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Something is very wrong with me socially, how to tell if I could be on the autism spectrum?

Something is very wrong with me socially, how to tell if I could be on the autism spectrum?

Social pragmatics: There are many reasons why an individual may have difficulty socializing, among them being on the autism spectrum, for instance
aspergers disorder. You should consult your doctor and ask for a referral to a mentla health professional for further explore youir concern. ...Read more

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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Is sensory processing disorder somewhere on the autism spectrum?

Is sensory processing disorder somewhere on the autism spectrum?

With all due respect: To dr. Rankin, sensory processing disorder is not recognized as a stand-alone diagnosis by medical coding systems, the american academy of pediatrics or the dsm-v. Difficulties processing visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste) & proprioceptive-kinesthetic (relation of body parts to each other & to space) are found in a wide variety of neuridevelopmental disorders. ...Read more

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Is sensory processing disorder on the autism spectrum? Is there a cure?

Is sensory processing disorder on the autism spectrum? Is there a cure?

Partially: Unfortunately, sensory processing disorder is not fully recognized or embraced by all in medical and behavioral and therapy fields. Sensory defensiveness or hyper-reactivity to various stimuli, can be seen in autism, but also in anxiety, depression, mental retardation, adhd of any type and other situations. Many therapies are available, they help some, not all. I'd be wary of any cure claim. ...Read more

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Is Sensory Processing Disorder real? Or just hype? Is an actual dx? Or just a symptom? Is it on the Autism Spectrum?

Is Sensory Processing Disorder real? Or just hype? Is an actual dx? Or just a symptom? Is it on the Autism Spectrum?

It's a real disorder: Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which kids have difficulty receiving and integrating information from the senses. They can be unusually sensitive or insensitive to stimuli. There may be heightened brain activity in response to light, sound, touch, etc. It may have genetic causes and be present in persons w/ developmental disorders such as autism. ...Read more

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Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap. Org or app. ...Read more

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What are the possible therapies and treatments for an adult on the autism spectrum?

Many: Social skills training is available and is often offered in a group setting from speech pathologists. A person with autism can learn and practice how to read social cues and how to respond in appropriate ways to certain social situations. If sensory issues are involved many people can get help from a good occupational therapist through sensory integration. Sometimes counseling can also be of help. ...Read more

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My son is 7 and has limited communication. He lacks the intent to communicate. He can repeat anything. He is on the autism spectrum?

Possibly. Autistic: Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has the deficits in social communication that you describe along with deficits in reciprocal social interaction plus stereotyped, repetitive movements &/or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Diagnostic evaluation, often made at a Developmental/Behavioral Clinic, includes a search for genetic & other medical causes of ASD. See: autismsocietyofindia. Org for resources. ...Read more

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Hi! Can we possibly look at replacing clonidine with melatonin? My son takes Lexapro (escitalopram) due to anxiety and is on the autism spectrum...

Hi! Can we possibly look at replacing clonidine with melatonin? My son takes Lexapro (escitalopram) due to anxiety and is on the autism spectrum...

Work with doctor: Clonidine and Melatonin are very different drugs, not interchangeable. You need to speak to his doctor about your specific concerns. The doctor may be giving him a particular regiment for a particular reason. Do not play with the medications without involving the supervising doctor. ...Read more

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Autism spectrum over asperger?

Autism spectrum over asperger?

Because the same: Deficits in social understanding (e.g., lack of theory of mind & facial recognition) underlie autism, Asperger syndrome & pdd-nos, autistic spectrum disorder is the dsm-5 diagnosis that includes all 3. The myth is that all people with as have " genius" iq's; when the current definition of as requires an iq > 70, in the "normal" range, not necessarily avg. Or above, . ...Read more

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What's a autism spectrum disorder?

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes Asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more

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What are autism spectrum disorders?

What are autism spectrum disorders?

Latest umbrella term: For decades, the broad term for disorders like autism has been pervasive developmental disorder (pdd). It included autism, asperger's disorders, and several other seemingly related disorders. For the past 10 years of so, ASD has become increasingly popular and probably will be the new umbrella term for autism and related disorders in the new diagnostic manual due out in a year or so. ...Read more

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I need to know what is autism spectrum?

A big umbrella: This is a collective term that pulls together several separate diagnoses under one supposedly unifying term. Autism, aspergers syndrome and pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified, make up the spectrum. It is more a term preferred by academics and bureaucrats that track the funding for their specialized supportive care. I find it rather loosely supported by an actual link. ...Read more

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How are autism, and autism spectrum different?

How are autism, and autism spectrum different?

Autism more severe: Autism is the term used to describe the severely affected person. Autism spectrum disorder describes the milder forms of autism where the affected person has some behaviours typical of autism but is not severely autistic. ...Read more

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Is it true that men are higher on autism spectrum?

Is it true that men are higher on autism spectrum?

Not sure of question: It absolutely is the case that many more males than females have autism--in the order of 4-5 times more. Why is not known, but it actually is pretty common in child mental health: a wide range of early-onset disorders, including adhd, learning disorders, and autism, are much more common in males than in females.
That said, females can definitely have autism of the same severity as males. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an autism spectrum disorder?

Biologic disorder: What is now being called ASD is a cluster of disorders that have in common major disruption typically from a very early age in the development of social interactions, communication, and behaviors. The cause (s) remain unknown. The core feature is a markedly diminised to absent ability to socially connect with others. Language is absent or odd, as are some behaviors. ...Read more

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How can an adult get a diagnosis for autism spectrum?

Autism in adults: Autism spectrum d/o can b diagnosed via clinical interview and a collaborative info from the family. There are assesment scales also used for that. It all depends what it's needed for. The treatment for depression anxiety or other issues for some autism does not need any rating scales. Contact a psychiatrist or psychologist good luck. ...Read more

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I need to know what is autism spectrum or pre autism?

AUTISM SPECTRUM: Disorder: cause: multifactorial, genetics play role. Diagnosable at 18m. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication/ interaction, poor eye contact, speech delay, reliance on nonverbal communication, withdrawn ; spends time in solitary play; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities, tantrum like rages if disruption of routine, mouthing of objects. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for autism spectrum disorder?

No, but individuals: With ASD have varied symtoms and medicaions may be useful intreating specific symtpoms, such as hyperactivity or anxiety or aggression with medicaions that are used with other primary disorders, such as anxiety disorder or ADHD. Consultation with a specialist is a medical center may be helpful. ...Read more

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What are classic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

Varies: Autism disorders occur on a spectrum from fairly mild impairment to very severe. Patients with ASD have problems with social interaction, communication, processing sensory information and intellectual disabilities. For a complete list and more explanation look at the cdc site. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/autism/signs. Html. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism, autism spectrum?

What is the difference between autism, autism spectrum?

Semantics: The diagnosis of autism has broadened. The term has also been softened with euphemisms like "asd" (autistic spectrum disorder). Clinically, the terms are now interchangeable. ...Read more

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Where could I find a description of the autism spectrum?

PDD: Dsm is the book and apa and aacap and nimh and american academy of paeds and yale developmental center and every university has a website which has information zero to three also has information. ...Read more

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Is it ok to marry a man with an autism spectrum disorder?

Depends: "it depends if he wants to marry you." there are so many variables that are unknown in any marriage. Autistic people can have happy productive lives with a partner. Make sure you communicate and have realistic expectations about the future. There are adult support groups for adults with autism. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism and autism spectrum?

Not much: Autism is currently a diagnosis that meets a specific set of diagnostic criteria. We know that their are a great number of people who do not meet this set of criteria, but still are very much autistic in nature. This is why there is a spectrum of autism diagnoses. This is predicted to change soon to only one diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder; early recognition and early treatment are the key. ...Read more

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Could any expert explain autism spectrum disorder? Thanks!

Why do you ask?: You'll need to decide for yourself whether we need to medicalize / give special names to natural human variability. Perhaps the real question is, "How can we help a youngster / young adult who is perhaps shy, clumsy, socially awkward, better at strength / endurance sports than team / coordination sports, quiet, really good at science / math, narrow-focused to be HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL? ...Read more

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Can you predict if your child has autism spectrum disorder?

Sometimes: 3 characteristics of normal young babies have been found to be a good screen for autism: 1) baby looks at your face, 2) shared smile at 2 months, 3) frequency of vocalization. If these are not present, a parent should be concerned. ...Read more

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What help is there for adults with autism spectrum disorders?

What help is there for adults with autism spectrum disorders?

See below: There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may help for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

Autism in adults: Adults have difficulty maintaining work or social relations ships as they cannot stay focused. Some jos that involve no interpersonal skills are greatly performed. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have kids with a man with autism spectrum disorder?

Is it ok to have kids with a man with autism spectrum disorder?

A Serious Matter: The decisions to take a mate and have children are likely the most important decisions we face in our lifetime. Our ability to have and/or rear children is dependent upon our ability to parent in a responsible manner and not dependent upon a diagnosis. If you select a spouse with a known condition, be sure that you fully understand the condition and especially the long term prognosis. ...Read more

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My child diagnosed of Autism Spectrum Disorder what should I do?

My child diagnosed of Autism Spectrum Disorder what should I do?

Access Services: Start with your physician and work on a plan to access the local services in your area. I don't know the age of your child, but early intervention services are key. Try your school district, speech and occupational therapy may be necessary. Early intervention with helping your child with social skills training will help! Best of luck and hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
331 Doctors shared insights

Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

A developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more


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