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What is Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS).Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. In Canada, the diagnosis of ASD is usually provided by a medical doctors or psychologists. ASD diagnostic assessments typically use both direct observation and developmental interviews to inform the diagnosing clinician's clinical judgement based on ASD criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic , all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.

National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System-Government of Canada and Tracking it in every province , how it differs in collecting date from Canada and the USA and more

What are some common signs of autism?
How is autism diagnosed?
What causes autism?
What role do genes play?
Do symptoms of autism change over time?
How is autism treated?
What research is being done?
Where can I get more information?

What are the health conditions associated with ASD?

When an Autism Diagnosis Comes in Adulthood

 

What Causes Autism

Over the last five years, scientists have identified a number of rare gene changes, or mutations, associated with autism. Research has identified more than a hundred autism risk genes. In around 15 percent of cases, a specific genetic cause of a person’s autism can be identified. However, most cases involve a complex and variable combination of genetic risk and environmental factors that influence early brain development.

In other words, in the presence of a genetic predisposition to autism, a number of nongenetic, or environmental, influence further increase a child’s risk. The clearest evidence of these environmental risk factors involves events before and during birth. They include advanced parental age at time of conception (both mom and dad), maternal illness during pregnancy, extreme prematurity and very low birth weight and certain difficulties during birth, particularly those involving periods of oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain. Mothers exposed to high levels of pesticides and air pollution may also be at higher risk of having a child with ASD. It is important to keep in mind that these factors, by themselves, do not cause autism. Rather, in combination with genetic risk factors, they appear to modestly increase risk.

 

 

DSM 4 and 5

 

 DSM 4 Diagnostic Criteria

DSM 5 Diagnostic Criteria

The DSM-5 new category social communication disorder (SCD)

DSM-5 Implementation and Support

New autism DSM 5 definition may decrease diagnosis by one-third

Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5

Who is qualified to diagnose youths or adults with ASD -some doctors

 

 

General Information about ASD

  

  What Do I Do Now?

    Acronyms Related to Autism

 

Sensory Friendly Home and Yard

 

Creating a Sensory-Friendly Home for Your Autistic Child

How to Create a backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities

 

 

 

Health & Services Information

 

Seizures and Autism

Special Diets and Recipes

Autism and Dental Care

Pica eating of dirt or paint etc.

 

Education

   

Speech Language Pathologists

ABA and IBI Information

Alternative Therapies   

  Teaching Strategies

    Learning Styles in ASD

Strategies for Working With Children With Autism

15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

 

Information for Adults with ASD

 

   

    Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome

    in Adulthood

    Website Links for Adults and ASD     Information

The Guide to Securing Life-long Accommodations for Adult Children with Special Needs

Creating a Home Atmosphere of Solitude to Help Cope with Adult Autism

 

Travel and ASD

 

    Website Links for Travel for

    Individuals with ASD

Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Disabilities

 

 

Sleeping Issues

 

Sleeping Problems

Tuck- is all about sleep issues

Bullying

Suicide Prevention

Restraint & Seclusion

   

 Bullying, Suicide and Seclusion

   

 

 

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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