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What is the life expectancy for people with autism?

What is the life expectancy for people with autism?

Same as nonautistics: The life expectancy for patients with autism is the same as for patients without autism. ...Read more

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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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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How early in life can a person be diagnosed with autism?

The youngest child: The youngest I have diagnosed, whose symptoms fulfilled dsm-iv criteria for autism was 16 months. With intensive early behavioral & educational intervention, & language, occupational & social skills therapy, he had no observable symptoms by age 3.. The diagnosis of " social communication disorder" in the dsm v will allow access to therapy in infancy, since stereotypies are often not present. ...Read more

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What are some impacts that autism can cause in a person's daily life?

Many, many: Think of how you'd behave if you thought everyone knows what you know, feels the way you feel, & wants to do what you want to do. You couldn't lie, but you couldn't know why people go away sometimes when you're just stating a fact, why they say no when you tell them what to do or why they tell you to do something you don't want to do. If you think in pictures, language is a second language. ...Read more

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How do a shy person and a person with autism differ?

Quite the opposite: A shy person has an intuitive understanding of social cues and social implications of language (may include subtle gestures and tone of voice). The shy person experiences unease in social situations, which may lead to behaviors of avoidance (e.g. Averting eye gaze). In contrast, a person with autism is not readily attuned to social and language cues. The social withdrawal is not intentional. ...Read more

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Can a person with autism get a flu shot?

Absolutely. There is: no scientific evidence that vaccines either cause Autism or worsen symptoms in a person with an established diagnosis. People with some of types of the inherited mitochondrial disorders can experience worsening of their neurological & Neurodevelopmental symptoms with any stress like fever, including normal febrile reactions to vaccines. ...Read more

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How can having autism / aspergers affect your day to day life?

How can  having autism / aspergers affect your day to day life?

That is life: For those patients, living with autism or asperger is their day to day life already. It is normal for them. Of course, society "attitudes" towards them, rejection, stigmatization might be part of their everyday experiences. They have variable degrees of limitations in every aspect, and they are commonly, fairly adjusted to this. ...Read more

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Can my brother (5 years old) with mild autism recover and lead a normal life?

Can my brother (5 years old) with mild autism recover and lead a normal life?

Think big...: ...Then go try your very best to make a good outcome his reality. It is not however about "recovering", but rather "developing". There are many opportunities to favorably influence and enhance a young child who has been called "mildly autistic". And, there are likely to be new interventions available in the future. Get expert help. And, start right now. ...Read more

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How can autism affect everyday life?

Pervasive effects: Autism and related disorders have significant impact on the life of the individual and his or her family. They often experience social anxiety and difficulty with relationships, difficulty planning and organizing daily living tasks(eg bills and finances), and difficulty with consistent work performance. Look for books bt tony atwood for quality, extensive info on the subject. ...Read more

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How is someone's daily life affected by autism?

Yours or someone: else's autism? Autism is a general condition that can be mild or quite severe. It is characterized by marked decreases in social skills, emotional intelligence, etc. and marked increases in "odd" behaviors--withdrawal, hyper-focusing on subjects, events, things--to the exclusion of others. Here's a starting reference: http://www.autism.com/pro_research ...Read more

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