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Question?: Autism Signs In Children

Sandra asks…

What can cause a child to be excited only by bright lights in night time streets, to have no interest in, or?

liking for their immediate environment or the people in it, apart from their family, and to think the world is a big and mysterious place, and want to get out into it? Is this a form of Autism?

admin answers:

Probably not autism if the kid is differentially interested in family members. Possibly these are signs of hyperactivity deficit disorder, but if this is a young child it’s probably a symptom of being a young child whose forebrain is still developing, along with the capacity for neocortical control of behavior.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Thomas asks…

Can you develop autism as a teenager/adult?

I have been seeing a therapist for a few years, and she seems to think that I am developing autism. I’m 16 years old, and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to develop autism at this age. I’m almost positive that my therapist is just a nutjob, because she’s also told me that I have mild schizophrenia, which is in no way true (and I actually DID see a doctor about that). I just want to be sure.

admin answers:

No, autism is something people are born with, not something you can acquire. One of the criteria for classic autism is that the symptoms must appear before the age of 3. It’s possible to be diagnosed as a teen or adult, but not to develop it.

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Question?: Autistic Spectrum

William asks…

How do you like my technique of getting bullies out of sight?

When the guy was making fun of me, the only thing I would think of is…The Police. So I threatened to call the police on him and tell them that they will come and arrest them for making retard “noises” that I so loathed since it is the discrimination against the people of the autistic spectrum. So they scrambled to get out.
So what do you think?
I know it is legal to make noises, but with high screech moaning and the hand flapping, I know how discriminatory it is to me since I have Aspergers.

admin answers:

Sounds like a terrible idea becase its not agaist the law to make noises, and once they find out that the cops don’t come it will get worse. I was always fond of a baseball bat to the knee cap when dealing with bullies.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome

Laura asks…

Can someone please explain to me what Asperger syndrome is?

I made a new friend and she told me that she had Asperger syndrome I read a little about it online but I still don’t fully understand it 🙁 can someone help me? Please no rude answers!

admin answers:

I have Asperger’s basically I find it hard to make friends (socialize) , I stick to a very fixed routine which I cannot break. People with Asperger’s often have 1 to 3 obsessions (like Astrology, Trains etc) with me it is the Weather & Animals. Not everyone with Asperger’s is the same. They are tend to clumsy and find it very hard/impossible to make eye-contact with someone. I am of average-intelligence like most Asperger’s suffers. They can be ultra-sensitive to sounds, smell or light. They often take things rather literally like “I feel like killing you” the person with Asperger’s may take this literally and get frightened, although I have learnt that is is just a figure of speech. We find is difficult to read other people’s facial expressions and body language. I could name more traits but I’m too tired. One more thing they often have excellent memories especially with date of births, childhood memories etc. I hope you and your friend have an excellent time together forever.
Take care. Good-bye.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Quiz

Steven asks…

I supposedly have a lack of empathy and is it a big deal?

did a empathy quotient and got 5
0 – 32 = low (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33 – 52 = average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53 – 63 is above average
64 – 80 is very high
80 is maximum

http://glennrowe.net/BaronCohen/EmpathyQuotient/EmpathyQuotient.aspx

admin answers:

Even though this quiz is called the empathy quotient, most of the questions don’t have anything to do with empathy. I got a 17, even though I do feel empathy, sometimes very strongly (and I do have Asperger’s, incidentally). Many of the questions actually involved social abilities and social intuition, which is related to empathy but not the same thing. And some of the questions seemed to have very little connection with empathy whatsoever. Like, what does being nervous about riding on a roller coaster have to do with empathy? As is the case with most online tests, you shouldn’t take your results too seriously.

Even if you do, in fact, have below average empathy, it’s not that big a deal so long as you treat people with respect and decency.

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Richard asks…

Is being in your own little world a part of autism?

I have autism spectrum disorder or aspergers syndrome and I am in my own little world most of the time. It distracts me form my learning I start thinking about star trek or videogames or something else. I wonder is this a part of AS? Because I can be looking at the teacher and daydreaming at the same time and not get the assignment. Are most kids with aspurgers syndrome in there own little worlds? How can I get out of there?

admin answers:

It’s quite common for people with autism spectrum disorders to be in their own world a lot, but not everyone on the autism spectrum is like that and some people who are not on the spectrum are in their own world too.

I think being in our own world a lot can probably be explained at least partly by our environment not being suitable for us. I have Asperger’s syndrome too and I’m in my own world most of the time and I seem to go there when there is either too little or too much stimuli in my environment. I go to my own world in attempt to regulate the stimuli to make it the way I need it to be.

When I was in school I was bored most of the time, because the things we were studying about were too easy for me, so I kept my mind busy by being in my own world a lot, dealing with something more challenging. When I felt lonely and didn’t really have any friends or family to feel close to, I went to my own world to spend time with imaginary, loving friends. At my current working place there is excessive sensory input and I go to my own world a lot to try to block out some of the sensory input and distractions around me. I don’t go to my own world when I’m in a good, suitable environment with an appropriate amount of challenges and sensory experiences and balanced emotions.

I’ve never really attempted to stop being in my own world, because I don’t consider it much of a problem, but I guess that if i wanted to, I’d try to do it by trying to make my environment more suitable somehow, for example by making sure I have something challenging and interesting to do, but a good sensory and emotional environment to do it in.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Sharon asks…

A question about genetics. I have a child with ?

PDD-NOS, which is an autism spectrum disorder. I’ve read that normally people have a 1 in 150 chance of having a child with autism, but it jumps up to 1 in 20 for people who already have an autistic child.

My question is, does anyone know what my chances would be of having a child with classic autism or Rett‘s syndrome? I’m not worried about having a child with PDD-NOS or Aspergers, but I do have concerns about having a child with classic autism.
Hi Sally! Last July my son had been checked for Fragile X since he not only has PDD, but also scored low on a few I.Q. tests and has hyper-flexibility in his joints. However, he was not found to have this condition. I thank God, because I was terrified.

He’s seeing the genetics counselor again next Monday (for what, I do not know) but when I had asked the doctor the question, I didn’t receive much more than an answer that I have around a 1 in 20 chance of having another child with an ASD, but wasn’t informed on the risk for having one with classic autism. I was just hoping that possibly someone here knew the risk.

admin answers:

Hi …I am not sure but i was told i ‘might’ have another child with autism if i were to have another baby, i know a lady who has three children two girls and a boy the two older girls both have autism one more severe than the other the boy doesn’t have problems, so i would say yes there is always a chance

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Mark asks…

What is the distinguishing factor between catatonic schizophrenia and the other types of schizophrenia?

admin answers:

Catatonic schizophrenia is most defined by the movement or speech of the individual. People with catatonic schizophrenia can vary between two extremes…too much movement or too little. This can manifest as rigid posturing held for hours or even days at a time, or on the opposite extreme it can manifest as too much movement that seemingly has no purpose…such as pacing or other repetitive movements. People with catatonic schizophrenia may also talk very little or talk very fast…or speech may not be affected.

Paranoid schizophrenia is characterized by the prevalence of hallucinations and delusions of persecution. They often believe that there are conspiracies against them or that people are trying to hurt them. Movement and speech problems can still occur but with much less frequency or severity.

Disorganized schizophrenia is characterized by a problem in speech or actions. People with this type may dress in a manner that does not appear to make sense or is bizarre (such as wearing several coats in the summer). Or, their speech may be affected in a manner that causes them to talk in a pattern that is hard to follow or with words that seem to be out of order. They may jump from topic to topic without others being able to find a connection between the topics.

Undifferentiated schizophrenia is diagnosed when people exhibit symptoms common in the other types. For example, being paranoid, having hallucinations, and having very disorganized speech. Or having hallucinations and rigid posturing.

But really the distinguishing factor with catatonic schizophrenia is the pattern of movement…be it too little or too much.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome In Adults

Mary asks…

Does anybody know any friendship groups for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome?

Okay so somebody told me that there is a support group or whatever for people with Asperger‘s Syndrome. Do you know of a such thing?

admin answers:

There are good forums for people with Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders at http://www.wrongplanet.net

There you can talk to other adults who have it. I have found those forums very useful.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 6 Year Old

Carol asks…

Does anyone know anyone with a chromosome missing?

My son is 7 years old now, but we were told he was missing a chromosome @ the age of 6 months. He was not doing things that a 6 month baby should be doing.( Mentally & Physically slow.)
I would like to talk to other families like us.

admin answers:

It depends on what chromosome is missing and what the symptoms he shows are.

A missing chromosome is sometimes associated with people on the autism spectrum. Is that what you’re talking about?

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