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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 6 Year Old

Donna asks…

Adderall!!!! How long before it stops working?

I have been taking adderal for about 3 years now, I only take 20 mg 2x’s a day. I don’t think it’s really working anymore but I am scared to tell my doctor because I don’t want her to tell me I need to take a break from it.
Any ideas of what to do or when it should stop working???

admin answers:

I looked for awhile and found this. I also attached a link so you can look. Hope this helps.


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Is adderall addicting?
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, Apr 02, 2000 12:00AM
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My 5 year old son takes 20mg.tbs of adderallAdderall
Adderall xr 3 times a day, 7am,12noon,and 5pm.We are talking about increasing his mgs.When we moved him from 10mgs.,to 20mgs,I could see a differance in him.Now, he is backBack pain – low
Back strain treatment to his old ways.Can he get immuned to this medicationAllergic reactions to medication
Drug allergies
Drug-induced hypertension
Getting a prescription filled
Home pharmacy
Inhaler medication administration?He is starting with “I’m scared”when it’s time to go to bed.Is he getting to much medicationAllergic reactions to medication
Drug allergies
Drug-induced hypertension
Getting a prescription filled
Home pharmacy
Inhaler medication administration?His appetite is good so, i’m not worried about that.I want to now if ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), is a disability or is it a disorderAdjustment disorder
Anorexia nervosa
Asperger syndrome
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd)
Autoimmune disorders
Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder
Bleeding disorders
Borderline personality disorder
Bulimia that we have to work with.I am curious if alot of his behaviorAutistic behavior
Behavior – unusual or strange
Suicide and suicidal behavior
Temper tantrums is a behaviorAutistic behavior
Behavior – unusual or strange
Suicide and suicidal behavior
Temper tantrums problem or if it’s the ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd).I want to go to work but, there is no one I can leave him with that I can trust to understand ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd).I feel that noone can handle him the way I can.If someone can just answer the few questions I have asked, it would be GREATLY appericated..

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To diagnose ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), the patientKidney diet – dialysis patients for at least 6 months has had symptoms of that is maladaptive and inconsistent with his develpmental level

[a]inattention (eg. Difficulty sustaining attentionAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), often does not listen when spoken to, etc)

[b]hyperactivityAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd)
Hyperactivity(eg. Fidgetines, is often “on the go” etc.)

[c]impulsivity (eg. Often has difficulty awaitin ghis turn, blurts out answers before question have been completed

No one really knows the reason why a medicationAllergic reactions to medication
Drug allergies
Drug-induced hypertension
Getting a prescription filled
Home pharmacy
Inhaler medication administration that used to work seem to lose its efficacy in time.

At this age, it is fairly commonCommon cold for them to be afraid to go to bed because of “the dark or the monsters”.

Although AdderallAdderall
Adderall xr is a controlled substanceDrug abuse because of its potential for abuseAlcoholism
Chemical dependence – resources
Child abuse – physical
Child abuse – sexual
Child neglect and psychological abuse
Drug abuse
Drug abuse and dependence
Drug abuse first aid
Family troubles – resources
Laxative overdose
Signs of drug abuse in the streets, studies show that it does not cause addictionDrug abuse and dependence to childrenChild neglect and psychological abuse
Child safety seats
Child tylenol cold multi-symptom plus cough
School age child development who uses it to treat ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd).

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Question?: Adhd In Children

Nancy asks…

What will happen to a boy with ADHD if his parents ignore it and always blame him for daydreaming?

in school and acting wild and not having any friends (since no one wants to be friends with an ADHD child.) or getiing summer jobs or jobs on the weekends or after school.

And the school doesn’t care and just promote the students at the end of the year no matter what their academic achievements are.

ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

What kind of emotional scars will such a child have.
What kind of an adult will this child turn out to be?

admin answers:

He would probably stop trying because no matter how hard he tries his parents will constantly tell him that he’s stupid and that his low grades are proof of it even though he tries really hard to focus on what the teacher said. That’s what happened with me.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Joseph asks…

What’s the diffference between neurofeedback and biofeedback?

And which is better for treating mental disorders?

admin answers:

Actually, Neurofeedback is a very specific type of Biofeedback according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurofeedback
“Neurofeedback… Is a type of biofeedback that uses realtime displays of electroencephalography to illustrate brain activity, often with a goal of controlling central nervous system activity.”

I also points out “The most common and well-documented use of neurofeedback is in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…” and “Other areas where neurofeedback has been researched include treatment of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, OCD, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, cognitive impairment, migraines, headaches, chronic pain, autism spectrum disorders, sleep dysregulation, PTSD and concussion.”

On the flip side, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofeedback points out that “Biofeedback is the process of becoming aware of various physiological functions…” In other words, Biofeedback is for more physiological issues whereas Neurofeedback is more for the brain/mental side of it. Good luck and I hope I helped!

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Question?: Adhd In Children

Jenny asks…

What kind of engaging classroom activities for a 2nd grade ADHD student?

I need to be able to plan some engagin activities for a second grade ADHD child. Any suggestions or websites??

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children.

Methods of treatment usually involve some combination of medications, behavior modifications, life style changes, and counseling. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that stimulant medications and/or behavior therapy are appropriate and generally safe treatments for ADHD.

See the last link below for specific activities that you should have an ADHD child engage in. Good luck.

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Question?: Pdd-nos Checklist

Laura asks…

3 year old daughter’s speech. Need other parents’ advice!?

A few days ago, I read a book titled, “The Einstein Syndrome: Bright Children Who Talk Late” by Thomas Sowell. The book is of course about children who don’t speak or speak very little until they are between 2-4 years old. It emphasizes that bright children also can begin to speak very early, but (focuses on those who do not.)

My daughter is nearly 3. She does not carry on a conversation with anyone, points to most things she wants or we have to “read” her to pick up on what she needs. She sings the alphabet song, counts 1-20, says some sentences that I can comprehend but other sentences I cannot understand. Most times, I only know she is speaking actual sentences when she is going along with what she has “memorized” from commercials or movies while watching them- sometimes she just sits down and recites the movies and commercials from memory, although her words “jumble” together to the point where someone who didn’t know her wouldn’t know she was actually talking. She also loves to cuddle, hug, and play with other children, and she seems to understand some commands very well, and at other times she does not.

I read in the above book that “experts” are too quick to label a child “slow”, autistic, or as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when the child is only highly intelligent, strong willed, or just going at his or her own time-frame when it comes to social interactions and learning the practicalities of everyday life. Many of the late talkers in his study grew up to be engineers, mathematicians, or in other fields which require significant analytical skills. I am not suggesting that my daughter will be a genius. I just have a feeling that she should be allowed to “prosper” naturally. Certain people-those who haven’t had children in 30-60 years and one controlling, passive aggressive doctor (forgive me God for the criticism) who wouldn’t respect my questions and suggestions as a parent-think she needs help! I know that there are excellent professionals out there but, if there are any PARENTS with similar children, I would love your input! I have already read about parents of adult children who had similar “difficulties” as children and had no medical intervention; those adults are doing well.

I do not want to overlook a “problem” that may in fact exist. I am very nervous about taking my daughter to a specialist who may interpret a problem where there is none. I know I’m probably answering my own question, but…

What do you think?
A specialist can’t always tell the difference in my opinion, but thank you soooo much Sari Lynn for your insight!
Thank you Happymomof2. All I can say is that I know what you mean about worrying when I shouldn’t and being made to feel that what is actually “normal” is a delay or problem. I know I shouldn’t worry. My gut tells me everything is okay. It’s only an insecurity that gets me to ask for other people’s opinions about my daughter. I am a stay at home mom and will continue to work with her in a steady fashion. I know she will “catch up!”
Lauren R, I will surely take your advice! Thanks for the info! I worry about being impressionable and influenced if I were to find services available to my daughter, but realizing that I would be in total control of her health and safety help me to not be afraid to work with the professionals if I have to!
ADDED: In the meantime, why don’t you read information from reputable, science-based sources rather than pop-culture sensationalistic books (see below for links).
The Einstein story makes me crazy: Einstein was a genius in one particular area, but a total incompetent in many social (communication!) areas,~Anonymous

Anonymous, it seems as though you’re trying to be “kind” in your response. But, I don’t feel comfortable. I worry enough about my daughter, which is why I’m afraid to go to a specialist who may refer to her as “incompetent”! So, what would that make the specialist? Maybe she does need speech therapy, but I will be sure not to go to someone who labels her “incompetent”! Who says you do well in all your social interactions with others-you just learn to disguise your “fumbles” through the way you’ve learned to communicate!
I stated “I know that there are excellent professionals out there but, if there are any PARENTS with SIMILAR children, I would love your input!”
EDIT: THANK YOU so much for your post Beetlemilk. I will take heed to and look into all the info you have given me!

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You are the foremost expert on your child, not any doctor.

I am very similar to your daughter and am 38 yrs old. My father has similarities too. In 1975 I was referred to a behavioral psychologist for peculiar vernacular, and addressing my parents by their names and not pronouns. I was promptly diagnosed ‘Autistic’. I went on to receive many diagnoses, most which were inaccurate like 1978’s school psychologist Stanford-Binet IQ test that resulted in mentally retarded. An independent test I hit the ceiling and was diagnosed as super gifted. I am very bright, I have some social quirks, its functional. I’ve gotten married, had children, held a job, drive, graduated many times from college. I’ve been diagnosed 7x as autistic, 3 were diagnosed asperger’s.

My father was diagnosed Autistic in 1950. He is a director and psychologist for a residential autistic setting. He is thrice times married. He is gifted, has a rather flat affect most of the time and is difficult to engage in conversation. He was hyperlexic, reading @ age 2. He is asperger’s and was diagnosed in 1988 when I was.

I have a son diagnosed autistic and I disagree. Autism like ADHD is a catch-all diagnoses that is over diagnosed. My son has been dx ADHD as well. Really, he’s bipolar. (my background is a psych nurse for years)

Einstein was autistic and that doesn’t fit at least 299.00 or Autistic disorder. More like Bill Gates who is asperger’s.

Engineers and mathematicians are among the highest fields of autistic people in them, some studies say 20%. (My father’s father was an engineer, his mother was a CPA so math). My mother was bipolar, her mother was a mathematician.

Here’s what we know:
Your daughter is bright
She has an incredible rote memory
conversation skills are her area of weakness
she is using some delayed echolalia

Probably she would be diagnosed as on the autistic spectrum given the above and the overdiagnoses of it.

Help? What kind of help? She doesn’t need any help. I’m fine, my father is fine, my brother (dx PDD.NOS) is fine (information tech-computers). She can talk, and the articulation will come. What you can work on with her is conversation skills. Try to get some back and forth. Playdates 1:1.

My sons all get services but they are needed. I ignore a lot of what I don’t feel fits.

Intelligence testing is inaccurate for those without enough language to complete them, and they are inaccurate before age 6. I’ve scored a 56, 147-163 (7x)


So here are signs of asperger’s big deal.
Aspie Adult checklist (Alyson Bradley / www.asplanet.info – Sept. 2008 / updated May 2009):
1. Over think, analyze things,2. Prefer own company, 3. Obsessional interest, 4. Like routine, 5. Like rituals, 6. Collections, 7. Sensory problems, 8. Over focus on details, 9. Perfectionist, 10. Think outside the box!, 11. Cannot understand jokes, 12. Weird laugh and/or make odd noises,13. Nervous fidget, Stim, 14. Upset by crowds, shy, 15. Face doesn’t show emotion, 16. Very honest, can seem naïve, 17. Quirky, different somehow , 18. Cannot understand point of small talk, 19. Cannot understand society unwritten rules, 20. Bullied at school, work etc., 21. Lack of friends, socializing, 22. Friends much older or younger, 23. Mumbles, speaks to self, 24. Inappropriate emotions, response, 25. Connect well with animals, 26. Computer (Mr Spock) like logic, 27. Unexplained memory lapses, 28. Irregular sleeping patterns, 29. Hopeless or expert with maps, 30. Awkward, clumsy, bad body posture….

ON the site above the AS test I score a 44/50 with a score of 32 being most likely aspergers and an average female score of 11.

ETA: Sure

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Question?: Pdd-nos Checklist

Donna asks…

Do I have Autism disorder?

I’ve been “body rocking” all my life. I have bad social skills, I’m a visual person, and I do really well in math and music. I’m still not exactly sure what it is, but I was just curious. It seems like the more I read about it, the more I understand and relate to it…

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Body rocking is ‘stimming’ or ‘self stimulation’ and extremely common
Autism is a syndrome,
It is the neurodevelopment from a central nervous system impairment.
Autism is just one of five all grouped under “pervasive developmental disorders” While childhood disintegrative and Rett syndrome are slightly different. Both asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) are with and without delayed speech/skills considered ‘mildly autistic’ and ‘atypical autism’. They mirror each other by 99.93% with all the symptoms of classic autism. Autism or kanners autism is a vast spectrum in itself with severity ranging far enough for subtypes from non-verbal to high functioning Diagnosis is first marked by delayed development of speech and motor skills/controls at infancy and early childhood.
So autism no, aspergers maybe. But…..
Autism and other syndromes, disorders share same symptoms, such as
Sensory processing disorder
Executive dysfunction
Non-Verbal Learning Disability
Hypokalemic periodic paralysis
Thats just some, schizoid, emotional dysfunction, etc
Do you have any of those?

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Question?: What Is Autism Disorder

Mandy asks…

What’s the punishment if I lie so I can take disability payments?

I’m tired of being in a work environment, so is it worth lying about being profoundly Autistic (I don’t have an Autism disorder)? They refused to review me since I only have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which I think is unfair.

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Arrest and conviction for fraud – which would involve a prison sentence and an order that you (at a minimum) repay every penny of benefits you collected.

If you are that tired of being in a work environment, why don’t you save yourself the trouble and simply commit a federal crime. You’ll get four hots and cot, plus health care.

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Question?: Pdd 51

Linda asks…

can people with autisim or pdd join the military or are they disqualified and can’t enlist?

I’ve lots of unfair rumors that autistic people are not allowed in the military. Is this true. If you say it is? Then you guys are obviously liars! There no rules that autisim can’t be allowed in the military.

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Falls under Learning, psychiatric or behavioral disorders in AR 40-501, the Medical Standards regulation. All branches go based off the Army’s medical standards.

2–27. Learning, psychiatric and behavioral disorders
a. Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (314), or Perceptual/Learning Disorder(s) (315) does not meet the standard, unless applicant can demonstrate passing academic performance and there has been no use of medication(s) in the previous 12 months.
B. Current or history of academic skills or perceptual defects (315) secondary to organic or functional mental disorders, including, but not limited to dyslexia, that interfere with school or employment, do not meet the standard. Applicants demonstrating passing academic and employment performance without utilization or recommendation of academic and/or work accommodations at any time in the previous 12 months may be qualified.
C. Current or history of disorders with psychotic features such as schizophrenia (295), paranoid disorder (297), and other unspecified psychosis (298) does not meet the standard.
D. Current mood disorders including, but not limited to, major depression (296.2–3), bipolar (296.4–7), affective psychoses (296.8–9), depressive not otherwise specified (311), do not meet the standard.
14 AR 40–501 • 14 December 2007/RAR 23 August 2010(1) History of mood disorders requiring outpatient care for longer than 6 months by a physician or other mental health professional (V65.40), or inpatient treatment in a hospital or residential facility does not meet the standard.
(2) History of symptoms consistent with a mood disorder of a repeated nature that impairs school, social, or work efficiency does not meet the standard.
E. Current or history of adjustment disorders (309) within the previous 3 months does not meet the standard.
F. Current or history of conduct (312), or behavior (313) disorders does not meet the standard. Recurrent encounters with law enforcement agencies, antisocial attitudes or behaviors are tangible evidence of impaired capacity to adapt to military service and as such do not meet the standard.
G. Current or history of personality disorder (301) does not meet the standard. History (demonstrated by repeated inability to maintain reasonable adjustment in school, with employers or fellow workers, or other social groups), interview, or psychological testing revealing that the degree of immaturity, instability, personality inadequacy, impulsiveness, or dependency will likely interfere with adjustment in the Armed Forces does not meet the standard.
H. Current or history of other behavior disorders does not meet the standard, including, but not limited to conditions such as the following:
(1) Enuresis (307.6) or encopresis (307.7) after 13th birthday does not meet the standard.
(2) Sleepwalking (307.4) after 13th birthday does not meet the standard.
(3) Eating disorders (307.5), anorexia nervosa (307.1), bulimia (307.51), or unspecified disorders of eating (307.59) lasting longer than 3 months and occurring after 13th birthday do not meet the standard.
I. Any current receptive or expressive language disorder, including, but not limited to any speech impediment, stammering and stuttering (307.0) of such a degree as to significantly interfere with production of speech or to repeat commands, does not meet the standard.
J. History of suicidal behavior, including gesture(s) or attempt(s) (300.9), or history of self-mutilation, does not meet the standard.
K. Current or history of anxiety disorders (anxiety (300.01) or panic (300.2)), agoraphobia (300.21), social phobia (300.23), simple phobias (300.29), obsessive-compulsive (300.3), other acute reactions to stress (308), and posttraumatic stress disorder (309.81) do not meet the standard.
L. Current or history of dissociative disorders, including, but not limited to hysteria (300.1), depersonalization (300. 6), and other (300.8), do not meet the standard.
M. Current or history of somatoform disorders, including, but not limited to hypochondriasis (300.7) or chronic pain disorder, do not meet the standard.
N. Current or history of psychosexual conditions (302), including, but not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias, do not meet the standard.
O. Current or history of alcohol dependence (303), drug dependence (304), alcohol abuse (305), or other drug abuse (305.2 thru 305.9) does not meet the standard.
P. 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, do not meet the standard

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale

William asks…

My friend may have aspergers syndrome. Is there a type of test to conclude that he does have this?

admin answers:

Yes, but diagnosis can be complicated. There are tests:

ASDS Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale
ASSQ Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire
CAST Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test
KADI Krug Aspergers Disorder Index
AQ Autism Spectrum Quotient; Adult, children, adolescents

The standard diagnostic tool is the Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised ADI-R

Diagnosis is most often between ages 4-11. Many are initially diagnosed with ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In adults, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, Major Depressive disorder, non-verbal learning disorder, semantic pragmatic disorder, Tourette syndrome and bipolar disorder need to be ruled out first.

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Comorbid Conditions

Many other medical conditions may occur along with autism. These comorbid conditions are also important in determining the diagnosis of autism. The comorbid conditions may be used to indicate autism; however, they do not have a direct effect in causing disabilities associated with autism. Autism is firmly diagnosed as a cognitive disability that starts in early childhood, continues through adulthood and has an effect on the development of imaginative, communication and social interaction skills.

Over 40 comorbidities have been associated with ASD. (Zafeiriou, Ververia, & Vargiamia, 2007) Some of the most common comorbid conditions are:

Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders apart from those that are included in the autism disorders may occur, however it is difficult to say it is a comorbid anxiety problem.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depressive disorder. It may have other comorbid conditions in itself.

Bowel Disease

Gastrointestinal symptoms are known to affect a large percentage of children with autism. Constipation and inflammation of the intestines are among the common bowel diseases that are comorbid with autism disorders.

Depression and other Psychopathological Disorders

Various phobias, depression and some psychopathological disorders are known to occur with autism, though this has not been examined systematically.

Fragile X Syndrome

This has an effect on two to five percent of the population with autism. In this condition one component of the X chromosome is defective, and therefore looks fragile when viewed under a microscope. If a child has Fragile X, then there are high chances that his or her sibling will have Fragile X.


Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may co-occur in children with autism. The co-diagnosis of ASD and ADHD is prohibited by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edition). ADHD treatments are not very successful among children with ASD. Other kinds of medication and therapies are required for its treatment.

Mental Retardation

Some individuals with mental retardation are reported to also have autism.

Neuroinflammation and Immune Disorders

Many comorbid conditions connected to autism may be triggered by some immune disorders. Recent findings have shown that neuroinflammation and immune disorders are present in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid of some patients with ASD.

Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

This is typified by a considerable difference between greater verbal scores and lower performance scores in IQ tests. Disabilities related to motor, social and visual-spatial skill are also noticed.

Motor Clumsiness

Children with autism frequently have low levels of motor handiness and they acquire motor skills in a delayed period. Coordination may be poor which may affect their posture, handwriting, etc. Conceptual learning skills are also affected by this.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Recurring obsessive thought and actions may affect a child with autism. These are stereotyped repetitive behaviors that are not essentially enjoyable.

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette syndrome affects 6.5% people with autism. It may occur due to genetic factors or serotonin, glutamate and dopamine abnormalities.


Seizures occur in one in four children with autism. It is caused by irregular electrical action in the brain, which can cause short-term unconsciousness, staring spells and body convulsions.

Sensory Problems

Sensory problems apart from the sensory symptoms of autism may occur as a comorbid condition. For instance damaged tactile perception is known to affect children with autism more than adults. Related motor problems such as poor motor planning may also occur.

Tuberous Sclerosis

This is an uncommon genetic disorder that causes benign tumors in the brain and other vital organs. One to four percent of people with autism are known to have tuberous sclerosis. 25 to 61% people with tuberous sclerosis may be diagnosed with autism.

References: Zafeiriou, D. I., Ververia, A., & Vargiamia, E. (2007). Childhood autism and associated comorbidities. Brain and Development, 29, 257-272.

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