autism diagnoses are more common is that we have learned that autism is not just the severe form (like rain man), but includes a whole spectrum, ranging from severe down to very mild (like asperger's syndrome). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is adhd, add and odd forms of autism like aspergers, alway thought they were part of the spectrum?
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