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What Does Autistic Tendencies Mean
Autism is genetic: Having a sibling with autism definitely increases one's risk of having developmental delays or autism. It does not mean they will definitely have problems. Your pediatrician should be able to perform some simple screening tests in the office to determine if your child has any developmental problems. ...Read more
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
Sure. Autistic : Spectrum disorder is a spectrum. You may have diminished, but not completely absent, facial recognition ; theory of mind. Some teens ; adults with ASD can infer what one character in a book or story is thinking or planning on doing, but not what a second character thinks that first character is thinking. Does that make sense to you? ...Read more
"Into oneself" from : the Greek word transliterated incorrectly as " autismos". It's the same root word as for "automatic,", self-driven, etc. Dr. Kanner coined the diagnosis in the 40's for children who responded more to internal cues than to environmental stimuli; e.g., who laughed or cried without an external stimulus or hummed, rocked, & paid no attention to others, now Autistic Spectrum Disorder Level 3. ...Read more
Varies : Very often that term is used interchangeably with aspergers. In general the biggest area of difficulty for these patients is language and social interactions. There can be difficulty reading and understanding the subtleties of human interactions as it relates to conversation and body language. Interpretation is literal and sarcasm not understood. Sheldon on the big bang theory is good example. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1st check vision &: Hearing, even if it requires conscious sedation for a visual evoked response, brainstem auditory evoked response & eeg if any sign of seizures. 2nd, a neuropsychologist can test his ability to process shape, location & spatial orientation of objects, fine motor & visual construction ability & executive functions. Non-verbal learning disabilities are common in asperger syndrome, not autism. ...Read more
Can people with autism ever somewhat recover from it? I don't mean fully but to some extent can they recover?
High functioning: This term is usually used to describe individuals who have difficulty with social interactions, including not being able to read body language, facial expressions and have difficulty tolerating those who do not adhere to social rules. These people often do not seek out social interactions. ...Read more
If a child is showing signs of autism at an early age, 17 months, does that mean they are more likely to be on the more severe end of the spectrum?
Not necessarily: I find 17 months towards the later end of showing some suggestive findings. Autism is not all one entity although we tend to lump them together under one name. Most will develop many skill sets that might seem unlikely when first diagnosed. Cautious optimism should be maintained as you work with those that will provide needed therapy and direction down this unpredictable road. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Hi billybear! no, having a speech delay does not mean a person is autistic. It could be a sign of autism, but it could just be a speech/language disorder. There are also some other disorders of childhood that could result in a speech delay so it is important to have the problem evaluated. The hallmark symptom of autism is impairment in social functioning so speech delay could be present w/o autism. ...Read more
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