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Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself in the first years of life. Characteristics of this disorder include impaired social interaction, repetitive behavior and delayed language development. Ask questions about disorders in the autism spectrum here.

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There has never been any evidence to support the use of psych meds for the treatment of autism. In fact, some parents report worsening of symptoms. Visit ritalindeath.com and drugawareness.org.   I have two autistic spectrum children. My youngest (15) has been in the drug-of-the-month club s…
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Answer: I have Aspergers and I wrote this article not long ago. It may give you an idea of what it's like to have Aspergers, which is on the spectrum. I have a blog about living with Aspergers, if you are interested in learning more about living as an independent adult with Aspergers/autism. (see re…
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While excessive exposure to mercury can cause brain damage and psychiatric problems, the symptoms of are usually much different from those of autism. The amount of mercury that was present in MMR vaccine was never great enough to cause this in most individuals, and the mercury has been since been re…
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You're probably thinking of Temple Grandin. Her web site is located at www.grandin.com . There have been many stories about her; Oliver Sacks wrote about her in his book An Anthropologist on Mars; NPR also did a story about her a while ago. She herself has published a book called Thinking in Picture…
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Yes. A woman's risk of having a child with autism increases with age. Women in their 30s and 40s are at a higher risk than younger women, and if the father's half-brother inherited autism from the parent that gave birth to the father then the likelihood of him passing it on is slightly increased as …
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I seriously doubt that such a program would be in the best interest of the child whether it "worked" or not. It is highly unlikely that it would, however be successful. Persons with autism assimilate information differently than those without the affliction. Therefore even a program for adult sexual…
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Obviously, from a biblical standpoint there is the advisement against "false witness" often seen as a prohibition against lying. So, if you go from this statement, it is wrong to hide something from someone if they ask you about it or ask you for the truth.Do Christians--both the good and the bad--l…
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I think that this story about a couple with Autism will provide a lot of insight regarding relationships between individuals who have autism... "Living and Loving With Autism - A Very Special Love Story" Here's the link: http://autismbeacon.com/topics/article/living_loving_with_autism_a_very_special…
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Autism is a spectrum, and autistic people vary from those needing a huge amount of assistance, through to people with very mild autism and sometimes only having a few difficulties with social skills (for example, Asperger's Syndrome).Certainly many people diagnosed with Asperger's are fully capable …
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Donald Gray Triplett Autism Case #1According to the Atlantic Monthly the first person to be diagnosed with Autism was a man named Donald Gray Triplett of Forrest Mississippi, he was diagnosed 67 years ago and he is 70 years old now, he has a very great and prospering life.
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Not at all, as far as researchers have been able to determine. There is no known link between AS and homosexuality that research has been able to determine. There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence from adult asperger's groups across the globe and well known networking websites such as aspiesf…
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YOu need to be over 18 years of age, and petition the probate court for custody in the county the child lives in.
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There is a wealth of information and a wide variety of resources on Asperger's disorder on-line alone, and some of these sites are listed following under Related Links. If you are a student, your school counselor may be able to refer you to someone who can give you more information on Asperger's dis…
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I am 18 years old and am so happy that I just found this website! I have been rocking all my life and I never knew why�.well I guess I still don�t. My entire family use to make fun of me �im going to tell all your friends� and when I was little I was very imbaresed of this behavior. Why do I…
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Answer I would not automatically say it was ADHD. ADHD is widely overused and we are doping our children unnecessarily. It is possible it is Tourettes, tardive dyskinesia, a magnesium deficiency, chronic motor or vocal tic disorder, or transient tic disorder . This may also be linked to stress …
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Contradictory responses by WikiAnswers contributors: For the United States, more than likely No. I have to agree with the No. I have researched this as I had an applicant with this high form autism. The person will not even make it to the physical. I disagree... It all depends on the individual; th…
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Yes. While Asperger's has only recently been 'discovered' the syndrome has been in existence probably as long as man has been around. There are probably tens of thousands of people living now that meet the diagnostic requirements that have no idea that they are dealing with Asperger's and that is w…
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Yes, the courts will take into consideration the person or persons who have dramatically helped the child even in a custody battle. If one parent is only babying the child and not getting help (special counseling and schools) and the other parent is, then usually the court will award the child to t…
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ANSWER people just don't understand them, and they don't understand the people either. my boyfs childhood was not all that nice when it comes to his aspergers, some of his teachers didnt like him, one picked on him simply because he was different,( i tell you id have a few words to say to her if …
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Answer Treat them like you would want to be treated. It can be difficult for them to interact, but it does not always mean that they do not want to. Remember that they can have sensory issues, some that make it difficult to look at you and talk at the same time. Light and sound may be an issue. A…
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Answer It all depends on how well the person with Asperger's copes with hand-eye co-ordination skills. I have Asperger's and have to drive an automatic car as I can't cope with changing gears and keeping an eye on the road, however I also know of a few other people with Asperger's who all drive man…
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It depends on the severity. Autism treatment has come a very long way. There are many therapies available. These therapies work on social and academic progress. I am a mother of an autistic child. Hang in there. As long as your child is happy and healty, that's all that matters. Go to the Autism Soc…
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Asperger Syndrome is one of the diagnoses included in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and there are many factors which may contribute to the structural abnormalities in the developing brain that are responsible for the behaviors often seen in ASD. The National Institute of Mental Health has a summ…
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Autism in Boys: Autism affects more boys than girls. The ratio of boys to girls with autism is about 4:1. The National Autistic Society's site (link below) explains more about the different level of occurrence in males and females. Autism in Girls: For the most severe cases of autism, the ra…
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This article is very good. But let me just elaborate a little. This comes from much experience in this area. I have a 15 year old daughter with autism. Autistic children are not always diagnosed by age 3. My daughter was 5 before being diagnosed. She was in early intervention since age 3 though. At …
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Comment:I am a rocker also, and a dr. told me his theory that I do it because I wasn't held enough as a baby, and I'm comforting myself when I do it. It made perfect sense to me.Answer:Your doctor may be correct, but how can we ever know for sure? Personally, I have been rocking while standing as an…
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I've taken part in a research study and it consisted of me filling out questionnaires, doing tasks on a computer, having a MRI scan whilst doing the same computer tasks, and being interviewed, but there are many different types of research projects.
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More than 1 in 90 newborn boys will be affected by ASD, or autism spectrum disorder. It is now the most commonly diagnosed cause of mental retardation.
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Autism (sometimes called "classical autism") is the most common condition in a group of pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs), also known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Pervasive developmental disorders are included in the broader category of developmental disorders. Autism is characte…
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Milieu training is similar to incidental teaching = teaching by using child's motivation and interests. See the related link below for more information.
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hyperbaric therapy effective for ASD Many articles and references are available at this link : http://www.hyperbare.ca/en/articles_autism.html Answer Decide for yourself: http://www.hyperbare.ca/en/articles_autism.html
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Yes sometimes they do because they learn about religion. And a little bit more serious. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. It depends on what school it is. Prep school kids may have more opportunities than public school kids. Meaning they may have more one on one time with the teache…
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Response I think that this question is, if you have a child who has Autism, how do you tell them about their diagnosis. (Is that correct?) I found your question because I am trying to tell my 12 year old daughter, who was dx years ago, about the fact that she has Autism. We just told her very si…
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Answer rocking back and forth is a way of self-soothing. I did it for years and years listening to music with my legs folded and daydream. It was like a high that I could do for hours on end. It became addictive. I rocked from 3 or 4 until 31 years old when I finally started to pull away from tha…
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It is different for everyone People with autism can fall into one of three categories. Depending on what category they fall into, their experiences with autism will be different. -Low functioning autism: People with low functioning autism are not very verbal. They are severely socially impaired, and…
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The website provided below provides a comprehensive list of tips and suggestions if one suspects that a child has Autism. It is extremely important to take action immediately... time is of the essence as early intervention is a crucial factor in determining best outcomes.
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Autism - Symptoms Delayed or unusual speech patterns (many autistic children, for example, memorize video scripts and repeat them word for word with the precise intonation as the TV characters)High pitched or flat intonationLack of slang or "kidspeak"Difficulty understanding tone of voice and body …
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You may be referring to the totally unfounded suspicion that some cases of autism are cause by immunizations. To avoid this imaginary problem some parents chose not to immunize their children at all. While some may just wait a while, or pick and choose which immunizations to give their child and whi…
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Mabey. Though Einstein is frequently claimed to have had many mental disorders, including some form of high-functioning autism (especially Asperger's Syndrome), there appears to be no basis for this in reality. It is true that he was delayed in his development of language, but that is not in itself …
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I have Aspergers Syndrome myself, what I usually hate the most is when someone shouts at me and when I say stuff like 'ok ok, I get you' they carry on about the subject. I suggest if you're having trouble, if you end up shouting at them, just let the subject pass off and then hopefully they might fo…
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Yes. There are online and local support groups. There are support groups for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and for the families of individuals with AS. If you go to the OAASIS website listed in the "Related Links" section, it has information on support groups.
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He was found to have faked much of the data in his article linking the MMR vaccine to autism. He claimed to have found a novel form of enterocolitis triggered by the MMR vaccine and associated with autism. No other researches were able to replicate his findings. The Lancet, a highly regarded Briti…
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Andrew Wakefield Andrew Wakefield (born 1956 in the United Kingdom) is a Canadian trained surgeon, best known as the lead author of a controversial 1998 research study, published in the Lancet, which reported bowel symptoms in a selected sample of twelve children with autistic spectrum disorders …
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Answer if somebody has not yet been able to develop a form of communication it could lead them to feel inadiquate frustrated and angry which could lead to severe challanging behaviour, or feeling withdrawn
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Definitely a link between epilepsy and autism and ADD... regarding the psychopathy, I'll bet in many cases there is an association there as well. I have two children who are patients of Dr. Michael Goldberg, who is pursuing this theory in treating children. You can information regarding underlying n…
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There are more than 3 behaviors that can indicate autism. It is widely accepted that the symptoms of autism fall into 3 areas: social, language, and psycho/motor. Please use the following link to the reputable and reliable Mayo Clinic autism information.
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being one with autism i have noticed that I am full of energy i can pay attention to one perticular thing at one time and i find complex things interesting but i havea mild case of autism and my "curses" as some call it can be varied between another kid with a higher case of autism it's by no means …
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It depends on his/her interests. I taught a girl who had severely limited cognitive ability (2nd grade reading level in the 8th grade) who was on the cheerleading team and did theater. Mind you, she didn't excel at either, but she chose them and she got a lot of enjoyment out of the activities. Give…
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It depends on the person and how visibly autistic they are. If a person's inability to verbally communicate or interact in society is severe due to their autism, then they might need someone to help care for them. Otherwise, there's nothing about autism that makes living alone particularly dangerous…
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ADHD is a disorder where the individual is hyper-active and cannot focus his/her attenion on a perticular objject for the normal length of time. Autism is a disorder where the individual have poor Social Skills, don't know how to read body language and lack the ability of empathizing with others. …
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No; ADHD is a behavioral disorder that manifests in hyperactivity, inattention, and poor impulse control while autism is a neural development disorder that manifests in impaired social communication and restricted and repetitive behavior. Both conditions are on the rise. The cause of this is debate…
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No-one knows the cause of autism, although recent research indicates that it is caused by a number of genes and genetic factors (a previous answer claimed it is a form of brain damage but this cannot be further from the truth). However, some theories about it remain controversial. Most experts today…
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There is no definitive answer to the question of why Asperger's syndrome actually even exists; research has still not been successful in definitively identifying its actual cause or causes.
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Yes do believe so, not including ADD. I think every one in this world has a lack of attention span at some time (add)ADHD is a dif story I think that ADHD is commonly diagnosed and should be renamed: A DISORDER that Hasn't been Diagnosed.I am convinced of it... was overmedicated on those drugs for y…
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Ritalin can help increase concentration and attention control in someone who has problems with those things. Some autistic people have problems with attention control; some do not. Ritalin may or may not help those who have problems with attention. Ritalin will not directly affect the symptoms of au…
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Answer People with Asperger's Syndrome might often feel lonely and isolated. Many find comfort in learning more about AS, and joining support groups. See the related link for more information. ADDENDUM by Parker Gabriel, person with AS: "The most I can do, personally, is attempt to get through eac…
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Answer Generally, if an autistic child improves, people say he/she must not have been autistic at all. Generally, if a psychopath (person with anti-social personality disorder (ASPD)) improves, people say that this person must have been misdiagnosed in the first place. Do people WANT to believe…
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i think because boys have some more genes or something. also i have heard that boys are four time more prevalent to get austim than girls. they have more chance because they have a certain chromosone in there gene that blah de blah
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Answer Currently, autism can not be cured. But with your efforts, you can make improvements. There are many therapists to help autism, like caisen-free diet therapy, music therapy, animal therapy and so on. straight answer no but im autistic and if you dont tell them atall and make them function…
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Yes, severe lead poisoning can cause brain damage which can lead to autistic-like symptoms. Autism being classified as a disorder or syndrome, all that is needed to obtain a diagnosis is to exhibit the symptoms. In this way, brain damage can lead to autism, and, indirectly, what ever caused the br…
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Emotional behavior disorder (EBD) is also known as emotional behavioral disability, emotional disturbance (ED) and serious emotional disturbance (SED). EBD is a condition in which individuals have trouble with a persistent unhappy mood as well as inappropriate emotional responses and behavior. The c…
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The term autism came about decades before the disorder was recognized. Autismus, the New Latin word that autism is derived from, was coined by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler in 1910. He used the term as a descriptor of symptoms of schizophrenia. The word Autismus was derived from the Greek wor…
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I have a serverly Autistic brother and a son with Autistic traits. Basically every Autistic child has deferent obsesstions and behavours. Some Autistic children become attached to objects and others to just one person usually the mother. Some autistic babies talk jabber talk to their hands, most aut…
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A problem or situation that requires a person or organization to choose between alternatives that must be evaluated as right (ethical) or wrong (unethical)
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Response: Researchers and mental health experts are still investigating the causes of autism and AS. Many believe that the pattern of behavior that characterizes AS may have many causes. There seems to be a hereditary component to AS, and research indicates that in some cases AS may be associated wi…
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That would depend on the child's ability to care for himself or herself, it's just the same as leaving any other child alone for the night, if he or she in intelligent enough to care for him or herself then it's fine. I wouldn't recommend leaving a child at a young age alone for the night though no …
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Someone with autism spectrum disorder with a girlfriend? Really? And wants to get married? Are you sure he has autism spectrum disorder? ASD's most common characteristics are: difficulty with social skills, communicating, and interacting. All of those are needed for a romantic relationship. Most wit…
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As far as we can tell there has been no increase in actual instances of ADHD or Autism, but here has been an increase in diagnoses of ADHD - probably due to improved training of physicians. There may be an appearance of increased ADHD or Autism because: Most people are not really experts on ADHD…
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It's difficult. You need knowledge, patience and understanding of the condition before forming relationships with people with autism spectrum disorders. I agree with the above, plus you need to accept them as they are and don't try to change them. They are what they are and if you love them you love…
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As no two children with autism are alike, the best approach is an individualized one. The answer to your question depends on A) THE AGE OF THE CHILD IN QUESTION and B) The severity of the syndrome ie. Is the child very high functioning or is he/she severely affected? The very first thing to do is E…
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A: At present, no, Asperger's Syndrome cannot be cured. There is no known cure for AS as yet, but there are many behavioral techniques to improve the quality of life for people with AS. There are many people would say that even asking if there is a cure implies that AS is even a disease, which t…
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Response No. Autism is a genetic condition. Individuals with autism are born that way.
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There is no right answer to this question because there are so many answers. Autism is a spectrum disorder. What that means is that there is a very broad range of degrees of the disorder as well as problems caused by it. It can be as simple as a social disorder but as sever as never learning how to …
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There are many good things about being gifted. A gifted child always thinks differently which could help a lot. Also gifted children have special talents some people can't do. I know one gifted child with autism who has a photograpic memory. Being this way is not always a bad thing I think it just m…
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shyness, problems relating with spouse or significant others, troubles, focusing, overload on sensory issues, brilliance, will be doing your taxes, or fixing your computer! Autism isn't usually diagnosed until the child is 2 - 3 or more years. There is mild to severe cases with Autism and can vary …
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There is a popular theory circulating the internet that thimersol in vaccinations has contributed to the increase in Autism levels in the US. There is absolutely no scientific evidence that there is any link between the two. When reading material on the internet about this subject, keep in mind the…
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"Stimming", short for self-stimulating behavior, is repetitive behavior such as hand-flapping, rocking, twirling, head-banging, jumping, spinning objects, lining up objects, and repeating the same phrase. This behavior is common in people with autism spectrum disorders and helps to calm them. If it …
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Yes, but unlike "typical" children, most children with autism have to be taught how to be social, it does not come naturally.
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I don't have Asperger's Syndrome, but my son does. But I can tell you that he often feels bad when he says something "wrong." So I would say yes, it IS normal to feel depressed when you say something wrong. Aspies know that they're socially clumsy. They have to learn to think before they speak. It's…
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Savantism is a condition that occurs primarily in people with developmental disorders, mental retardation, or brain damage. A savant has an extraordinary ability in some area that contrasts greatly with the person's normal level of ability, such as being able to remember everything he or she has rea…
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it hasn't changed much. it has new technologies. that is about all that is evident. there is still needles being used to treat it. it is just more enhanced.
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Essentially none. Medical recognition of autism has come only in the past few decades--the first use of "autism" in its modern sense was in 1943. As late as the 70s, many blamed lack of parental attention for autism in children. In the 1930s, it seems most likely that autism would have been diagno…
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A good career to deal with children with autism is a special education teacher. Nutritionist is another career that may work with autistic children.
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Not too much. Many things have been blamed, like pet shampoo, or evem TV. But they haven't found the certain cause of autism yet.
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Not nearly enough There could be a lot more. At this stage ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is the only proven therapy for kids with Autism. However, the earlier you begin with the child, the better the prognosis. ABA is considered to be potentially abusive - training a child to behave against thei…
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Pervasive Developmental Disorders,or PDD, are a range of disorders in which young children display delays in skills, especially social skills. Autism falls into this category, as does Asperger's syndrome and Rett's syndrome.
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Answer People with Asperger's Syndrome typically are very interested in specific subjects and like to learn lots of details about them. They can become obsessed with in obscure subjects and enjoy talking in great detail about them, taking them very seriously. People with ADHD are likely to have l…
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Here's a useful article on the related links.
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Dr. Leo Kanner (1894-1981), who was born in Klekotow, Austria, is one of the first persons to study autism. He was a psychiatrist and physician who published a paper in 1943, "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact", describing his work with children who would now be labeled as having autism. D…
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It would have to depend on what kind of medical career you would want to pursue. Medical transcription career can take you up to 6 months of training whilst nursing career can get you started from 4 to 6 years of education. Different medical career needs different education as they have their own fu…
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gurdwara Gurudwara is a Sikh temple. Hindu temples are known after the chief deity of the temple. For example the sea-side temple in Gujarat of Somnath is known after the Somnath (Master of the Moon) form of Lord Shiva.
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Hi. This is a good question. First, give the child a hug and try to comfort them that way. If this doesn't work, give them a toy or offer them something they like, for example a popsicle or a trip to a nearby playground. If that still doesn't work, take them into the yard and dance around with them …
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The prevalence of autism is higher in children today than it has ever been in the past.
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There are various symptoms that can suggest autism. 1. Person tends to keep to themselves 2. Has trouble communicating 3. Doesn't understand body language 4. Has difficulty understanding other people's feelings 5. Everything has to be "just so" 6. Sticks very rigidly to a daily schedule. 7. T…
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No, Trust me I have it (Hyperventillation Syndrom thst is.). Totally not the same. :)
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That depends on the individual person. It can be difficult, impossible or unbearable.I agree with the above. Plus you need to accept that you have Aspergers syndrome and that you will always find certain things harder because of it. I've found that as I've got older (I'm 36) things have got easier t…
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It doesn't seem safe. But why would you want to anyway?
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Yes, doctors believe that some people are born with autism. Autism can also strike people in their early years also.
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