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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 (Definition)

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


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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?

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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more