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When Was Autism First Discovered
In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...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
Active research: There does seem to be an increased risk for schizophrenia in the autistic population and there are been some genetic markers identified that share some similarity in the two disorders. Having said that the majority of patients with autism will not develop schizophrenia and vice versa. As our understanding of genetics increases we will hopefully learn more about cause, treatment, and prevention. ...Read more
Autism: dad's son has it from his first marriage and my niece has it. Are there tests i can undergo to see if my child will have it?
No: Currently, there are no known medical tests to diagnose autism, especially prenatally. It is diagnosed clinically by assessing behavior, communication and social skills typically at age 12m or older. While genetics are implicated, very few specific genes have been found in a majority of kids with autism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I do not have autism, but my 2 brothers do. My wife has no family history of autism. What is the chance of our first child having autism? Please let me know if you want more information.
Difficult issue: Newer studies are showing minor genetic information abnormalities in many kids with autism and these were first studied and found in families with more than one affected child. The defect likely originated in the eggs before conception. You likely just got lucky and have little risk because you got normal DNA. The science is still evolving. A consultation with a geneticist may be your best info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When do signs of autism first appear? Passed MCHAT but was diagnosis with HFA at 3 years. Other than late talking, other signs didn't appear till 2.8 years.
First two years: Autism is a disorder, first diagnosed by leo kanner in the 1940's characterized by a lack of social and emotinal relatedness, there is no social smiling, no recognition of important people, ie mother. Often they have blank stares. Poor reaction to shange, prefer things to stay the same. Stereotypical and repetitive movements (finger flap) and repetitive vocalizations. Dsm5 may change things. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would a sensory integration disorder be a symptom of Asperger's syndrome? my now 11yr old daughter was diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder 1yr ago. however when I'm speaking to others about her symptoms the first comment I hear usually is 'oh
Hi, : Hi, concur with dr. Rinker. Aspergers syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. Autism, is the most impairing of the autism spectrum disorders. Pervasive developmental disorder comes next and children with aspergers are usually the highest functioning of three. Children with autism spectrum disorder usually have sensory overload which includes tactile stimulation. I recommend talking directly with your daughter's psychiatrist about how best to deal with her tactile sensitivity. One quick option is the use of a camisole that is made of smooth or silky material as an undergarment. It is likely to create less friction against the nipples without highlighting just her nipples. Additionally, pulling bandaids off of skin repeatedly could be quite painful - especially in a child who is already sensitive. I hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years.   there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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