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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 Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...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 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

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Might someone have lived life with autism and not know it?

Might someone have lived life with autism and not know it?

Absolutely: There are varying degrees of severity of this problem.So it is very possible to function in life , being labeled eccentric for example but actually have autisitc spectrum conditions. ...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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Can a child with mild autism lead a normal life?

Can a child with mild autism lead a normal life?

Pretty much: Milder forms such as aspergers are treatable. The experience and training of the child psychiatrist really matter. As does a supportive environment. ...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?

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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My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

Can only talk odds: Without even knowing your child's age or severity of symptoms, any answer is going to be highly general. Yes, some children with autism get better, sometimes markedly so; however, most continue to have problems lifelong. Usually, even with children with no problems, knowing what kind of life they will lead is impossible to guess until they make it through their teens. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with "high functioning autism at 17 what is this exactly? Is my life ruined because of it? Do i think differently from everyone?

No 'exact' answer!: The current understanding of austism-spctrum disorders proposes that the neural pathways in such individuals is altered to some degree from that in the normal population, such that they process data in a different way. No reason to think your life is 'ruined'! no two people think identically anyway! but, you may miss social cues that others perceive easily- like facial expressions; you train... ...Read more

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Are you born with an autism spectrum disorder or can you develop it later on in life like adulthood?

Are you born with an autism spectrum disorder or can you develop it later on in life like adulthood?

Born with it: You are born with the spectrum disorder typically. It may manifest a bit later in the 2nd year of life when social skill development is noticed . If determined later it was always there but was just diagnosed later . ...Read more

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Whats the difference between aspergers and autism?

Degree: Under the umbrella condition termed pervasive developmental disorders, there is a spectrum of severity where the least severe condition has been referred to as asperger's syndrome and the most severe end of the spectrum is severe autism. ...Read more

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What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

Considerable: Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays. Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do I have a mild form of autism or asperger's? Whats the difference?

Do I have a mild form of autism or asperger's? Whats the difference?

The answer...: ...Is in the eye of the beholder. The latest diagnostic classification did away with asperger's diagnosis altogether, evaluating all social dysfunctions by how badly they interfere with living in society. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between high functioning autism and asbergers?

Depends: Some say very little difference, but technically ppl with autism have some history of speech/language delay while ppl with asperger's disorder have no history of such a delay. Typically ppl with autism struggle more with verbal tasks, but may excel with nonverbal/visual tasks. Often ppl w/ aspergers struggle more with visual tasks but have strong verbal skills. This is not always the case though. ...Read more

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Whats the deal with infantile spasms and autism?

Whats the deal with infantile spasms and autism?

West Syndrome: Clusters of brief flexor or extensor contractions ( spasms) with a distinct eeg pattern; can cause developmental regression. An underlying cause is found in >75%. ~50% have a prenatal/congenital cause like abnormal cortical development , metabolic syndromes. Genetic syndromes. Tuberous sclerosis is a cause that often has autistic symptoms. Also, riskof autism goes up with any brain pathology. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about autism?

Can you tell me about autism?

Autism spectrum: Autism spectrum disorders are a set of complex neurobehavioral disorders that include social impairments, communication problems, and fixed, repetitive stereotypical movements. The most severe form of disorder in this group is classical autism -- but there are also milder forms known previously as asperger's. There's much more info than 400 characters will allow: http://tinyurl.Com/6y86go. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
641 doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

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 ...Read more