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What do autistic and autism mean?

What do autistic and autism mean?

"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

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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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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Can people with autism ever somewhat recover from it? I don't mean fully but to some extent can they recover?

Can people with autism ever somewhat recover from it? I don't mean fully but to some extent can they recover?

Yes: Many people with autism make a great deal of progress and can function normally in their communities; particularly if they have normal intelligence and mild autistic traits. We are starting to use the term "residual autism" for these individuals. ...Read more

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Someone said i might have high functioning autism, what exactly does this mean?

Someone said i might have high functioning autism, what exactly does this mean?

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

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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 more

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Could having delayed language milestone mean you may have autism?

Delayed speech: Autism,patients,hear well,but do not verbalise,delayed speech or language ,may be and indication of hearing loss,this can be tested by special auditory tests,a speech and hearing center,evaluation suggested ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does my autism spectrum test score mean?

See psychiatrist: You should see a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who can take a thorough history and interpret the test and your score. Trying to interpret the score without getting to know your history who you are, is an inexact approach. ...Read more

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Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Terms are changing: For several decades, pdd (pervasive developmental disorder) was the broad term that included autism asperger's disorder, and several other rare but similar disorders. Gradually, the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has gained favor, and the new manual appear to be doing away with pdd in favor of ASD as the broad term. Also, autism and asperger's disorder by go away as distinct diagnoses. ...Read more

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Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Autism Spectrum: Disorder(asd): yes, possibly. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication ; interaction; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities. Management: individualized acc. To age ; specific needs. Multidisciplinary approach to improve social functioning, communication ; adaptive skills; promote academic functioning/cognition ; reduce negative behavior. ...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