100 Questions & Answers About Autism : Expert Advice from a by Campion E. Quinn

By Campion E. Quinn

A hundred Questions & solutions approximately Autism: professional suggestion from a Physician/Parent Caregiver makes a speciality of problems with severe significance to those that love and take care of autistic teenagers and adults. This publication grants authoritative, functional solutions to the most typical questions on autism, together with factors, prognosis, treatments, assets of help, and masses extra. Written via a doctor who's the guardian of an autistic baby, this article combines the author’s scientific wisdom, large examine, and private event. The textual content is supplemented with options and reviews from different mom and dad of autistic young children, making this a useful source for all family of individuals dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of autism.

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Children with autism develop differently from other children. Typical children develop the full range of neurologic skills (such as language, motor coordination, cognitive ability, and social skills) at about the same rate. Autistic children have an uneven rate of development in these skill areas. Autistic children may have excellent cognitive skills and be able to solve complex math problems and have a wide-ranging vocabulary, but may have difficulty communicating their ideas, taking turns, or reading the emotional content of a person’s face or tone of voice.

The typical patterns of behavior before a formal diagnosis include problems with attention and conduct, social withdrawal, and hypersensitivity to sounds, noises, and textures. More than 80 percent of children have auditory hallucinations; 50 percent have delusional beliefs. Tuberous sclerosis: This affects approximately 1 in 10,000 people and is characterized by abnormal tissue growth or benign tumors in the brain and other organs such as the skin, kidneys, eyes, heart, and lungs. Autistic-like symptoms were first described in patients with tuberous sclerosis a decade before Kanner’s classic delineation of infantile autism.

Children with autism do not seem to understand social cues; therefore; social appropriateness can present a problem. They may stand too close to the people they are talking to, may hug or kiss strangers, or might stick with one topic of conversation for too long. Autistic children have difficulty understanding their listener’s perspective, thus creating a lack of insight into the conversation. For example, a person with autism may not understand that someone is Diagnosing Autism ● Q & A 41 JBQ018_PartII 10/27/05 2:54 PM Page 42 1 0 0 Q & A A B O U T A U T I S M using humor or sarcasm.

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