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What is an "autism stare"?

What is an "autism stare"?

Failure to: make eye contact. Gaze avoidance. A blank look on one's face, not visually interacting. ...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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What is an "autism stare"?

What is an "autism stare"?

Uncomfortable gaze: Kids with autism are uncomfortable with eye contact. They can learn in therapy to make eye contact and often what happens is they can develop a trained "stare" in which they are trying to make eye contact (which is terribly innately uncomfortable for them) and they end up " over doing it" so to speak. I think this is what you are referring to. ...Read more

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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors : Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks.post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...Read more

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Is it know what way is autism inherited?

No: There are many types of autism presentations as well as inheritance. For some indiv there are actually identified genetic abn(pku untreated is autism), some inheritance is of genetics for abnormal enzyme function, (poor digestion of certain proteins)for many at most a vulnerability is inherited. ...Read more

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What statements about autism is coorect ?

What statements about autism is coorect ?

Autism : Autism , is a condition that children are born with . There are three major areas of impairment.:communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors or interests. Every individual is affected differently. The autism speaks website has good basic information explaining what to look for if you suspect autism. ...Read more

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What is a autism multi disaplinary assesment in child who's 5 , does this lead to dignosis thanks?

What is a autism multi disaplinary assesment in child who's 5 , does this lead to dignosis thanks?

A multidisciplinary: Assessment might include input from providers such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, speech/ language pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker, special education specialist or a developmental specialist. Yes, the purpose is to make a diagnosis ; to help determine the child's needs. Take care. ...Read more

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I need to know what is an autism assessment like?

Medical vs school: Evaluations by physicians include assessment of symptoms through interviews of child and parents and diagnostic laboratory tests to rule out other similarly presenting conditions like pku that would require different approaches to treatment. School evaluations are by interdisciplinary teams of educational professionals. Reference: http://www.Autism-society.Org/about-autism/diagnosis/. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs when autism DNA is damaged?

Under study: We began looking into some common features in families with several autistic kids after sequencing human DNA.Anomalies in the DNA have been found in some.If you think of our DNA as a library of information,the anomalies they have found are at the level of words in a book.Misinformation, like misprints called codon insertions or deletions have been noted.These are likely present at conception ...Read more

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What is an autism doctor called?

Confusing question: There are few if any doctors that only deal with autism. Within the treating universe for this condition are primary care docs, pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, speech pathologists, applied behavior analysts, and the list goes on. ...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