By Campion E. Quinn
A hundred Questions & solutions approximately Autism: professional recommendation from a Physician/Parent Caregiver specializes in problems with serious significance to people who love and deal with autistic kids and adults. This publication offers authoritative, sensible solutions to the most typical questions about autism, together with explanations, prognosis, cures, assets of help, and lots more and plenty extra. Written through a doctor who's the mother or father of an autistic baby, this article combines the author’s scientific wisdom, huge study, and private adventure. The textual content is supplemented with suggestions and reviews from different mom and dad of autistic kids, making this a useful source for all family of individuals dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of autism.
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This refers to skills or milestones that a child is expected to have because most children their age have them. When interviewing the parents of a child suspected of autism, the doctor should ask about loss of speech or a significant decrease in the child’s vocabulary or nonverbal communication skills such as pointing or grabbing. The doctor should inquire about any change in social skills, inattentiveness, or an apparent loss of interest in parents or siblings at any age. When evaluating children for autism, specialists utilize several screening instruments that have been developed 46 JBQ018_PartII 10/27/05 2:54 PM Page 47 1 0 0 Q & A A B O U T A U T I S M Diagnosing Autism to quickly gather information about a child’s social and communicative development within medical settings.
52 Genetic screening. A screen for fragile X syndrome is appropriate in autistic children. Fragile X syndrome, also known as Martin-Bell syndrome, is a sex-linked genetic abnormality and is the most common form of inherited learning disability and mental retardation. Although not affecting the mother, the genetic defect is carried by her and can be transmitted to her children. It affects approximately 1 in every 1,000 to 2,000 male individuals and the female carrier frequency may be substantially higher.
Cornelia de Lange syndrome: Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CDLS) is a multiple congenital anomaly syndrome. The exact incidence is unclear, but it is thought to be between 1 in 10,000 and 1 in 30,000 live births. The syndrome is characterized by the following: a distinctive facial appearance, including a small head size, eyebrows that meet at the mid● 26 JBQ018_PartI 10/27/05 2:50 PM Page 27 1 0 0 ● ● ● ● A B O U T A U T I S M line, long eyelashes, short up-turned nose, and thin down-turned lips prenatal and postnatal growth deficiency (low birth weight) feeding difficulties delays in reaching typical developmental milestones (especially in receptive and expressive language) behavioral problems (heightened sensitivity to touch; behavioral difficulties including hyperactivity, short attention span, oppositional and repetitive behavior, and self-injurious behavior [SIB]) Physical malformations involving the arms and hands Because these behavioral characteristics are similar in many ways to those present in individuals with autism, “autistic-like behaviors” are listed as an associated complication for individuals with Cornelia de Lange syndrome.
100 Questions & Answers About Autism : Expert Advice from a Physician Parent Caregiver (100 Questions & Answers about . . .) by Campion E. Quinn