Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Carol asks…

I repeat myself alot would you say I have autism and echolalia?

I repeat myself quite a lot on Facebook without realising And I tend to repeat what someone has said to me, never been tested for autism and aspergers nor echolalia I’m 25 but would like your opinion on what you think I’ve got by how I’m describing things to you. Always had problems understanding what people say to me and with what I read I also don’t understand people’s feelings very well either. What do you think I’ve got and how do I go about getting it diagnosed?.

admin answers:

You aren’t autistic or Asperger’s. Period. Obviously you have heard a little about ASD, but not enough to know what the real issues are for people with this condition. Autism is a syndrome, thus it has many differing symptoms. When you don’t mention even on, with concerns to yourself, it is easy to tell you are not on the spectrum. You should visit an autism classroom or group home, or even look on You Tube to see what autism is really like.

Here are the actual symptoms and the diagnostic route.

Autism is a syndrome with many different body systems impacted including sensory, communication, gastrointestinal and intelligence. You can’t pick just one or two and then decide the person is autistic. It is the disability dujour, so to speak. People who diagnose themselves and each other, know just a few of the symptoms, even though there are many. To me it is simply an attempt to avoid taking responsibility for or to explain their behavior.

Diagnosing autism is a drawn out process that requires:
••A social developmental history,
••Rating scales, including the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale or others, including pragmatics.
•Speech and Language evaluation often the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, including
••Observation by a specialist in ASD,
••The Vineland or other adaptive behavior scales,
••An intelligence test, often a non-verbal intelligence test, like the C-TONI test of nonverbal intelligence, since many of these children are language impaired.
••A medical doctor, or psychiatrist, trained in the identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder, though not always. Your regular GP will not do.
••After this process, a team of people who are experts in the field, meet and review the information and make the identification. Most people are identified as toddlers, a few as older children and almost never as adults.

I am going to give you a rundown on symptoms of autism of which you may not be aware, because they are not discussed in the media. As follows:

•Tendency to engage in a very limited activities, tendency to be preoccupied with an unusual interest, such as repetitive patterns of numbers, letters, parts, etc. This is a hallmark of autism.
•Intolerant of the smallest change in their routines or in the placements of objects, another hallmark.
•Gastrointestinal problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea to inflammatory bowel disease. This affects over 85% of autistics.
•70% of autistic people have a mild to severe intellectual disability.
•Some of those with autism are hypersensitive to sounds or touch, a condition also known as sensory defensiveness. They might find lights, sounds and clothing painful and intolerable.
•A tendency to eat non-food items, call pica.
•Unusual repetitive behaviors and/or Intolerant of the smallest change in their routines or in the placements of objects, another hallmark.
•Gastrointestinal problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea to inflammatory bowel disease. This affects over 85% of autistics.
•70% of autistic people have a mild to severe intellectual disability.
•Some of those with autism are hypersensitive to sounds or touch, a condition also known as sensory defensiveness. They might find lights, sounds and clothing painful and intolerable. Common repetitive behaviors include hand-flapping, rocking, jumping and twirling, arranging and rearranging objects, and repeating sounds, words, or phrases.
• Intolerant of the smallest change in their routines or in the placements of objects, another hallmark.
•Gastrointestinal problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea to inflammatory bowel disease. This affects over 85% of autistics.
•70% of autistic people have a mild to severe intellectual disability.
•Some of those with autism are hypersensitive to sounds or touch, a condition also known as sensory defensiveness. They might find lights, sounds and clothing painful and intolerable.
•Some people with autism tend to carry on monologues on a favorite subject, giving others little chance to comment. In other words, the ordinary “give and take” of conversation proves difficult. Some children with ASD with superior language skills tend to speak like little professors, failing to pick up on the “kid-speak” that’s common among their peers. These people are often called Asperger’s, but it isn’t a subtle difference, it is very obvious.

I am saying all of this to try to help people understand that there is a constellation of symptoms associated with autism, beyond being socially inept, hostile or rude. That is why it is called a syndrome. First, you cannot diagnose it and neither can the person who believe he or she is autistic, because if they were truly autistic, they probably wouldn’t think anything is wrong with them, anyway. Temple Grandin, who is among the most high functioning of autistics, took years to understand that she was different and why.

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Question?: Autistic Definition

Lisa asks…

How can you teach a child to be an autistic savant?

admin answers:

But, you can’t do that. At least not that I know of. Children that are born autistic show signs of being savants and that can’t be taught.

See a definition:
“An autistic savant (more commonly known as an idiot savant) is a person who expresses extraordinary mental abilities, often in the fields of numerical calculation (not to be confused with mathematics) (see also mental calculator), art, or music but usually set within the context of autism or mental retardation.”

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Helen asks…

What is an autism statement and cahms questions?

Hi i’m a very confused teenager i find life hard and confusing,

the school think i have autism my mum has got the doctor and school to refer me to cahms whats going to happen next then i really want a diagnoses because i have almost all the symptoms and have talked to inclusion staff about it all still do not understand what is a statement?

admin answers:

I think the best advice i can offer is that you talk to the experts.
The advisers at http://researchautism.net/ have always been incredibly friendly and helpful.
Good luck

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Question?: Autistic Definition

Charles asks…

What is the definition of the word “Curebie”?

admin answers:

“Curebie” is slang term used in the Autistic community to describe people who try to cure Autism – despite the fact that it has already been made perfectly clear that Autism in all of its forms is uncurable, and that people wouldn’t want to be cured, anyway. It’s just society trying to make them normal, they say.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Lizzie asks…

i think i have a form of autism but real low ?

i have bad social skills , i think people dont understand me , i dont get my point across clearly so people just laugh and walk on which makes me want to punch their balls

im way happier by myself , ive almost come to think that no ones there for me but its not true

my mum said she will take me to a clinic or something but my social skills may be bad but apart from that i just have normal problems that normal people have but then what is normal?

its just a comfort zone that everyone wants to be a part of…whats the german word for normal probably schezertuyuyuy

recently ive changed my life but the social skills stay the same so today i was really confident , happy when my mum ruined it by saying im in a bad mood when i said no your just ruining my mood cos i was happy by myself

im starting to develop a sense of loneliness too so thats BAD

not everyones perfect guess i missed out on the people skills somewhere

i had a tough childhood maybe that makes things worse so now being a teenager it feels like the worlds on my back

this definately doesnt help since i have exams like in a month

if i rated myself as autistic 10 being worse ever iwouldd say 1 and a half

admin answers:

Autism is more than just social awkwardness.

For starters, in order to be diagnosed with classic autism, you must have significant delays in your language development. That means things like not saying your first word by 1.5 years, not assembling simple-two word sentences by around 24 months, etc.

You must also show significant restrictive or repetitive behaviors, such as hand flapping, spinning in circles, head banging (literally, not just bopping along to music) and/or strict adherence to non-functional routines (which means having to do a specific pattern of things even though it serves no purpose).

The third part needed for a diagnosis of autism, is as you know – social difficulties.

BUT, autism is not something you develop at a teenager – you’re born with it and symptoms show up early in toddlerhood. Social difficulties must have existed all the way back to when you were a toddler and the very first social expectations were expected of you developmentally. This includes things like not making eye contact (not just finding it awkward, but not even realizing you should), not understanding pointing or know how to point yourself as a tot, understanding nodding etc.

There is a form of autism spectrum disorder called Aspergers, but for a diagnosis of aspergers you need to have all the symptoms of classic autism, from birth, except for the language delays.

From what it sounds like, you are not Autistic. You are an introvert who prefers to be on their own or with only a small group of people they know very well. You may be suffering from some social anxiety too, but that alone does NOT mean autism at all.

BTW, someone who’s considered “low” with respects to autism is someone who’s considered low-functioning. That means they’re not fully verbal, have significant behavioral problems, etc.

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Question?: Autistic Adults

Laura asks…

How to open up topic with an autistic adult?

admin answers:

It could depend on the topic but autistic people in general when you use pictures to help explain things. It also depends on the severity. You might want to check with the family they would know the best way to explain things to Him/her.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Sandy asks…

Do you think self-diagnosis of learning and/or other disabilities is a good idea?

I’ve read some recent questions asking for links that would allow a person to self-test for learning disabilities. I’m wondering if doing so is a good idea, since it could be self-fulfilling; like when people look up medical symptoms on the internet and find that they have about every illness imaginable. (I know I’m exaggerating …)

admin answers:

Self diagnosis in LDs/DDs/IDs is not a good idea,for many reasons including not understanding conditions enough [only have to check the amount of ADHD/ADD questions on the MH board,where many many teens or adults wrongly self diagnose with ADHD because they have only just started getting similar symptoms],biased self diagnosing [it needs views from people that know self very well rather than just self to truly know if the issues existed as a baby/toddler/child or not] ,trying to find labels for basic faults and excuses etc.

People do not need to have a label to say they have impairment,they can always use any impairment/ issues as a starting point to get a assessment with a specialist,but they shoudnt be taking on the role of one,specialists experienced in learning disability [eg,LD pyschiatrists] have done masters,degrees and all sorts of other stuff that doesnt compare to self educated internet users.

A lot of conditions within learning disability are huge spectrums,and they also can seem like other conditions to,it is far better for someone to get a specialist involved and get it sorted out,instead of spending all that effort finding out and diagnosing themselves,as it coud turn out to be something completely different.

Its also very hard to recognise them in tests,especially learning disabilities because so many things can bias the test and make it look like they do have it when they actually dont.
Its like the way some of the most serious iq tests on the internet can class a clever dyslexic as having a severe intelectual disability because they coudnt read the questions well,and that AQ test by simon baron cohen-which classes anyone who gets over a certain level result as being on the autism spectrum but it is well known for letting people without ASD score high [with that one its more of a personality than ASD test].

Personally woud not attach to any diagnosis without being diagnosed,knowing have got a problem/issue/impairment/whatever is good enough to be reason to get assessed.
Woud also not use ‘diagnosis’ in place of ‘assessment’,which many people seem to do,as they have convinced themselves into believeing they have a label,but may be making bigger problems for themselves if they end up being told they have something else or nothing at all.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Paul asks…

What are the effects of long-term interactive music therapy in young adults with severe autism?

i am not looking for anything scholarly and want to read your comments on the topic

admin answers:

Music therapy can help with the core symptoms of autism and improve music skills.

This study tested whether music therapy could improve the behavior of young adults with autism and improve music skills. Earlier studies have shown that brief music therapy can improve speaking skills in children with autism. This study followed eight young adults who received 52 weeks of music therapy. The music therapy involved a lot of interaction with the young adults. The weekly sessions had singing, piano playing, and drumming.

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Question?: Autistic Kids

Robert asks…

Can you describe me a 4 years old autistic kid?

My kid has ADHD and I would like to know the differences

admin answers:

A four year old autistic kid probably does not speak what so ever yet. He also will fixate on one object or sound. Also where the ADHD is hyper and doesn’t slow down much the Autistic kid could just stare at something for hours. An ADHD child would most likely talk and talk a lot, the Autistic won’t. ADHD child will try to do many things at once and not focus his attention on any one thing for a long time. Autistic child will focus their attention on ONE thing for a long time. They both can act out inappropriately. However the ADHD child would be verbal.

These are just general behavours and symtoms as everyone with both ADHD and Autism are different

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Daniel asks…

Teenagers, when you’re in a depressed mood have you thought about suicide?

You know when we try to cope with hormonal mood swings. Have you ever attempted or thought about committing suicide? How long do these mood swings last? I heard they last for a few days but what if they last for months? Have you ever felt so happy for no reason? Like you’re on top of the world or not thinking about what you’re doing and do things more than usual? When you get depressed you show a lot of symptoms of clinical depression and when you’re happy you show symptoms of mania? You get these episodes and they last for months?! Yep I think that sounds like me. I thought I had depression until I recognise I’m not always like that they come and go and you go up and down for no reason? I’m just a normal teenager going through hormones? When I’m in a depressed mood the suicidal thoughts come back for no reason and that’s normal?!! I have autism by the way. Would it be hormones mixed with autism?

admin answers:

Clearly something is troubling you and the only way to get answers is to ask the experts. Voice your concerns to your doctor and tell them about the highs and lows and because you have autism they’ll need to check out all the possibilities like normal teenage hormonal fluctuations (we’ve all been there) or a combo of that and autism or other conditions like bi polar and no doubt several other possibilities. Thinking about suicide is ,let’s be honest , extreme, so common sense should tell you to see your doc asap. May just be teenage angst,you never know.

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