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How do you recommend I act around my friend's autistic sister?

How do you recommend I act around my friend's autistic sister?

Like yourself: Be friendly, smile, treat her like the human being and individual that she is, and talk to her normally. She may or may not be able to respond depending upon the severity of her condition. That does not however mean that she does not understand. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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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


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Any medications to make autistic folks act more socially acceptable?

Any medications to make autistic folks act more socially acceptable?

More functional? YES!: It is extremely complex to treat, but see a true expert for multi-dimensional care & to customize the treatment. Increasingly, psychoactive meds play an important role. Fairly common & non-standard meds need be considered carefully & selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. ...Read more

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What if my husband was a autistic child and never treated how would he act today at 52 and how to deal with it?

What if my husband was a autistic child and never treated how would he act today at 52 and how to deal with it?

Autism is a complex: Disorder which a large spectrum of behaviors/problems. I highly suggest you take him to a unperson therapist apt to see how /what they think of his functioning and ability to be emotionally responsive to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I should act infront of someone with autism?

Calm: People with autism don't deal well with change. They can become agitated if there is too much going on. So try to be calm, quiet and not add to the confusion or noise. Try to be understanding of their idiosyncrasies and possible tantrums or outbursts. ...Read more

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Why would there be controversy over the combating autism act?

Autism 'controversy': What is 'autism act'? Never heard about it. There is no 'controversy' about diagnosis, , and symptomatic treatment, or usefulness of early intervention. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me why my 3 year old daughter is flicking ehr tongue in and out really fast all day long we were told she has sensory intergretion they also thought autism but the nuero she saw said no she doesnt, she act evry young for her age she isn't p

Can anyone tell me why my 3 year old daughter is flicking ehr tongue in and out really fast all day long we were told she has sensory intergretion they also thought autism but the nuero she saw said no she doesnt, she act evry young for her age she isn't p

An assessment by: Child find of your public school district will define her overall developmental levels & any degree of autism she may have for early childhood special education without a diagnosis or toileting. Tongue-flicking may indicate seizure activity, found in children with developmental delays +/- autism. You may ask for another opinion from a child neurologist or developmental/behavioral pediatrician. ...Read more

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How to know your child is autistic?

How to know your child is autistic?

ASD: This site is an excellent reference, but having your child evaluated is the best way. Http://www. Firstsigns. Org ...Read more

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How to stop an autistic adolescent cursing?

How to stop an autistic adolescent cursing?

Follow Dr. Rankin's: Advice; check for tourette syndrome & ask his behavioral therapist or school psychologist to do a functional behavioral assessment & help you devise a "token economy system" for using only nice words. Calmly explain the words that are " not okay." set a period of time to monitor his utterances, after explaining a rule; e.g., that he earns tv/computer time only by using nice words. ...Read more

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Why can't autistic people join the military?

AGree w Dr. Fricke: "Current or history of other mental disorders (all 290–319 not listed above) that in the opinion of the civilian or military provider will interfere with, or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty, are disqualifying." See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic. Htm ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of borderline autistic????

Autism spectrum.: The reason why we currently refer to autism as a spectrum is that there are numerous symptoms and complexes of symptoms that can be considered under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder. Some would be considered autism proper, while others would be considered in a more general grouping of autism spectrum disorders. Hard to answer a question without full evaluation. ...Read more

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What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

What will happen if an autistic child gets high?

Exposing or allowing: Any child access to illicit drugs, like passive smoking of marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, etc., is Child Abuse. Kids' tox screens can be + for inhalants. Laws require doctors, therapists, school nurses, teachers, etc., to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services. Most kids with ASD tolerate tiny doses of psychotropic meds, but some develop mania, psychosis, stupor, etc. ...Read more

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Why are autistic children so sensitive to stimuli?

Structure & function: Of the autistic vs. Neurotypical (NT) brain differ. Activation on fMRI of frontal & temporal cortex in teens with ASD vs. NT's exposed to 2 slightly noxious stimuli showed = initial sensations but over-reactivity in processing & interpretating them in those with ASD, consistent with anatomical findings of small patches of disorganized neurons in the layers of the frontal & temporal cortex in ASD ...Read more

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My niece is autistic, is this a risk for my children?

My niece is autistic, is this a risk for my children?

That depends on the: Results of her Chromosonal Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X, whether she is your sister's or brother's child & your 3-generation family medical &/or psychiatric history of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & illnesses in which the incidence of ASD is increased. It also depends on your taking. 4mg. Of Folic Acid daily starting 3 mos. Before & having a flu vaccine 2 mos. Before conception. ...Read more

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Is there any signs for being an autistic child silent?

Is there any signs for being an autistic child silent?

Pre-school aged: Children with autistic spectrum disorder who have have good pattern recognition & rote memory for learning shapes, colors, numbers & letters & talk about their narrow, repetitive areas of interest like " little professors" may go undiagnosed until social demands unmask non-compliance for following directions for non-preferred activities & lack of interactive, reciprocal pretend play with peers. ...Read more

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What is the probability of us having an autistic child?

What is the probability of us having an autistic child?

Decrease risks: Maybe the question should be how can we minimize our chances.
We can not ignore environmental factors and the ammount of chemicals in our life.
How is your diet? Do you find yourselves eating fast food frequently? How much toxins are you exposed to?
It is probablyi mportant to "detoxiify" our bodies prior to conception, some studies strongly suggest this link, and to some medication types. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to determine if I am autistic?

See a professional: Kindly refer to my other answers on autism and aspergers syndrome. It is best if you make an appointment with a specialist in the field and I would recommend starting with a psychiatrist. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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What are the telltale signs of how autistic people behave?

Isolated & odd: Autism is defined by a triad of symptoms whose interrelationships are not well understood. 1st is a markedly diminished or absent interest in and ability to use social interactions. 2nd is language abnormalities ranging from none at all to limited, echoing with odd tonal quality. 3rd are odd behaviors from flapping to narrow, intense interest in unusual topics or objects. Starts before age 3. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I tell if someone is autistic?

Autism: Autism is best diagnosed by experienced professionals. However, you might notice that the person does not appear connected with others, has poor eye contact, and does not communicate with them. There are varying degrees of autism, and with some you might not be able to tell anything is wrong. Asperger's is part of autistic spectrum disorders; many of these people are extremely high functioning. ...Read more

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I think I'm slightly autistic but I'm not sure. What would I need to do?

Psych evaluation: Meet with a clinician in you area and consider psychological testing along with a careful medical and psychosocial evaluation to confirm your diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is autism transmitted?

Is autism transmitted?

Its not contagious,: If that's what you mean. There are genetic links that run in families, so in that sense there is greater likelihood of ending up with autism or something related if one or more of your biological parents has it. But, genetics is very far away from being able to predict what child will get it, given the parent's symptoms. If this is your concern, find a genetic counselor for the latest... ...Read more

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Is autism misunderstood?

By some yes,: Autism can present so many different levels of severity. Impaired social skills, impaired communication, impaired relationships can present in different degrees in different people. From my perspective, some with partial symptoms, not enough for a formal diagnosis, still can benefit from treatment to improve. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

What is an "autism stare"?

Failure to: Make eye contact. Gaze avoidance. A blank look on one's face, not visually interacting. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

Uncomfortable gaze: Kids with autism are uncomfortable with eye contact. They can learn in therapy to make eye contact and often what happens is they can develop a trained "stare" in which they are trying to make eye contact (which is terribly innately uncomfortable for them) and they end up " over doing it" so to speak. I think this is what you are referring to. ...Read more

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What are the cause of autism?

Not Yet: We know from results of massive amounts of research that immunizations are not the cause. As yet, there are many theories, but nothing remotely proven. ...Read more

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How to know if I have autism?

I doubt it: Chances are, if you are writing FOR YOURSELF right now. You do NOT have autism. An autistic person wouldn't care enough about it nor be understanding of the vast outside world enough to write the question and ask the internet.
Hope that helped.
Be well :) ...Read more

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What are some signs of autism?

What are some signs of autism?

Lack of social skill: Autism usually presents with a delay in language skills and lack of social skills. Watch for eye contact which should be present but often is not in autism. They frequently do not respond to their name and often have repetitive and unusual behaviors. ...Read more

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How to know if you have autism?

How to know if you have autism?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand THAT other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely than just social anxiety or other issues. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism?

What are the symptoms of autism?

ASD: Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013, it is called autism spectrum disorder. Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas.
Social interaction, communication (verbal and nonverbal), behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist. ...Read more