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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Donald asks…

How can you tell if some one has autism?

What are the symptoms?

admin answers:

Autism – Symptoms
Core symptoms
The severity of symptoms varies greatly between individuals, but all people with autism have some core symptoms in the areas of:

Social interactions and relationships. Symptoms may include:
Significant problems developing nonverbal communication skills, such as eye-to-eye gazing, facial expressions, and body posture.
Failure to establish friendships with children the same age.
Lack of interest in sharing enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people.
Lack of empathy. People with autism may have difficulty understanding another person’s feelings, such as pain or sorrow.
Verbal and nonverbal communication. Symptoms may include:
Delay in, or lack of, learning to talk. As many as 40% of people with autism never speak.1
Problems taking steps to start a conversation. Also, people with autism have difficulties continuing a conversation after it has begun.
Stereotyped and repetitive use of language. People with autism often repeat over and over a phrase they have heard previously (echolalia).
Difficulty understanding their listener’s perspective. For example, a person with autism may not understand that someone is using humor. They may interpret the communication word for word and fail to catch the implied meaning.
Limited interests in activities or play. Symptoms may include:
An unusual focus on pieces. Younger children with autism often focus on parts of toys, such as the wheels on a car, rather than playing with the entire toy.
Preoccupation with certain topics. For example, older children and adults may be fascinated by video games, trading cards, or license plates.
A need for sameness and routines. For example, a child with autism may always need to eat bread before salad and insist on driving the same route every day to school.
Stereotyped behaviors. These may include body rocking and hand flapping.

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Understanding the Autism Spectrum

The terminology that is oftentimes used in order to describe and diagnose disorders that are classified as pervasive developmental disorders is referred to as the Autism Spectrum. Pervasive developmental disorders include Autism, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, and Rett Syndrome. They are typically characterized by cognitive delays, communication difficulties, repetitive or stereotyped behaviors and interests and social deficits.

Despite the fact that these diagnoses have some features in common, the individuals who are afflicted with these disorders are considered as being “on the Autism Spectrum” because of the differences in severity exhibited from one individual to the next.

As we mentioned above, there are five categories of pervasive developmental disorders and are broken down as follows:

Autism – characterized by abnormal functioning or delays prior to age 3 in one or more of the following areas communication, repetitive, restrictive, and stereotyped patterns of activity, behavior, or interest and poor social interaction.

These deficits are all characterized by specific aspects and elements that are unique to each of those three areas.

Most of the developmental delays are distinguished in each child by the deviance of or lack of delays in early language development. Additionally, those individuals who have been diagnosed with autism typically do not exhibit any cognitive delays.

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – unlike the aforementioned two areas, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is usually characterized by the loss of functioning or significant regression after the first two years of development. The child afflicted with this might lose their communication skills, motor functioning, nonverbal behaviors, and certain skills that have been learned already.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified – a “sub-threshold” form of Autism because of the fact that it is characterized by milder Autism symptoms or those symptoms that exist in a single domain such as social difficulties.

Rett Syndrome – is characterized by numerous deficits that follow a period where functions appear normal after birth while only occurring in females. It is characterized by a loss of acquired language and social engagement skills, loss of expressive or meaningful hand skills, decelerated growth of the children’s head and poor physical coordination

The risk of comorbidity tends to increase as the individual ages and may make things difficult for the younger adults. This makes intervention or treatment extremely challenging. Furthermore, distinguishing between Autism Spectrum disorders and other diagnoses is a challenge in itself because they will sometimes overlap the symptoms that characterize other disorders.

So, characteristics of current Autism Spectrum disorders make it difficult for the more standard types of diagnostic procedures to be done accurately. In spite of this, comorbid disorders tend to fall into the following six categories where they can be easily identified as anxiety disorders, behavior-related disorders, intellectual disabilities, medical conditions, mood disorders and sensory processing disorders.

You want to remember that the more you know regarding the Autism Spectrum, the easier it will be for you to learn how to manage your child’s symptoms.

For the latest videos and training information on child development as well as books and curricula on Autism please visit childdevelopmentmedia.com.

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Adult Symptoms of Autism

“Autism Spectrum” describes disorders that are often called “pervasive developmental disorders”. These include Asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett syndrome. Symptoms for these disorders include social deficits, difficulties communicating, repetitive behaviors, stereotyped behaviors and cognitive delays. The difference in the individuals with these disorders are in the severity experienced.

In your search to read more about the symptoms of autism in adults you encountered a lot of sights sponsored and supported by the pharmaceutical industry, who, at present, is quite alarmed that they might lose the battle against autism and Alzheimer’s to the alternative medical professions utilizing integrative modalities of care.

One reason people develop the symptoms of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) is because when they went to their regular doctors for checkups, and blood tests were performed, the doctors and laboratories that did the testing used normal ranges. What’s wrong with using ‘normal ranges’?

Doctors order blood tests all the time. What the normal range is on the blood test is based on the mean averages of the last 1000 people tested by the lab. But these people are not well and the ranges are too large. A more healthy range is a more narrow range…that is the optimum range. Had the doctors of these patients with alzheimer’s, before they had Alzheimer’s, told them that their blood values were less than optimal, even though they were barely within clinical ranges of normal, then they could have taken measures to correct these less than optimal blood values. A more stringent range encourages us to take healthy measures before we are stricken with an ailment as distressing as Alzheimer’s.

Often people’s values fall into the ‘normal’ range, they are told, “all is well”, and yet they feel chronically fatigued, not quite right, have anxiety and depression, or are beginning to have the cognitive symptoms of adult autism and they don’t know why…after all the blood test says there is nothing wrong with them. Then one day, John Doe dies of a heart attack and everyone thought he was doing fine.

Blood is a good indicator and in the work I do I use a more narrow range, a more stringent range. I make corrections BEFORE problems progress to a more serious state. With cancer now exceeding cardio-vascular as the major cause of death in the U.S. we have to react preventatively well in advance of major diseases. And with PDD on the rise in our youth and in adults we have to make blood and hair value corrections early enough to prevent changes on deeper levels – do nothing and health gets worse!

Adding a hair analysis to the equation makes good sense. It tells us about many items that are not usually tested in the blood. In the work I do I test for 52 items in the blood and 30 in the hair. The hair can show us which of 18 heavy metals have accumulated in our tissues. These heavy metals may be responsible for PDD and other ailments for which, as of yet, the regular medical profession says they do not know cures.

For those with adult symptoms of autism a urine and stool analysis should be considered as well. Constant depletion of nutrients from the body affects brain function. Heavy metals also have the ability to block chemical reactions in the body thereby depleting vitamin stores and causing the production of free radicals. Free radicals interfere with chemical pathways. The more we are unable to create all the molecules we need for normal function the more we are running on 3 cylinders!

Aluminum has been implicated in alzheimer’s. A hair analysis will show aluminum in the hair. The heavy metals and the essentials elements, mostly minerals, that the hair analysis will pick up, are an indication of what the body is trying to get rid of. The body uses hair to deposit unwanted substances. When aluminum is high in the hair it indicates that the body is doing well eliminating the aluminum but it also means that the aluminum shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

Dr. Thomas has 33 years of experience treating chronic conditions.

Treating chronic disease is a complicated and tedious work. Most physicians can only spend a few minutes with each patient as their clinic owners and hospital management force them to keep on the move. Dr. Thomas spends half an hour just explaining what tests will be done…then he spends an hour going over the test results with you and discussing nutrient cures. He also requests that you check in with him once a month for at least a half hour to go over your symptoms and to discuss your nutrients.

33 years experience has taught Dr. Thomas the value of quality care, personal patient/doctor interaction and just what is required to obtain lasting results.

Refer to my website for more information on this topic and to watch videos from the television show I do on Nutritional Medicines by Lab Analysis.

Adult Symptoms of Autism

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