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What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

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

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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On the spectrum children and autism?

On the spectrum children and autism?

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 more

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How are autism, and autism spectrum different?

How are autism, and autism spectrum different?

Autism more severe: Autism is the term used to describe the severely affected person. Autism spectrum disorder describes the milder forms of autism where the affected person has some behaviours typical of autism but is not severely autistic. ...Read more

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Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

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 more

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Please describe the strengths and weaknesses of the knee joint?

Please describe the strengths and weaknesses of the knee joint?

Muscle/ligaments: Muscle gives u the strength u need to move and protect ur knee. Ligaments guide the motion and r injured when the muscles fail or the stress is 2 great for any muscle 2 help. ...Read more

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What are the differences between autism and social anxiety?

What are the differences between autism and social anxiety?

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

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Are Aspergers and autism the same condition?

Are Aspergers and autism the same condition?

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 more

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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

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 more

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Are the symptoms of bipolar and autism similar?

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 more

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What are the differences between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

What are the differences between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

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 more

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How are autism, aspergers and ADHD different?

How are autism, aspergers and ADHD different?

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 more

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Which job types provide the best combination of physical and mental challenges?

One option: I don't know the best job. But the military can be both mentally & physically challenging. ...Read more

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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

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 more

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How are mental retardation and autism different?

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

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What are the symptoms of Aspergers and autism?

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

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How come the diagosis of autism spectrum disorders sort of swallowed up all the disabled children?

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 more

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Will neurofeedback help with aspergers. Specifically motor skills and hand eye coordination?

Will neurofeedback help with aspergers. Specifically motor skills and hand eye coordination?

I found a site : That mentions eye hand coordination as 1st thing it can help with, although they did not speak about aspergers here's the link http://www.brain2.com.au/service/neurofeedback ...Read more

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How are aspergers and autism different?

Autism spectrum D/O: Aspergers is one of the autism spectrum disorders. Children with aspergers are higher functioning than children with pervasive developmental disorder or full blown autism. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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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