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Could a brain pacemaker be used to treat autism disorders?

Could a brain pacemaker be used to treat autism disorders?

No, but creative: Since actual changes in size & density of neurons ( nerve cells), disruptions in connections between nerve cells and number of connections have been found in parts of the brain that process emotions ((e.g., hippocampus) & in the cerebellum, changing the electrical impulses would probably not correct function. Keep thinking, though. Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy does help. ...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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What is asd (autism spectrum disorder) and how can it be treated?

Aspergers: Watch these two shows for my most clear answer. Autism spectrum and aspergers in 8 mins. http://youtu.be/xg1ngp1ngds. Aspergers and the dsm5 http://youtu.Be/f5sfe6dqhro. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really used to treat autism or behavior disorders?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really used to treat autism or behavior disorders?

Yes but Wrong: Altho in use in different places, as often the case with these things , there is no evidence of any effectiveness of this therapy. And the dangers....Beware. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my autism?

What can I do to treat my autism?

Hmmm.....: Rather than "getting rid of your autism" you may be better served by seeking the help of a life coach. This life coach can help you learn strategies for managing your day to day in the so-called "typical world" making life less stressful. As the father of a teenager with autism, i want to empower you to embrace your autism & work with it, not against it. Use your talents & gifts to move forward. ...Read more

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Help please! is autism disorder hereditary?

Not necessarily: Genetic factors do play a role. If there is someone in the family with autism, it increases the chances of getting it. However, in most cases it is not a purely genetic disease. Other factors (environmental and perinatal) seem to play a role as well. ...Read more

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What is used to treat someone with low function autism?

What is used to treat someone with low function autism?

Intensive therapy: Starting as early as possible intensive therapy such as ABA (applied behavioral analisis) has the best success rate for maximizing skills. A team approach is required. ...Read more

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Help please! is autism becoming the most over diagnosed disorder?

Autism: It may very well be. It certainly would account for its marked increase in recent years. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the causes of autism and how to heal the disease?

Multiple causes: Most often these are individuals with a genetically based vulnerability, and inadequate biological screeening out of dietary and environmental toxins and deficiecies lead to abn in information processing and if unrecognized the indiv copig strategies lead to behavioral problems. Is need good accurate dx, then support to address information processig pbms, and diet nutritional change and support. ...Read more

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Wedo not know how to cure autism, but how do they help lessen the disease?

Therapies: Therapies such as aba (applied behavior analysis), speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are some of the therapies which have been shown to help some of the weaknesses associated with autism. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between autism and an autistic disorder in children?

Same: Autism & autistic disorder are the same. As of may 2013, the new diagnostic manual is changing things, getting rid of asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder & creating an umbrella term of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to include individuals with lifelong problems in social interactions & unusual interests or bizarre behaviors. Exact changes are not yet public but will be soon. ...Read more

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I was tested for autism and it came negative- what is the other disease that is similar?

Depends: Without knowing the age of the individual tested and the name of the test used it is hard to say. " autism tests" assess the presence or absence of certain skills and behaviors. These include language, social interaction, sensory issues and sterotypical movements. At younger ages autism spectrum disorders may appear similar to other neurodevelopmental disordeers. Ask provider for clarification. ...Read more

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It seems everyone has add or autism. What happened to all the other disorders and diseases?

It seems everyone has add or autism.  What happened to all the other disorders and diseases?

Publicity: Some conditions catch the media and public eye receiving an inordinate amount of attention.That is case with autism and add. Not that they are not significant problems. The other conditions are still there and just as important. ...Read more

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Is reacvite attatchment disorder (rad) part of autism, or can it be just a condition on its own?

It is a disorder: Is not part of the autism spectrum disorders .A child with reactive attachment disorder is typically neglected, abused or orphaned. Reactive attachment disorder develops because the child's basic needs for comfort, affection and nurturing aren't met and loving, caring attachments with others are never established. www.mayoclinic.com/health/reactive-attachment-disorder/... ...Read more

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Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis of a set of observable behaviors with many different etiologies, or causes. The underlying deficits that cause difficullty in joint attention, gaze monitoring, pretend play, face recognition, processing social/emotional information, social communication, social reciprocity & stereotyped, repetitive movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest are unique to ad. ...Read more

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If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis. It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities. Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings. If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read more

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What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp i. ...Read more

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Two questions: what are the likes and differences between aspergers and autism? And, how is each treated?

Aspergers autism : Think of autism as extreme aspergers. Autism typically severe language delays and cognitive impairment. Here is a video about aspergers. http://youtu.be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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What specialists can help treat autism?

A wide range: Autism creates so many types of problems that many specialists may be needed, including speech and language therapists, behavioral therapists, teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and psychiatrists. There is no true cure for the disorder, so treatments usually focus on fostering developing of delayed skills and minimizing behavioral problems. ...Read more

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Are chromosomal disorders considered as autism?

No: Many kids with chromosome disorders have difficulties with communication and behavior and function similar to autistic or pdd patients in the autism spectrum. By convention, having such a medical diagnosis makes such a label inappropriate. ...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