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Is there a simple online test to see if a child has autism?

Is there a simple online test to see if a child has autism?

Screeners only: If you are worried enough about your young child's behavior to be looking for an on-line test for autism, you probably would be best served by seeking out an evaluation with an expert in autism. Screeners are getting better, but assessing symptoms of autism is complicated, especially for those who have not seen many children with the disorder at different ages. ...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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How would a child have medical tests for autism?

How would a child have medical tests for autism?

Medical causes?: Medical evaluation is done in a child with autism to try to find the cause: thorough physical exam, measure head, ears, eyes and more, look for major or minor unusual features, skin pigmentation. Complete neurological exam. Assess all areas of development. Genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x on all; other labs if needed. Mri of brain, eeg if warranted by history or neurological findings. ...Read more

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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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How do you know which form of autism your child has? And is there any type of free online testing that could help me?

How do you know which form of autism your child has? And is there any type of free online testing that could help me?

Evaluation: Nothing will take the place of a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation from a board certified child psychiatrist. Otherwise, anything else will be less than your child deserves. A well done evauation should take a couple of hours, then you should have some answers. If you can get an appt at a major teaching hospital associated with a medical school, that's all the better. ...Read more

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Autism: dad's son has it from his first marriage and my niece has it. Are there tests i can undergo to see if my child will have it?

Autism: dad's son has it from his first marriage and my niece has it. Are there tests i can undergo to see if my child will have it?

No: Currently, there are no known medical tests to diagnose autism, especially prenatally. It is diagnosed clinically by assessing behavior, communication and social skills typically at age 12m or older. While genetics are implicated, very few specific genes have been found in a majority of kids with autism. ...Read more

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Accidental pregnancy. I am 44, husband 55! If all genetic tests are ok, what other issues can affect baby?(I know2% autism). So worried can't function

Accidental pregnancy. I am 44, husband 55! If all genetic tests are ok, what other issues can affect baby?(I know2% autism). So worried can't function

See counselor: You have choices to make. By your statement you have 95% or better chance of having a healthy baby who could be the darling of your life. This is better than most women who face pregnancy. Mom was 42 when my younger sis was born & she was the favorite. To move forward you need to see a professional counselor, in the form of a psychologist or medical social worker & sort out your feelings. ...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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How can I tell if my child has autism?

How can I tell if my child has autism?

In infancy?: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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How to determine if a child has mild autism ?

How to determine if a child has mild autism ?

Evaluation: Evaluation by a developmental pediatrician, developmental psychologist or child psychiatriatrist or psychologist will help to determine diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can autism make a child violent or aggressive?

Yes: But keep in mind most people with autism are not aggressive. Aggressive episodes can be triggered by changes in routine, overwhelming anxiety, someone not allowing the person to engage in his or her desired behavior, or being in pain (e.g. Having an ear infection). Aggression in autism can also sometimes take the form of the person being aggressive to him/herself (self injurious behavior). ...Read more

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Can a child with mild autism lead a normal life?

Can a child with mild autism lead a normal life?

Pretty much: Milder forms such as aspergers are treatable. The experience and training of the child psychiatrist really matter. As does a supportive environment. ...Read more

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How can you connect with a child who has autism?

How can you connect with a child who has autism?

It depends: Focus on what you know are the child's preferences, likes, and wants. Maybe its a toy, activity, or snack--have the child gain access to that item when they engage with you. This will pair your interaction with something they already like---something reinforcing. Some great reading are the book written by drs. Patricia krantz and lynn mcclannahan. They have great strategies. ...Read more

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What are the earliest signs of autism in a child?

What are the earliest signs of autism in a child?

Some early signs are: decreased eye-to-face gaze at any time & ABSENCE OF social smile by 2 mos., reciprocal gooing & cooing by 4 mos., raising arms to be picked up & babbling @ 6 mos., imitating " pat-a-cake", etc. & consistent turning to name @ 9 mos., responsive wave "bye" @ 10 mos., & pointing with index finger for wants @ 12 mos. Having bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") is also a clue. See firstsigns.org. ...Read more

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Can a child with autism end up getting good grades?

Can a child with autism end up getting good grades?

If high functioning: Provided they have the right supports at School making sure that he has an IEP which is indicated for autism. IEP stands for individualized educational program which poses legal responsibility upon the school to help the child. A formal request by letter from the parent can be made for this-stating what are the issues that need support simply stating then that IEP is needed as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of a child with autism?

Superficially..: These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. There are varying degress of severity.Early dignosis and appropriate therapy improves greatly the prognosis.The cause currently is unknown. ...Read more

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Is the diagnose of autism always correct in a child?

Is the diagnose of autism always correct in a child?

I cautiously say no-: However, if your child has been diagnosed with any sort of developmental delay, autism or other, the way to help them is the same; intensive, individualized early intervention programming using applied behavior analysis. While receiving the diagnosis that a child has autism is traumatic, there is little time for families to waste. Start the intervention asap! best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Is there any medicine that a child can take for autism?

Yes and no: There are no medications available to treat autism itself. However, there are medications that are effective in treating some of the symptoms of autism. ...Read more

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Please describe the medicine a child can take for autism?

Please describe the medicine a child can take for autism?

No Cure: If you mean to cure, no. To alleviate symptoms, sometimes yes. For example there are medications to help insomnia. Also aggressive behavior. Check with your pediatrician for help. ...Read more

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What is very mild autism, and how does it affect a child?

What is very mild autism, and how does it affect a child?

Not defined: We do not have objective measures for telling whether a child's autism is "mild, " "moderate, " or "severe" and no agreed-upon system. Typically, "mild" is used to refer to a child with normal or better IQ who has some social withdrawal especially with peers, some language oddities, and some unusual behaviors but who is functioning pretty much at age level without a lot of supports. ...Read more

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