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What parts/tissues/organs of the body are affected by Autism Disorder?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:08 AM on Apr. 25, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • Autism is a neuological disorder so it affects the brain. But it's important to understand that just because a child has autism doesn't mean that they won't suffer from any other medical disorders or that every problem a child has is related to the autism. Just like everyone else autistic people can suffer from digestive problems or allergies or anything else. So while a gluten-free diet might be helpful for anyone who has problems digesting gluten (whether or not they're autistic) - it doesn't cure or treat autism. Having digestive problems taken care of will probably help an autistic person better focus on other behavior treatments. Afterall don't we all have problems doing something if we were having pain or other problems. But it's not that autism necessarily causes digestive problems.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:42 AM on Apr. 26, 2010

  • Autism is a mental disorder.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:10 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Collection of data has identified that many with Autism suffer from stomach problems.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:15 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Link 9:15--referring to MMR or Red #40?! Because NEITHER of my boys who have been diagnosed with Autism have stomach or digestive problems! Their Autism manifests itself in their ability to converse back and forth. While completely verbal and at or above grade level in school they have difficulty in relating to others.

    Autism affected the speech center in their BRAIN. To address this issue, we have been concentrating on Relationship Development Intervention--RDI (Google Dr. Steven Gutstein for more info).

    Autism is a BRAIN disorder--at some point in gestation a part of the brain did not develop--in part or in full, and depending on WHERE in the brain and how LARGE the damaged area is, determines the degree/severity of Autism. That is the MAJORITY of cases. There are, of course, RARE versions of autism that are degenerative or caused by adverse reactions, illnesses, etc, but that is NOT all children with Autism.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:30 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • A physical therapist will say that children with Autism have Hypotonia .....not sure what that is?/

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:39 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • hypotonia caused by botulism

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:51 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Hypotonia is often a sign of a worrisome problem. The condition can affect children or adults.

    Infants with hypotonia seem floppy and feel like a "rag doll" when held. They rest with their elbows and knees loosely extended, while infants with normal tone tend to have flexed elbows and knees. They may have poor or no head control. The head may fall to the side, backward, or forward.

    Infants with normal tone can be lifted with the parent's hands placed under the armpits. Hypotonic infants tend to slip between the hands as the infant's arms rise without resistance.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:51 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction is a disorder popularized by Occupational Therapists. Almost all kids with Autism have sensory issues.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:05 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • There is something about Autistic Children having larger ears. Neurologists have reported this.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • every autistic kid i've seen has had eyes that were closer to their nose than most...that could just be a coincidence though, i'm not a doctor.

    Answer by sophistcatdfury at 10:52 AM on Apr. 25, 2010