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What Is The Difference Between Autism Now And In The 70s
Symptom focus: Although the early descriptions of autism focued on impairments in social interaction, language, and behaviors, during the 70's the cause was thought to be poor mother/child bonding and the diagnosis was mainly made along with severe mental retardation. Now, focus in on biological causes of autism, and autism is recognized at all levels of cogntive functioning, including geniuses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Different diagnoses: 35-65% of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - observable deficits in social communication & social reciprocity + stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest - also have intellectual disability (ID) , measured cognitive & adaptive abilities < 70 before age 18. Many Neurodevelopmental Disorders with ID do not have ASD in their Neurobehavioral profile. ...Read more
Symptom presentation: This distinction, introduced in the early 1990's, arose because some individuals had major delays in social interactions and language, along with odd behaviors (autism), while others had good language but problems with the other two areas (asperger's). Subsequent research has shown that, controling for intelligence, the main difference is language--a circular process. It may be going away soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Because the same : core deficits - diminished or absent joint attention, facial recognition & Theory Of Mind - exist in all types of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the diagnoses of Asperger Syndrome & PDD-NOS were subsumed into ASD in the DSM-V. The level of ASD is defined by the type & degree of supports needed for a person with ASD to function optimally, 1 being the lowest level of need & 3 being the highest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A rose is a rose; : a tantrum is an outburst of temper with screaming, hitting, kicking, etc. typically used by kids with limited language to obtain a desired object or avoid a non-preferred task. Ignoring tantrums & modeling developmental-age-appropriate self-calming skills extinguishes tantrums in neurotypical toddlers. Kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder require intensive, repetitive behavioral therapy ...Read more
Many differences: Autism is a specific group of disorders with communication difficulties, inability to react to surrounding people; repetitive movements and sounds. Diagnosis is difficult -- on going p.., o.T. And speech therapy , ay help. Mental retardation implies abnormal iq but has many causes ---- need ped neurologist, geneticist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Introversion is not: A pathological condition but the end of a spectrum between that and extroversion. As long as being somewhat quiet does not cause social problems no need for treatment. Autism is a condition that needs treatment. Folks w/this have difficulty relating to other socially, often won't look people in the eye. They have difficulty w/reading nonverbals. Great plains lab has info and tests. ...Read more
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